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Where the Jobs Are

We keep hearing that the economy is heating up, but unemployment remains high (and even rose last month). The stock market has rebounded, and corporate profits (and bonuses) are high. The latest news is that American companies actually are hiring! In fact, they are hiring a lot. Just not in the USA. Caterpillar hired 15,000 workers, but over half of those were overseas. Overall, American companies have created 1.4 million jobs in other countries.

Part of this is because our tax laws give breaks to companies who hire elsewhere, but part is also because the economies of other countries are doing better than ours is. And the situation is likely to get worse, as the US rankings for higher education are falling.

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  1. DontMindMe wrote:

    I’d like to make you a business offer.

    Seriously. This is a real offer. In fact, you really can’t turn me down, as you’ll come to understand in a moment…

    Here’s the deal. You’re going to start a business or expand the one you’ve got now. It doesn’t really matter what you do or what you’re going to do. I’ll partner with you no matter what business you’re in – as long as it’s legal.

    But I can’t give you any capital – you have to come up with that on your own. I won’t give you any labor – that’s definitely up to you. What I will do, however, is demand you follow all sorts of rules about what products and services you can offer, how much (and how often) you pay your employees, and where and when you’re allowed to operate your business. That’s my role in the affair: to tell you what to do.

    Now in return for my rules, I’m going to take roughly half of whatever you make in the business each year. Half seems fair, doesn’t it? I think so. Of course, that’s half of your profits.

    You’re also going to have to pay me about 12% of whatever you decide to pay your employees because you’ve got to cover my expenses for promulgating all of the rules about who you can employ, when, where, and how. Come on, you’re my partner. It’s only “fair.”

    Now… after you’ve put your hard-earned savings at risk to start this business, and after you’ve worked hard at it for a few decades (paying me my 50% or a bit more along the way each year), you might decide you’d like to cash out – to finally live the good life.

    Whether or not this is “fair” – some people never can afford to retire – is a different argument. As your partner, I’m happy for you to sell whenever you’d like… because our agreement says, if you sell, you have to pay me an additional 20% of whatever the capitalized value of the business is at that time.

    I know… I know… you put up all the original capital. You took all the risks. You put in all of the labor. That’s all true. But I’ve done my part, too. I’ve collected 50% of the profits each year. And I’ve always come up with more rules for you to follow each year. Therefore, I deserve another, final 20% slice of the business.

    Oh… and one more thing…

    Even after you’ve sold the business and paid all of my fees… I’d recommend buying lots of life insurance. You see, even after you’ve been retired for years, when you die, you’ll have to pay me 50% of whatever your estate is worth.

    After all, I’ve got lots of partners and not all of them are as successful as you and your family. We don’t think it’s “fair” for your kids to have such a big advantage. But if you buy enough life insurance, you can finance this expense for your children.

    All in all, if you’re a very successful entrepreneur… if you’re one of the rare, lucky, and hard-working people who can create a new company, employ lots of people, and satisfy the public… you’ll end up paying me more than 75% of your income over your life. Thanks so much.

    I’m sure you’ll think my offer is reasonable and happily partner with me… but it doesn’t really matter how you feel about it because if you ever try to stiff me – or cheat me on any of my fees or rules – I’ll break down your door in the middle of the night, threaten you and your family with heavy, automatic weapons, and throw you in jail.

    That’s how civil society is supposed to work, right? This is Amerika, isn’t it?

    That’s the offer Amerika gives its entrepreneurs. And the idiots in Washington wonder why there are no new jobs…

    Regards,

    Porter Stansberry

    Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    What is this? A chain letter? Because I AM a small businessman and a successful entrepreneur, and this comment is so misleading and full of wrong information that it has to be some kind of propaganda.

    Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Permalink
  3. Jason Ray wrote:

    Not to mention that there are no countries which let business run free with no regulation or taxes except Somalia, which is why they have pirates :-)

    Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Permalink
  4. TENTHIRTYTWO wrote:

    I tried to snopes the chain letter but didn’t see anything about it. But I did stumble across this and found it funny:

    http://briandeer.com/vaxgen/stansberry-fraud.htm

    I reckon if Mr. Stansberry did pen the “offer” it comes as no surprise that he is pissed off about all those pesky regulations and the gubbment trying to take all his hard earned stealings.

    Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 6:25 am | Permalink
  5. starluna wrote:

    I don’t know where that person lives, but here in MA, we have lots of grant and loan programs to help with capital at both the state and local level. In Boston, our government supported Main Streets program will help you with marketing if you have a brick and mortars small business. We also have business incubators at several colleges and universities, including the public ones. Maybe he’s just living in the wrong place.

    Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 8:57 am | Permalink
  6. Mad Hatter wrote:

    Nice rant Porter…almost convincing. For myself, I’m happy that we still have a shred of government of the people keeping an eye on business people like you, Madoff, etc. who make a living scamming decent people. You guys have gained some momentum in the last 20 – 25 years but we won’t let you win.

    Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 10:16 am | Permalink
  7. Sammy wrote:

    Porter, I see you got “Amerika” in there twice, but you left out “redistribution of wealth” and “socialist”. C’mon man, you need to work on your cliches.

    Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 10:39 am | Permalink
  8. Sammy wrote:

    btw, if you Google “porter stansberry no jobs in america”, you’ll find this “letter” has been posted all over the place, since about August of this year.

    Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 10:43 am | Permalink
  9. Iron Knee wrote:

    1032, Thanks for the link — absolutely hilarious! Very ironic that the name “Porter Stansberry” is the real name of someone who got nailed for defrauding thousands of people. I think I like the government’s business proposition a lot more than the one that was offered by Stansberry.

    Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 11:04 am | Permalink
  10. mike wrote:

    Trickle out economics.

    Friday, December 31, 2010 at 5:50 am | Permalink
  11. Patricia Andrews wrote:

    Another Neo-Con Apparatchik who hasn’t looked in the mirror lately? (Emphasis on the “Con” part, of course!)

    Friday, December 31, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Permalink
  12. JH wrote:

    Nobody seems to take note of the vast amount of “public” (eh, socialist?) infrastructure that most businesses take for granted that’s provided at taxpayer expense. In a certain sense, the public is a business partner. See Schumacher’s last chapter of “Small is Beautiful” for a sensible take on this.

    Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Permalink