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Dear Executives Feigning Employee Welfare Concerns: Take a Hike

an associated press article posted on yahoo! covering responses to a recent tobacco tax increase quotes jeff borysiewicz, vice president of cigar rights of america and president of corona cigar as saying:

“Kids aren’t addicted to handmade cigars… We’re an affordable hobby. We’re not part of the problem with children.”

certainly, that is an interesting statement for someone who claims to be concerned for the welfare of employees (i wonder if his employed parents would agree with him?). it shows some audacity when companies imply they are not part of a problem or imply they may be “forced” to relocate operations outside of the u.s. to deflect increasing costs (see reference to  Enrique “Kiki” Berger in the same article).  i hardly believe  they need convincing to do so. keeping costs down, while maximizing profits is exactly why they are in business. tax increase or no, if the bottom line will be improved by moving outside of u.s. borders, few will pass up exploring the opportunity.

employee welfare always seems to miraculously surface when a company faces profit reduction concerns. executives that use it as an excuse when it seems to suit them should drop the social concern facade and be frank about their positions. perhaps borysiewicz should make it plain and ask for a bailout… or ask his industry colleagues to subsidize cost increases with their bonuses.

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April 1.2009 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment

50 Is The New 20 As Our Slumping Economy Gives Breed To A New Gig…

dennis hopper in ameriprise commercial

…”financial therapy”, that is. it may not be too far of a stretch to imagine that in the near future, we will discover the economy is much worse than anyone currently believes. an ap article sums up concerns over potential erosion of some parents’ financial freedom as they assist their near-senior age children struggling from financially-related constraints: poor credit, layoffs, divorce, etc.

despite t.v. commercial depictions of retirement-age folks seeming happy and ready to realize their dreams (big dreams, little dreams, crazy dreams), reality is pointing its finger at something much more somber and sobering. where’s dennis hopper???

March 23.2008 at 4:50 pm 2 comments


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