Company

Company: (n) a commercial business.

First comes the idea.

Then there’s the need for a prototype.

How about a pitch for investors?

Investors are found, so they make a product.

A product goes to market.

It is accepted, wanted and sought after.

People are hired to make the product.

A company is formed to make sure the product is delivered and production is maintained.

A CEO is found to represent the company.

A board is selected to discuss adventures of the company, profits and dividends paid to those who have bought stock.funny wisdom on words that begin with a C

Financial difficulty arrives.

The company decides to cut some corners without losing quality.

Some quality is lost.

The public notices.

The company becomes defensive.

Law suits are filed because the company has failed to recognize its responsibility to the consumer.

The company suffers financial setbacks, which cause even greater difficulty in finding quality people to work on production and represent the company in the board room.

More shortcuts are pursued.

The company loses credibility.

The company files Chapter 13.

All the executives escape with a “Golden Parachute” of profit.

All the workers are laid off with no place to go.

One of the workers, on his way home from being kicked off the job with the company… has an idea.

 

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Checkup

Checkup: (n) a thorough examination

A writer certainly knows, when he submits his material to an editor, that he or she needs to prepare for critique. You can’t keep your job as an editor if you read stuff, smile and say, “Looks good to me.”

I’ve never taken my car to a mechanic without this technician finding something wrong with the vehicle. There’s no money, work or future for a mechanic who admires your car.

If you go to an investment banker, he or she will certainly explain to you why your present rate of consumption and your lack of a retirement plan is jeopardizing
life and limb.

Likewise, arriving at a doctor’s office is an invitation to be dissected–sometimes literally. Although you may insist to yourself that you’re merely going in for a checkup, after they have fully analyzed all your numbers, they will most assuredly recommend some sort of tune-up.

Sometimes if you don’t take them seriously, they will foretell your doom and gloom if you ignore the diagnosis.

Between you, me and the fencepost (and I’m not so sure I trust that piece of wood stickin’ out of the ground) it’s a racket. The American health system is in the business of putting us through tests that we most certainly will fail.

Because without us failing, medication cannot be prescribed, drug companies will lose their profit margins, and financial institutions–where we have invested our money–will not make much dividend.

So in a strange sense, we give $100 to the medical field so that the drug companies and Wall Street can prosper through ailments, and at the end we receive $2.20 of our original money back in dividends in our IRAs.

Is this a good deal?

Of course not.

But welcome to the glories of capitalism.

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