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!