Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Obama wants to get my money and give it to someone else

At the St. Robert home improvement store where I work, we did so well in both sales and service in the first quarter of the year that we full-timers each won some hefty bonuses. The sales specialists got more than we did. The department managers got more than the sales specialists. The senior managers got more than the department managers.

Our store has more than 100 employees, so that's a lot of bonus money being handed out by the company. I think it's pretty generous. I don't remember anything like that happening when I worked at the Rolla Daily News for 20 years.

Now, here's the great thing: We've got a chance to do that again in the second quarter of the year, and the third, and the fourth. We full-timers could earn several hundred dollars extra just for doing what we do.

I really like working there.

Now, I just hope and pray Obama doesn't get in the middle of this. He doesn't like corporations to give out bonuses. He doesn't like for some people to get more than others, as he indicated in his conversation with Joe the Plumber.

Obama likes everything to be even. He thinks that's fair. I can foresee Obama coming into our store and demanding that everyone--managers, sales specialists, full-timers and part-timers--all get the same bonus. Obama would want to take the bonus pot, take three-quarters of it for the government, and pass the rest out to the 100-plus employees.

Wait a minute, though. He wants everything to be even. That means more than likely, he'd demand that we share our bonuses with the Rolla store, which didn't win a doggone thing.

That's the Obama redistribution of wealth plan. Some people think it's a great deal.

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