Businesses from coast to coast are filled with trepidation. Micro business is particularly impacted. Sinking dollar value with less purchasing power is freezing budgets everywhere. Our suppliers are at a standstill, ordering product from manufacturers only as orders are placed. All of us are working even harder than we were before to remain viable and keep our employees working so they can continue to eat.
Our employees have been out of work for a month. Unemployment pays only a percentage of the earnings an employee grosses. The business has made loans to make employee mortgage and rent payments. We are dogged by worry. As a Texan micro business owner told me yesterday, “We don’t have any choices. There’s no work out there and we care about the people who work with us. It’s our duty to help them.” What he left unsaid was there is nowhere for them to go, no help left to get. Businesses are closing so quickly you can practically hear the doors slamming up and down Desperation Boulevard.
I believe that the screeching halt caused by a devalued dollar and the greed of oil company management/share holders is a deliberate tactic meant to derail Obama’s re-election. If we hang tight and hold on, helping one another the best we can, some sanity will return after November. Obama has played the hand he was dealt, restoring some dignity to the White House and empathy for the American people.
Today, November seems like a long time from now.