Log Entry No. 144: “Toilet Paper? You’re Kidding!”

Harry worked in a building that was four stories high and home to four significant operating divisions that together made up about a $1 billion global manufacturing business. All the manufacturing locations were spread world-wide.  It was headquarters then for the business, about 400 professionals and managers in the building, and Harry was the headquarters HR manager.  In your wildest imagination, you can’t imagine the complexity of the job.

One of the key roles of the HR Leader, Harry, was of course to drive the importance of and practices that supported good employee morale.  That required Harry’s diligent and constant monitoring,  making sure that the operating divisions treated employees in the building consistently. However, as was the case, each division head, a corporation vice president, liked to do things their way so Harry’s job was, as they say, like herding cats, high level cats, with fiefdoms! And, egos to match! Although it may defy logic, some chose to treat their employees differently, without considering the impact across the building.

One example of the type of issue that Harry dealt with: One of the VP’s decided that flex time would be nice, and never talked to Harry.  The VP implemented it and the fact that his fiefdom had flex time and no one else in the building did traveled like wildfire through the building, via email and the watercooler networks.  Harry had a line outside his office.  “Why do they have it?  We don’t have it! We want it? Who’s in charge here?”  Unhappy employees, pissed off managers.  Mess!

So there is Harry, with significant employee issues surfacing like dead fish.  At times Harry found himself on the receiving end of perverse humor that found its way to his desk from the deep, dark, mysterious depths of the building.

“You wouldn’t buy this stuff for your family”!

In the office, Harry is going through his internal mail, opens an envelope, and finds a piece of toilet tissue stapled to a handwritten note on an 8.5 x 11 piece of printer paper.

“Harry, this is a headquarters building.  This is a professional environment.  This is a billion dollar business running manufacturing concerns world-wide.  So I’m in the building pooper this morning, doing my thing. In the process of ‘cleaning up’ afterward, my finger goes right through the wafer thin toilet paper provided in the stall!  I now have a finger full of %!*?# !  Paper thin!  It’s so thin you can see through it.  You wouldn’t buy this stuff for your family, why would you expect us to use it.  Please upgrade!”

In the building cafeteria, the same day, Harry, looking a bit down.  He is seated with several building professionals and one asks Harry “How is it going?”  Harry: “Sometimes I just can’t believe this job!  I have huge issues and I get an internal note from some fool complaining about the toilet paper”!  As Harry related the detail, the table lost it, the culprit was there, clearly guilty to all, and the laughter just got worse.  

Harry laughed too!

***** S&E *****

C’Mon Man!

More stimulus is probably on its way in the form of trillions.  No choice, millions of people have no jobs, no income, probably no savings; many can’t put food on the table. Maybe no IRA’s. And small business is at best struggling.   Many organizations are trying to help.

The Dilemma:  As stimulus packages created for a variety of reasons take the form of trillions of dollars, the government is driving the country’s debt toward $30 trillion.  There is nothing coming out of DC, nothing, not a word, not a peep, out of our DC “leadership”, on reducing spending, reducing the size of government, reducing foreign aid and gifts, to cite a few examples, to stop / offset years of fiscal irresponsibility, and, address the spiraling debt.   You never hear a word about the debt.

As of January 17, 2021 7:28 AM


It will undoubtedly be extremely painful to fix it.  And who in their right minds believes that a DC forecast of negative budgets will be offset by a 10 year forecast of increased tax revenues from future economic prosperity,

“C’Mon Man!”

***** S&E *****

Getting to the Root Cause

The answer to getting at the root cause of the mess the world witnessed in DC this past week, January 6, 2021, is to amend the constitution, removing the rights under the constitution, of groups found to be discriminatory, white supremacists, militias, and similar. 

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the West wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

These groups hide behind the right to assembly, the right of free speech, and other constitutional protections.  When their actions, words, symbols infringe on the rights and freedoms of others and promote hate and discrimination, they should be banned and prosecuted under amended law.  Democracy should not apply in their case.  They are plain simply criminals and should be prosecuted as such.  The country needs to rid itself of this disease!  It is hate and divisive.  

How big an insurrection will it take for Congress to act.  Change the law and create a legal platform to act.

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