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Offended by Obama's latest remarks!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

So, I've owned my own business for 28 years and I didn't do it without the help of government. Boy, am I fuming at that remark. This just goes to show that someone who has never owned a business, or had to work for a living making a meager paycheck shouldn't be president.

I have suffered my business through every recession and downturn in the economy since 1984. I lived through multiple hurricanes where business slows to a halt because people don't have homes to decorate. I have lived through several wars and Sept 11. I was in the Air Force Reserve until 1996 until I retired and had to put my business on hold while I was doing my reserve duty. In 1991 I was called up for Desert Storm and had to put the whole darn thing on hold for 4 months. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan came through and took the roof off of one half of the building my husband and I owned. We had 2 months of renovation thanks to having a good insurance policy and the smartness of me to call a contractor friend immediately before he got booked up!

I live in a large military community. When Sept 11, it was a ghost town around here. I mean, large deployments and nothing going on. Every business in town suffered. My husband and I went to the mall one Friday night soon afterward and there were 3 people in the department store, the two of us and the clerk. I confess, I took advantage of the governments Small Business Development Loan as it was open to those businesses living in areas such as mine which were adversely affected by military deployments and bases nearby that were locked up. Did I say loan? That means you have to pay it back and I did. I had it tied into the building equity that we owned and when we sold the building, the loan got paid off.

Then after, Obama took office things really went sour. And the Gulf Oil spill was next. Now all we need is another hurricane. At least now I am working from home with no employees. The only thing I have to worry about is staying happy. And I will be really happy in November if Obama loses!
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    I'm with you all the way! I think political comments are fine amongst friends. If someone doesn't agree, don't read it! emoticon
    1931 days ago
  • MROSE61
    Please keep politics off SparkPeople!
    1964 days ago
    It is amazing how many people fall into the same category and don't know the pains and pleasures of owning your own business. Government (our) dollars are at work all around us with great benefits and retirements.

    Keep up the great work, I'm on your team!
    1967 days ago
    1967 days ago
  • LHLADY517
    I echo the words here. You are a true American. You, not the government, are awesome. And I also pray that this country can be healed. There's only 1 way and I pray that people will wake up and see what needs to be done.
    1968 days ago
    I don't know you except as an SPer! I totally get what you are saying. We owned our own business and NEVER got a loan. We scraped thru and put 2 kids thru college with out the government's help. I was insulted for every business owner in the UNITED STATES to hear him say something so stupid. My husband served in the Army in VietNam. And I too hope the stupid DA is gone in November!!!
    1969 days ago
    YOU are an American that gets it! YOU served your country, YOU pulled yourself up by the bootstraps several times when things went south beyond your control, YOU survived, I couldn't agree with you more and I am so darn proud of YOU!

    My husband is a retired Navy Seal who served his country for years so we could be a diverse America, saying what we want without fear of being thrown into jail or worse, create, thrive and grow all with the idea this is a free country for us to capture whatever American dream you desire if you worked hard for it.

    I had a varied career but I ended it as an economic developer. My job, as I saw it was to get government out of the way and allow our economies to flourish and grow, continuing to support and grow our nation. Don't get me wrong, there is a place for government but there is no place for a government that Obama wants and is moving us towards. My second degree is in Applied Economics and I need to say Romney has it right, Obama is just causing our nation to tumble down!

    I would also like to say, I was a single mom for 18 yrs and I put myself through school, yes I did take out a student loan which I paid for but I kept pushing myself forward to become successful and that is what happened. Believe it, if left to create and grow on our own, we can and we can succeed and THRIVE as the America we all know and love.

    Again, thank you for your service to our country and for your words. emoticon
    1969 days ago
    I totally agree with you, and I'm glad you said all that.
    We've suffered along with most since he's been in office.
    And your so right, Obama's never owned a business. He's been a community activist and has not a clue what the small business world is like.
    We weren't here after 9/11 but I can imagine what it was like.
    I'm praying that this fall Obama is voted out. I don't think this nation can take another 4 years of him.
    1969 days ago
    I totally understand and get your thoughts. He has to go and then we can reconstruct a USA that thrives and strives to allow the working folks to be considered. Blessings

    1969 days ago
    What did he say?
    1969 days ago
  • MADDY931
    I completely agree with that last sentence. Hope your business is doing better.

    1969 days ago
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