Why I'm not Hiring

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Why I'm not Hiring
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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 9:16pm

Great explanation from an employer's standpoint. Everyone should have a basic understanding of how this works:

Why I'm Not Hiring
When you add it all up, it costs $74,000 to put $44,000 in Sally's pocket and to give her $12,000 in benefits.


By MICHAEL P. FLEISCHER

With unemployment just under 10% and companies sitting on their cash, you would think that sooner or later job growth would take off. I think it's going to be later—much later. Here's why.

Meet Sally (not her real name; details changed to preserve privacy). Sally is a terrific employee, and she happens to be the median person in terms of base pay among the 83 people at my little company in New Jersey, where we provide audio systems for use in educational, commercial and industrial settings. She's been with us for over 15 years. She's a high school graduate with some specialized training. She makes $59,000 a year—on paper. In reality, she makes only $44,000 a year because $15,000 is taken from her thanks to various deductions and taxes, all of which form the steep, sad slope between gross and net pay..........

http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052748704017904575409733776372738-lMyQjAxMTAwMDAwODEwNDgyWj.html


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Tue, 08-10-2010 - 5:55am
Very well stated article!





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Tue, 08-10-2010 - 7:50am

He must be a liar, a cheat and an evil, selfish person who would put his and his companies needs above those of some other American.

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Tue, 08-10-2010 - 8:14am
What would be the logical alternative? Nobody enjoys paying taxes, I am sure, but it seems to me that the alternative is to go without a military, a school system, a government, highways etc.

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Tue, 08-10-2010 - 8:19am

I appreciate the article and the points that the author makes.


His is a MUCH LARGER portrayal of what I feel, and what I think other business owners feel right now.


Thanks for posting it.

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Tue, 08-10-2010 - 8:23am
I don't think he or anyone with any sense is suggesting no taxes are the beat way. Its all about the fact that this group is being singled out. Singled out as ALREADY not paying that fictitious "fair share" and now the great unknown is looming....how much MORE is it going to cost?
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Tue, 08-10-2010 - 8:24am

"What would be the logical alternative? Nobody enjoys paying taxes, I am sure, but it seems to me that the alternative is to go without a military, a school system, a government, highways etc."


REALLY...this excuse needs to stop.

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Tue, 08-10-2010 - 8:31am

Employers, you mean? How would you restructure it to be more equitable? Shift more costs to the employee? or to corporate taxes?

I grew up with this problem, albeit in far more egregious forms. My grandfather owned a small family business as did my father and uncles (dad+uncles ran a business together). At some point in the 70s/early 80s, in Europe, things really were almost impossible for small businesses, but my dad made it through, and since then things have eased up some.

The US version of this does not seem all that bad, given my experience. The really heavy burden, of course, is the health insurance, which is why many people are forced to go without or at least go without a top of the line plan.

The health care reform was supposed to ease this burden, but I think it is going to come up short, mainly because the solution was far from radical enough.


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Tue, 08-10-2010 - 8:33am
So you are saying that taxes should just be much, much lower across the board and that people should not have to pay for health care? I agree that Americans do not get much bang for their tax buck, but I am not sure how anyone would fix that.

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Registered: 08-16-2005
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 8:40am

"a school system, a government, highways etc."


Agree, always a talking point, but these are NOT a huge portion of the federal government.





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Tue, 08-10-2010 - 8:43am
I also included the military in that list. What do you propose we cut in order to lower taxes and eliminate the massive deficit?

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