Thursday, August 27, 2009
May 18, 2009
The above date might not mean much to you, but it has a special significance to me. May 18, 2009 was the day I was laid off from my job, permanently laid off that is. I worked for an electrical supply company that I will not name. I actually liked working there because of my fascination with electricity and the devices that make it work. I became a statistic in a matter of minutes when the branch manager called me into the office to inform me that "the day we were all dreading has come...." I was not happy about what came next, the termination documents, the COBRA documents, which is a joke in and of itself, the 401k cash-in forms. The branch manager and my soon-to-be former co-workers were not happy about what was happening to me. To give the branch manager credit, he apologized to me for doing what he had to do at the behest of the company. Actually he apologized to me three times. The reason for termination was "Workforce Reduction" neat euphemism isn't it? I'm not bitter at the company I worked for, and I'm certainly not angry with my former co-workers. I am angry at an increasingly intrusive Government at all levels ( local, state, federal) for screwing up the economy in the first place all in the name of "equality". I urge everyone to beware of somebody who uses the word equality in reference to the economy because nine times out of ten, that person means equality of outcome rather than equality of opportunity. You cannot guarantee equality of outcome. No matter how much you try to force socialism on a nation or how hard you try to communize a nation, you'll never guarantee equality of outcome. The reason you can't guarantee it it this: We're all individuals, and we're all different people. No two people are alike in all aspects. Human nature is human nature and no Socialist or Communist or Fascist will ever change that no matter how many mass murders they commit in the name of their idealogy.