US Stocks Open Lower As Financials Lead Declines

Just for the fun of it, let’s take a look at a money news story. You know, since we ALL have such magnificent jobs and more money than we know what to do with. :roll:

US Stocks Open Lower As Financials Lead Declines

NEW YORK (Dow Jones) — U.S. stocks opened lower Thursday as investors turned a bit cautious following less-than-stellar results from J.P. Morgan Chase and another uninspiring report on the labor market.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 90 points, or 0.8%, to 11428. The losses came after the Dow gained 102.55 points in the previous session and closed at a six-week high.

The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index eased 11 points, or 0.9%, to 1196. Each of the index’s 10 sectors traded in negative territory, with financial and material stocks posting the biggest declines. The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite lost 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2599.

The action followed J.P. Morgan reporting a slight drop in third-quarter earnings. Investment-banking operations were weak, as expected, and took a toll on results, although the damage was partially offset by strong lending to businesses and revenue gains in the consumer business. Shares fell 2.8%.

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US Stocks Open Lower As Financials Lead Declines

Lessons need to be learned. These *Occupy Wall Street* hippies are of the opinion that we are all rich, all of us on the right, all Conservatives and Republicans. They are operating in a world where they are fed rumors by their *handlers* that tell them that we are evil and it is our diabolical evilness that is holding back hippies, minorities and a plethora of other unwashed and smelly folks that went to college and attained degrees in LIBERAL Arts.

I received the following in an email this morning and I have NOT verified its authenticity, but there is a name and number at the bottom if you wish to. No matter, real or just one of those *Internet email* things, this cuts to the heart of the matter better than anything I can say regarding the current state of American government and business.

To All My Valued Employees,

There have been some rumblings around the office about the future of this company, and more specifically, your job. As you know, the economy has changed for the worse and presents many challenges. However, the good news is this: The economy doesn’t pose a threat to your job.

What does threaten your job however, is the changing political landscape in this country. Of course, as your employer, I am forbidden to tell you whom to vote for – it is against the law to discriminate based on political affiliation, race, creed, religion, etc.

Please vote for who you think will serve your interests the best. However, let me tell you some little tidbits of fact which might help you decide what is in your best interest. First, while it is easy to spew rhetoric that casts employers against employees, you have to understand that for every business owner there is a back story.

This back story is often neglected and overshadowed by what you see and hear. Sure, you see me park my Mercedes outside. You saw my big home at last years Christmas party. I’m sure all these flashy icons of luxury conjure up some idealized thoughts about my life. However, what you don’t see is the back story.

I started this company 12 years ago. At that time, I lived in a 300 square foot studio apartment for 3 years. My entire living space was converted into an office so I could put forth 100% effort into building a company, which by the way, would eventually employ you.

My diet consisted of Ramen Pride noodles because every dollar I spent went back into this company. I drove a rusty Toyota Corolla with a defective transmission. I didn’t have time to date. Often times, I stayed home on weekends, while my friends went out drinking and partying. In fact, I was married to my business — hard work, discipline, and sacrifice.

Meanwhile, my friends got jobs. They worked 40 hours a week and made a modest $50K a year and spent every dime they earned. They drove flashy cars and lived in expensive homes and wore fancy designer clothes. Instead of hitting Nordstrom’s for the latest hot fashion item, I was trolling through the Goodwill store extracting any clothing item that didn’t look like it was birthed in the 70′s.

My friends refinanced their mortgages and lived a life of luxury. I, however, did not. I put my time, my money, and my life into a business — with a vision that eventually, some day, I too, will be able to afford these luxuries my friends supposedly had.

So, while you physically arrive at the office at 9 am, mentally check in at about noon, and then leave at 5 pm, I don’t. There is no “off” button for me. When you leave the office, you are done and you have a weekend all to yourself. I unfortunately do not have the freedom. I eat, ****, and breathe this company every minute of the day. There is no rest. There is no weekend. There is no happy hour. Every day this business is attached to me like a 1 day old baby.

You, of course, only see the fruits of that garden — the nice house, the Mercedes, the vacations… You never realize the back story and the sacrifices I’ve made. Now, the economy is falling apart and I, the guy that made all the right decisions and saved his money, have to bail out all the people who didn’t.

The people that overspent their paychecks suddenly feel entitled to the same luxuries that I earned and sacrificed a decade of my life for. Yes, business ownership has its benefits but the price I’ve paid is steep and not without wounds. Unfortunately, the cost of running this business, and employing you, is starting to eclipse the threshold of marginal benefit and let me tell you why:

I am being taxed to death and the government thinks I don’t pay enough. I have state taxes. Federal taxes. Property taxes. Sales and use taxes. Payroll taxes. Workers compensation taxes. Unemployment taxes. Taxes on taxes. I have to hire a tax man to manage all these taxes and then guess what?

I have to pay taxes for employing him. Government mandates and regulations and all the accounting that goes with it, now occupy most of my time. On Oct 15th, I wrote a check to the US Treasury for $288,000 for quarterly taxes. You know what my “stimulus” check was? Zero. Nada. Zilch.

The question I have is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs and serves over 2,200,000 people per year with a flourishing business? Or, the single mother sitting at home pregnant with her fourth child waiting for her next welfare check?

Obviously, government feels the latter is the economic stimulus of this country. The fact is, if I deducted (Read: Stole) 50% of your paycheck you’d quit and you wouldn’t work here. I mean, why should you? That’s nuts. Who wants to get rewarded only 50% of their hard work? Well, I agree which is why your job is in jeopardy. Here is what many of you don’t understand … to stimulate the economy you need to stimulate what runs the economy. Had suddenly government mandated to me that I didn’t need to pay taxes, guess what? Instead of depositing that $288,000 into the Washington black-hole, I would have spent it, hired more employees, and generated substantial economic growth. My employees would have enjoyed the wealth of that tax cut in the form of promotions and better salaries. But you can forget it now.

When you have a comatose man on the verge of death, you don’t defibrillate and shock his thumb thinking that will bring him back to life, do you? Or, do you defibrillate his heart? Business is at the heart of America and always has been. To restart it, you must stimulate it, not kill it. Suddenly, the power brokers in Washington believe the mud of America are the essential drivers of the American economic engine.

Nothing could be further from the truth and this is the type of change you can keep. So where am I going with all this? It’s quite simple. If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, my reaction will be swift and simple. I fire you. I fire your co-workers. You can then plead with the government to pay for your mortgage, your SUV, and your child’s future. Frankly, it isn’t my problem any more. Then, I will close this company down, move to another country, and retire.

You see, I’m done. I’m done with a country that penalizes the productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs will be destroyed, and with it, will be my citizenship.

While tax cuts to 95% of America sounds great on paper, don’t forget the back story: If there is no job, there is no income to tax. A tax cut on zero dollars is zero. So, when you make decision to vote, ask yourself, who understands the economics of business ownership and who doesn’t? Whose policies will endanger your job? Answer those questions and you should know who might be the one capable of saving your job While the media wants to tell you “It’s the economy Stupid” I’m telling you it isn’t.

If you lose your job, it won’t be at the hands of the economy; it will be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through this country, steamrolled the Constitution, and will have changed its landscape forever. If that happens, you can find me in the South Caribbean sitting on a beach, retired, and with no employees to worry about.

Signed, Your boss,

Michael A. Crowley, PE
Crowley, Crisp & Associates, Inc.
Professional Engineers
1906 South Main Street, Suite 122
Wake Forest , NC 27587
Phone: 919.562.8860 x22
Fax: 919.562.8872

Go ahead, call him, and ask him if it’s real…or just look at your own business, or that of a friend. I think the truth of the matter will be glaringly apparent.

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11 Responses to US Stocks Open Lower As Financials Lead Declines

  1. Katie says:

    It is the truth. And it is a shame that those idiots on Wall Street doesn’t get it.

  2. Jim at CoF says:

    Whether Michael A. Crowley is real or not doesn’t matter. The message is real. I want to believe the the majority of Americans are beginning to get the message.
    Great post, Fred.

  3. NativeSon says:

    Fred,
    Great letter! Where do you get this stuff?!? :)

    • TexasFred says:

      Ya know, I’m a very lucky man, I have the greatest friends and readers, and they send me some wonderful information… :P

      OK, I didn’t give ya credit in the story but DEAR READERS: The email used in this post was sent to me by my friend, neighbor and all around good guy, Native Son!!

  4. I saw this on the internet at least a year ago.

    That said, it doesn’t make the base message ANY less viable or inapplicable to our current situation today.

    BZ

  5. Bill says:

    I think all of us here have the ‘smarts to crunch the numbers. Let’s start
    here… There are 308m folks ( that the govt. admits to ) in America.

    Almost half of Americans receive some form of government ‘assistance’;
    let’s say that amounts to 150m of us. ‘Some’ form includes medicare and
    medicaid, so let’s take those 65 and older ( 35m ) out of the mix. That still
    leaves over a third of our population ‘on the dole’. So who’s left?
    Well, of the ‘other’ slightly more than half ( 155m ), 75m are under 18.
    That leaves 80m who labor and pay a net tax.
    So if you add the kids and the the grandparents ( God bless’m ) they total
    110m; subtract that from 308m and you have roughly 200m.

    80 goes into 200 two and a half times, so that means that one and a half
    of the people ‘occupying’ and fouling the streets in our cities is living off
    my ‘personal’ dime’.

    it’s definitely time for another beer…b

  6. It still reminds me of Atlas Shrugged. These lessons need to be repeated continuously if they are ever to be absorbed by the masses. Great post Fred, and thanks for passing it on Native Son.

  7. Texasperated says:

    Patrick — I have felt like I’m living in Atlas Shrugged for the last three years. I keep wanting to call directory assistance for Dagney Taggart’s phone number. The folks out there on Wall Street occupying a corner of real estate that someone’s taxes are being used to clean up need to understand that the real “class warfare” in the country is not between the 1% and the 99%, but between the 53% who pay taxes and the 47% who don’t. We do not have warfare between the “haves” and the “have-nots,” but between the “haves” and the “have-mores.” Or if you prefer, the makers and the takers.

    Keep your powder dry (and close at hand)

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