I come from a small business family. In 1940's my grandfather started the family retail furniture business in a small Indiana town by himself. All by himself. My father entered the business in his twenty's, my grandfather passed away and my father worked himself in to a heart attack at 55 running the place mostly by himself.
There were 5 of us kids, all of us worked in the business at one time or another, we all had the chance to go to college, 2 made their careers in public service, one in the finance/insurance business and 2 of my brothers took over the business and now operate it as the third generation.
There will be no 4th generation. Its hard work, long hours and with the economy, uncertainty, taxes, health insurance costs and competitive pressures the rewards are now not that great. And there is no one helping you. None of the grand children want to go through that.
When you are raised in an entrepreneurial family it is in your blood. I started three small businesses, 2 pretty successful one not so much, and I can tell you for a fact no one helped me.
My grandfather once told me you "don't know what business is like until you set down on Friday, write the pay checks, pay the bills and there isn't any money left for you." I've had that experience, and he was right. That's when you know you are all alone.
Down there in the left hand corner of the Patch Home page you find some small businesses. Stop in. Find one of the owners ask them how anyone, especially the government, helped them get started. Make sure you have some time because you will likely get an earful.
I voted for Obama. My Grandfather probably rolled over in his grave. I thought this Democrat is different. He said all of the right words, made most of the right promises but in the end he is a true Democrat to the core. There is really nothing wrong with that, but these 3 years have proven those basic Democratic tenants of government: directed wealth redistribution, government subsidies and socialized healthcare cannot and will not pull this country out of the economic doldrums.
Obama just doesn't get it. He has no ability to really understand what makes the economy tick.
No matter how much he tries to walk back the "You didn't Build It" comment, every small business owner knows Obama doesn't get it. Watch his eyes in the walk-back TV ads. You can see he really doesn't believe what he is saying.
Quite a while back I Posted Maybe the Little Engine That Could ...Can't. Small business may yet be the economy's' savior, but it won't be as long as Barack Obama is President.
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