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Not a good sign

11 Aug

I went to my usual watering hole, on my usual Tuesday night.  I don’t ordinarily do any of the other traditional bar nights as I’m a bit hard of hearing and crowded bar chatter doesn’t work for me.  I also don’t suffers fools willingly.   Tuesdays are placid and provide for interesting conversation and I pop in for a couple of drinks on my way back to the bunker. 

It’s a nice, quiet bar that caters to regular folks and upper crusty business types alike, as it is also a Richmond steak house of considerable repute, and a long-established venue for those who can spring the extra dough for a pleasurable drinking/dining experience.

One of the regulars has been in the commercial construction business for 40 years.  Tonight he’s damned near close to hanging it all up.  The odds stacking up against him are too great and he could lose the business he has built over his lifetime,  all proceeds to go toward satisfying this new, voracious, insatiable government. 

It’s just easier for him to explain to his employees that he’s closing the business than to do the targeted drip, drip, drip of laying off one employee after another, as his business and nest egg dwindle away to nothing.   If he makes any money the government has BIG PLANS for him.

He’s 73 and he’s tired.  Can’t say that I blame him for cashing in his chips.

The only thing that can bring our friend back is a total house cleaning in November. 

Are you doing everything you can to make sure that happens? I know I’m not, but it’s time to redouble, retriple, requadruple our efforts.

He may still want to retire after all is said and done, but his is a cautionary tale that must be heeded.  Think of this scenario multiplied across the country if the  Democrats retain TOTAL POWER after November.  Think of the message it would send if Harry Reid is still Senate Majority Leader and Nancy Pelosi is still Speaker of the House.

Businesses will cash in their chips on Nov. 3rd and the great unraveling will accelerate.

Update:

Went to a routine Doc visit today and we discussed Obamacare.  He’s another guy who is wondering seriously about his future.  That’s not breaking news or anything, but part of a worrisome pattern.  November is so critically important and it may well be too late.

Am I the only guy who’s planet shopping?  /kidding.

 
3 Comments

Posted by on August 11, 2010 in politics

 

3 responses to “Not a good sign

  1. nooneofanyimport

    August 11, 2010 at 2:45 am

    yeah my dad, who I call “semi retired,” has not had much work this summer. normally his calendar is so full he has to turn down jobs. (he is a classical musican).

    so much for the “recovery summer.”

    I know we can always do more than we already are, politically. I have to comfort myself with the fact that I am doing a lot more than I ever used to.

    cheers, and prayers for results Nov.

     
  2. Saddlesore

    August 11, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Because this hits a bit close to home, this will be lengthy and somewhat personal.

    The construction business is really in the tank. What a lot of people do not see, is that it is not only a lack of economic demand for building and construction, but that the industry is the victim of literally every left wing fantasy that they think will “improve” the environment.

    If a property owner disturbs (i.e. clears or grades) more than 2,500 square feet of land he can be required to file plans with the local government and have to get a permit. In Northern Virginia, this can cost thousands of dollars and take months. Do you still think you have property rights? Guess again, amigo.

    Whether it is more regulations that “protect” the Chesapeake Bay, purportedly “save” trees or require “voluntary” contributions for schools and roads (what the hell do our taxes pay for anyway?) the industry is viewed as an endless source of money for all the do-gooders in the public sector.

    Well, guess what? The industry is flat on its back and there is no more money to squeeze from these businesses. What will the public sector locusts do? They will move on to the next industry that still has some assets and bleed them dry….this may NOT be a good time to invest in health care or energy production.

    But what is to be done? First, we need generally sound national economic policies that would help the ENTIRE economy…that would certainly help the construction industry. A rising tide will lift this boat, too. Then, we need to stop the public sector from shifting its exorbitant costs for public services onto private parties. That is fundamentally wrong and in the long run counterproductive.

    I feel sorry for your acquaintance, Saddleburr, and I wish him well. In the past year and a half, I, too, have had to look too many employees in the eye and say goodbye. It is heartbreaking, and the toll on the employees is enormous. Losing one’s job through no fault of one’s own is a horrible experience for people.

    But hey…Michelle “Marie Antoinette” Obama is living the high life on vacation. She and her husband, who masquerades as President, can let us eat cake, but we will satisfy ourselves with Regime Change in November and look forward to rebuilding this great country.

     
    • P. Henry Saddleburr

      August 11, 2010 at 3:15 am

      I just got another email in response to this thread from a friend who has had to shutter his business. It seems that I’ve picked open a scab.

      It doesn’t sit well with the American people that the only sector of the economy is the public sector, who are adding jobs and demanding exorbitant pensions while most of us don’t even know the meaning of the word, pension.

      The day of reckoning is coming and the fury of the American people will be visited on those who have sold us down the river. During a drought.

       

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