It’s interesting what’s been going on in Washington, and I can’t help but notice similarities between government and our business. Consider the age old question, “What does is it really cost?” Our founding fathers did not like big government. That is why “State’s Right’s” and local government is best because who knows better what a local area needs than the people from that area! People from a local area were sent to Washington to represent those people – for a limited time, and then return to running their own business back home. Over the years, some politicians were overtaken by the power they had and other people’s money they had. They did not want to go back home. Before you know it, people out of touch with you knew how to spend your money better than you did. But, not well enough to live within the means and monies they received. Fees (taxes) were increased; politicians became obsessed with power, and always needed more and more money…because after all, they know what is best for you. Fiscal responsibility soon became “old school” and was ushered out and replaced with new “modern” accounting practices. When I was growing up, I would have never thought that today we would be in debt to China! Our grandchildren will still be paying the debt created by “those people that know what is best for us.” And some people actually think this health care bill will be a bargain?!! But, what does it really cost?
The “founding” wire services were small. They were lean businesses developed to promote the flower industry and the profitability and longevity of a florist shop. Over the years, certain people were overtaken by the power and prestige they acquired. They soon began to know what was better for a local florist, than the local florist did, and, how to spend your money better than you do. But, not well enough to live within the means and monies they received. Fees were increased; wire services became obsessed with power, and always needed more and more money…because after all, they know what is best for you. Fiscal responsibility soon became “old school” and was ushered out and replaced with new “modern” accounting practices. Today, you are paying for the mismanagement of wire service fees collected years ago. If you are a wire service shop and you survive, your grandchildren will still be paying for the debt created in the nineties! How many new fees have been added to your statement since the early nineties? How many of those fees have gone away? (Zero!). And tens of millions of dollars have been collected to make company projections look favorable to shareholders, for modern accounting practices.
It amazes me that some people think this health care bill will be a bargain. What does it really cost? But then, it amazes me that some florists think they are getting a bargain when they buy their flowers through a wire service. Their prices are really low! Lower than a wholesaler could charge. Hmmm??? Maybe we wholesalers should put out the cheapest prices, but then have all kinds of monthly add on fees to make up for mismanagement? No, people are too smart for that. (What does that flower really cost?) Thank you for supporting your local wholesalers.
Thank you for your business,
Bruce Hastings - CPF Dayyton, OH