Entrepreneurs for Romney (They Built That)

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Building America One Small Biz at a Time (Click to view larger image)

Meet My Family: by Carrie Yost

Meet my family. Each us are entrepreneurs. Most of us have several employees.

We wanted to share our message, simple as it may be, to potential voters in the upcoming election. Obama’s regulations and impending ObamaCare tax have killed many small businesses like us. When we built our small companies it was with great hope and desire that America would be for us, what it was for our parents… A land of promise and free enterprise. What we see now as young business entrepreneurs, is a bleak future filled with uncertainty.

We plead with the voters of the United States to realize that small companies like ours, are the framework of this nation and employ millions upon millions of Americans. If we continue to fail, so do all Americans. As a family we implore you realize the consequences of this election. Businesses like ours have struggled to keep our doors open for the past four years, we can’t be sure they will last another four under the current administration. Please Vote for the man who will EMPOWER small business, who UNDERSTANDS small business, who REALIZES our potential for good in America.

As a family, we have all undergone immense amounts of risk to start these companies, worked twice as long as the average American to get them off the ground, sometimes not taking a paycheck to make sure our employees are covered before our own needs are met. But even with all that work, we cannot succeed with a government who continues to take the revenues we need to invest and grow our companies. Let us grow, let us offer Americans more opportunities for employment.. allow us pay our employees better. Everyone wins when we have a thriving private sector, and that’s a truth that we know Romney/Ryan understand.

Our family proudly stands with Mitt.

Please join us.

BETRAYED

By Glen Goodsell

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I’m a registered Independent. In 2008 I was ready for change. I was committed to vote Obama and give my all to his rhetoric of hope and promises. However, a last minute change by Obama on a critical issue gave me a chilling look into the character and integrity of the man I was willing to support as our new President. I couldn’t cast my vote for Mr. Obama. My dilemma – where do I cast my pearls? I was not comfortable with the Republican candidate. I am a person of principle. I cast my vote for another rationalizing that I was voting my conscience. By voting in this way, in reality, I cast my vote for Mr. Obama, a ramification I was willing to risk. I, and others like me share in the responsibility for our current mess.

We have suffered under one we entrusted to lead and he has proven he is not up to the task. I cite only a few promises from Mr. Obama, which he, as our leader, has failed to honor; these are but three of many I could list:

  • “It is irresponsible, unpatriotic to raise the debt (referring to the Bush administration). I pledge to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term.”
  • “My administration will not rest until every American has a job.”
  • “I will make America safer.” Bengazi! We impeached a president in my lifetime for a cover up that did not involve the loss of one life.

Is America “the land of the free?” That is what our founding fathers believed. Do we believe this? I put forth that we are literally in bondage, a silent killer, bondage that will strangle us. That bondage is a government out of control. A government floundering and is no longer “by the people for the people” as Abraham Lincoln eloquently stated in his Gettysburg address. That bondage is a suffocating deficit, a suffocating debt.

What is the solution? We have a clear and decisive choice. We can sit passively waiting for the noose to tighten. Or we can fight to preserve our “unalienable rights.” We can elect Mitt Romney and others who will WORK and fight to free us from our bondage.

There is another broken promise from President Obama. He promised if he failed to deliver, his would be a one-term presidency. That is one promise we need to make him honor. My plea to all is to be wise. Make your vote count. My pride betrayed me in the last election. By casting my vote for a candidate that had no chance of winning I personally contributed to four of the most difficult years of my lifetime and likely your lifetime. I implore all to look within and do what is best – our very existence and ideals hinge in the balance. We have a man in Mitt Romney who is a leader. He is qualified. He will work. He will lead. He is accountable. President Obama does not want to lead. Let’s allow him to work on his golf game. He will work on his golf game whether he is in or out of the Oval office. I will not repeat my mistake of 2008!

I leave one more thought. Just after the Civil War General Robert E. Lee said to his soldiers “Bury your animosities and go home and make your sons Americans.” It is time for you and I to honor this call and be true Americans.

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The One Question President Obama Must Answer Before America Reelects Him

By Mark Fidelman

President Obama has been attacked for not turning the economy around even after his promise to do so. Let’s cut him some slack. He probably believes Republican obstructionism is to blame, and he’s done everything possible during his first term. Just give him four more years, he pleads, it will all work out.

But don’t you get the feeling as I do that Obama’s new economic strategy resembles an infomercial pitch? Just a little of this, a sprinkle of that, and presto a new economy. Before, President Obama ran on hope and change, now he appears to be running on just hope: “We’ve come too far to turn back now,” he tells us.

I know Obama genuinely wants to grasp the economic strategies required to lead us out of a lousy economy and that if only government were to take charge, it could fix everything. Just sprinkle some green fairy dust across the energy sector, wave a magic job wand at small business, take the wealth potion from the rich and give it to the poor. The damsel is in economic distress, and Obama is relying on medieval enchantments for our survival.

Only in fairy tales are emperors advised that they are naked. And Obama’s advisors aren’t breaking with tradition. One gets the feeling they received the Berlitz learning method to business. They understand the language, but not the meaning. According to New York Times columnist David Brooks, while speaking to a group of us about Obama’s closest advisors: “there isn’t a single person with business experience amongst them.”

In 2008, no one dreamed the country would be left behind. We all thought we’d be better off; we’d be smarter, he’d bring the country together, he’d bring congress together for a bipartisan agenda. It hasn’t happened.

Obama has notably said, “There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America.” He’s not saying that anymore.

But there’s still hope. He can give a straight forward answer to the following bipartisan question – It’s never too late to keep a campaign promise.

What Will You Do Differently to Fix the Economy in the Next Four Years?

Obama seems to be taking his economic cues from Paul Krugman and the school of “Hope” economics. Krugman is who all left-leaning politicians point to in order to receive approval for their economic policies. He is their gold standard – and the gold plating they wrap around any economic legislation for which they want to insulate themselves from ridicule.

In reality though, there is no such person as Paul Krugman, there is only a shell containing the opinions of his cocktail party friends and the novels of economic fantasy worlds he had read. A man so responsive to compulsion that he has become a kind of compulsion himself to anything resembling a liberal economic idea. His instinctively leftist political agenda blinds him from being a truly objective economic advisor – and so he can’t be trusted to provide sound economic advice.

Take his 2008 article titled: The ComeBack Continent. In short, Krugman believed that the economic path forward resembled a European, nanny-state model, telling us not to worry because, “If you think Europe is a place where lots of able-bodied adults just sit at home collecting welfare checks, think again.”

Later in the article, Krugman goes on to call the situation in 2008 a European comeback, crediting its “big-government” approach to its success. Incredibly, he ends the article with, “But the next time a politician tries to scare you with the European bogeyman, bear this in mind: Europe’s economy is actually doing O.K. these days, despite a level of taxing and spending beyond the wildest ambitions of American progressives.”

But we should be scared. Shortly thereafter Europe’s economy started to collapse, and the most welfare-prone countries fell the hardest and fastest. Oddly, Krugman is still promoting the same naïve, ineffective policies that have Europe on the ropes.

As a kid, I used to believe in Robin Hood. I mean I truly believed in him. Krugman still does. He hasn’t learned how the story actually ends because he’s never participated in it. He’s been an academic, an author, an economist but never a businessman. He’s never built a business, worried about keeping the lights on or suffered hardship from taxing government policies. His solution to any economic issue is wealth redistribution. He’s of the “you didn’t build that somebody else made that happen” school of thought.

This is the kind of brainwashing you still find at the elite universities. The rest of us living in the real world know better. Because on our side we have reason, experience and concrete business strategies that work. For us, government gets in the way, it doesn’t pave it.

So Obama must move away from Krugmanomics and set a new course. One lined with less government and more business. Because in the final analysis, business leaders are held accountable for their success – not government bureaucrats. If business performance suffers, the government gets a free pass even if it’s the primary problem. This authority without responsibility situation is incompatible with a thriving economy.

Obama still needs to learn this lesson.

Mark Fidelman’s forthcoming, critically acclaimed book is: Socialized, How the Most Successful Businesses Harness the Power of Social.
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“Let Freedom Ring” — Liberty? Pursuit of Happiness?

By Glen Goodsell

“Let freedom ring,” the immortal words of Martin Luther King Jr. I am not alone in my concern as an American when I feel we have strayed far from the foundations of our Constitution and the roots of the brave men, women and families who gave everything for the freedoms we enjoy. I ask every living soul to read and seriously consider these sacred words from our Declaration of Independence –

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.”

I am very concerned. I believe each one of us needs to be concerned and more importantly take a stand.

I recently saw a news ticker on a major television network with the following statement related to education. “This is something (education) that only the national government can solve,” (by President Obama). I was stunned. This statement is at the root of the vision Barack Obama and his allies have for our nation. They don’t believe in us as a people. They would see the basis of this nation, which is based on individual freedoms and God given rights, replaced by a mass of confusion and government regulation. Who do they think we are? Do you see anything our government runs that comes close to the efficiency of free enterprise?

Signatories to The Declaration of Independence

The America I know is very different from the view of our current President – Barack Obama. I see amazing and diverse people every day who are dedicated to each other and family. I see entrepreneurs who work hard and want to provide opportunity for others. I see people of purpose who are willing to sacrifice for one another. I see people of intelligence who if released from the bondage of debt and encumbrances of a government out of control will drive a great revolution and economic recovery.

I look to the words of Thomas Jefferson.

“On every question of construction, (let us) carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.”

I assure you our Founding Fathers see the tangled web our government has become contrary to any intent our Founding Fathers envisioned.

We have given four years to an experiment that has failed us entirely. I go back to Obama’s statement, “This is only something the national government can solve.” Are you kidding! We need our freedom. We need complete change. We need a government that you and I barely know exists. We need leaders that will ensure the rights our Constitution guarantees – “Secure the Blessing of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

I can honestly say that over the past four years our freedoms and God given rights have been strangled. Do I believe another four years under the present watchman will bring us closer to the freedoms we were “endowed by (our) Creator” -absolutely not. Are you willing to entrust our freedoms to a watchman who openly believes and promotes “this is something only the national government can solve.”?

The choice is clear – one that brings us further from the ideals of our Founding Fathers or one that puts us on a path of recovery and the freedoms that are “unalienable.” I believe Mitt Romney gives us that opportunity.

NEVADA: Taking Action to Get Out The Vote — Duty Calls

By Rachel Anderson

I had the opportunity to depart to Las Vegas, Nevada for three days last weekend to be a part of something monumental for America. As the 2012 Presidential election is at its peak, with only 11 days to go and a close race behind us, nothing but determination has motivated hundreds of volunteers from all over Utah and California, including myself, to get Mitt Romney elected in the White House.

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With Nevada being one of the twelve swing states for November’s election, I couldn’t help but sign my name up to make sure Romney got the good ole Sin City’s votes.

As I stood in line with 100 other students and retired adults getting ready to board the bus, the Romney Campaign volunteers handed each one of us “Romney/Ryan 2012: Believe in America” stickers. At that moment, all I could think to myself with a smirk on my face was “Move it or lose it Obama, my man Mitt’s taking over the White House!”

With previous experience volunteering for Prop 8 my senior year of high school in 2008, I kind of had an idea of what this experience was going to be like; knocking on doors, making phone calls, being an awesome representative for what is right…you know, the usual civic duties. Although I’m not the happiest or nicest person when it comes to walking around for hours in dry desert heat, I sucked it up and told myself this was for America.

Friday night we arrived at the Marriot hotel in Las Vegas around midnight. Our trip leader started passing around envelopes with our names on them that included a deployment schedule, 30 bucks cash for food and hotel room key. I thought to myself… “Mitt really knows how to take care of his people and keep his supporters happy, even in Vegas!”

8:00 Saturday morning, we found ourselves waiting for the bus to take us to Brady Industries where everyone would meet for instruction. After listening to a welcome speech from Jim Davies, Ann Romney’s brother, they immediately put us in vans and sent us to a Republican rally put on by the Mitt Romney Campaign. After a couple hours of food, comedians, speakers and radical rallying, we were then sent out to different parts of the town with bags full of, Romney/Ryan fliers, early voting location fliers, Dean Heller fliers, pens, and precinct bubble-in forms with registered voters names. We then started our quest to receive either support or straight rejection for the Republican Party.

Mitt Romney at a campaign rally in Las Vegas, NV, September 2012 (photo source unknown)

The next two days involved constant walking and making phone calls; talking to many proud supporters of Romney, encouraging them to vote early in hopes to receive support for the Republican ballot, in which most already had. Aside from the excitement we received from Romney supporters, we also ran across many pro-Obama supporters. Some closed the door on us, some yelled at us and some even called the cops on us. It made me wonder why all these people were so angry towards everything that comes near them.

As the hours cruised on by and the day got hotter by the minute, I ran into a lady, in her 70’s who really stood out to me. As we were walking through her neighborhood, she asked what we were doing. I told her we were part of the Republican Party reminding voters to vote in hopes to receive support for Romney and Ryan. With a bitter sound to her voice, waiting for her to yell or kick me off her property, she said this:

I’m a Democrat. Born and raised a Democrat. But I’m voting for Romney. We need to save this country.”

Just from those simple words, it was a humbling experience for me. Knowing and seeing that people with different views and beliefs than the rest of us can see the danger and despair our country is in. It doesn’t matter who you are – your race, religion or what you believe – we are Americans; this is America and we need to work together to fight for our country. We don’t want any of this Obama ‘change’ talk that is dividing our country while we watch it crumble from the laziness of our current president. In fact, why would we ever want a president that can’t even man up and take responsibility for his own actions?

Let’s vote for a man that can rebuild a foundation for our country and bring hard work, education and belief in God back in this country; a man that we can not only trust, but that can be a strong leader and representative of our nation. Romney is the man to help mend our nation and bring us back together as a country and to save the citizens of America. He is a true American and stands up for what is best in this nation. This short three-day weekend in Vegas helped me to realize the importance of the 2012 election and the impact it will have on all of American society. With a few parting words – make your vote count and let’s kick Obama out of the White House!


Rachel Anderson is 21 years old and is a senior attending Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah majoring in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. She is currently the Assistant Sports Editor and Sports Writer for the UVU Review. Her interests include outdoor sports including hiking and snowboarding in nearby mountains. Other passions include exploring the many cultures of the world and the study of political issues (she credits a high school journalism teacher that required her class to watch the 2008 presidential debates as part of instruction). Rachel looks forward to one day working in the field of sports journalism as a writer and reporter in the NBA and/or action sports. She has a goal of working in PR back East as part of her career. Rachel grew up in Southern California.

It is High Time for a Full-Time President

By Doug Stevens

I have finally realized what it is about President Obama that has eaten at me since the debates began. He is a part-time President. For most of his presidency I have felt he enjoyed campaigning more than governing, but recently I have concluded he just doesn’t enjoy governing at all. It seems he prefers activities where he receives adoration and positive feedback rather than doing the hard work of decision making. Now this may sound like a wild claim, so let me make my case.

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First, there is increasing proof that he isn’t into the details of foreign policy. The Benghazi terror attack is the first piece of evidence I introduce. I haven’t seen recent reports of his attendance at the Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB), and especially on September 11 or 12, 2012, but I would be willing to posit that he was not in attendance. Marc Thiessen in his September 10, 2012 Washington Post Op-Ed gave the President’s percentage of attendance since the beginning of his term. Last year was 38%. For someone calling the shots on foreign policy, this meeting provides all of the up to date intelligence needed for presidential decision making. Absence would imply others are making those decisions, or that the details needed to govern would not be at hand. For Benghazi to suggest a sacrilegious video was the reason for the terror attack to me seemed so off the wall at the time. We see now it was a practical political reason and deflected a policy explanation, but it had absolutely no evidence of being based on the details of foreign policy. It was a lazy-governing, politically-practical explanation.

My second piece of evidence is President Obama’s preparation schedule for the first debate on October 3. According to a few articles I have read, prior to the debate, he disengaged from the preparation process. See Sara Noble’s article of October 9, 2012. Mastering details is hard work. It would seem like a small extension to the routine of governing to prepare for the details of a crucial debate. Active governing should mean much of the information is already understood. His actions before the first debate suggest detail work is not something he was used to doing. A distance runner can easily run a short distance without training. This and his debate performance is more evidence proving he is not used to or proficient at the hard work of governing.

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For my third piece of evidence, I cite Obama’s intensive interest in golf. Now, we all need hobbies to provide a balance to hard work. What I don’t understand is as he becomes the most powerful man in the free world he becomes obsessed with being expert in golf. I offer Jody Kantor’s New York Times article of September 2, 2012 that illustrates his obsessive attention to golf. As cited in this article, 104 rounds of golf at an average of 4 hours is a total of 416 hours, or 52 eight-hour work days. I know I couldn’t spend that amount of time golfing in my line of work.

My fourth piece of evidence is the scripted way he seems to present himself. A dedicated leader will set the tone and pace of a team, demand excellence and be constantly seeking input to facilitate a stream of crucial decisions. Isn’t the outcome of effective leading and governing a stream of well-considered decisions? It seems like Obama is the public side of a team, possibly with Valerie Jarrett as the captain. In a September 1, 2012 piece in the New York Times, Jo Becker gives a look at the role Valerie Jarrett plays in the white house. The last three sentences in the article were most telling to me. She often says to the President and he then repeats the mantra, “Homestretch.” It’s like she’s managing his attitude and energy level to get him through the election season. If that is needed, and based on how scripted his actions appear to be, it’s increasingly obvious to me that we are not seeing Barack Obama leading; we are seeing him acting as a governing spokesperson. That approach may work in TV commercials, but not as President of the United States.

My fifth and final piece of evidence echoes the notion put forth by Neera Tanden, a former Obama aide, in an article written by Selwyn Duke; that basically Obama doesn’t like people. If Obama is that narcissistic and doesn’t value other people, how is he going to be motivated to govern people? Why is it that we hear so many Campaigner-in-Chief, Narcissist-in-Chief zingers from humorists; don’t we really want a full time Commander-in-Chief? Can’t we be done with disengagement in the presidential governing process?

So we have a President that is disengaged in the business of governing, and yet expects the nation to ‘rehire’ him for four more years. The past four years we have endured a ‘Perfect Storm’ of disinterest in governing, fiscal irresponsibility and social reengineering. We need to end the storm and send Obama packing. I am even happy to give him a rain slicker, but just go. I say it is time to let him be unemployed, and hire a governing expert, Governor Romney.

Governor Romney has proven that not only is he highly proficient in leading and governing, but he has an above-self passion for the welfare of our country. In every endeavor Governor Romney has accepted, he has been a full-time participant – his business career, the Olympics and Governor of Massachusetts. Not only has he been effective and full-time in effort, but he has been wildly successful.

We can no longer tolerate a part-time POTUS leading our country. By electing Governor Romney, we will also be removing a great burden that is making President Obama stressed and unhappy, governing. It will give him more time to pursue his passions, including golf. Please join me in voting on November 6 and electing a real leader, one that knows how to govern and one who will be a full-time President of the United States!

HUGE Endorsement! Frm. John Kerry Supporter and Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca Endorses Mitt Romney

I can’t overstate the magnitude of this endorsement! Not only did Lee Iacocca endorse John Kerry in 2004 when Sen. Kerry was running against George W. Bush, but no one has first hand experience with auto bailouts like Mr. Iacocca. When Chrysler teetered on the brink of bankruptcy in 1979, the Government stepped up to help them in a much more responsible way than the Government did when GM and Chrysler needed help in 2008. Chrysler paid back every penny of the bailout and grew in an example of possibly the most successful bailout in U.S. history.

The fact that Lee Iacocca is endorsing Mitt Romney tells us that the democrats have lied for years about what Mitt prescribed in his 2008 op-ed. Mitt only wants the best for the auto industry, and the democrats plan to use this issue against Mitt to protect their small lead in Michigan is unraveling.

This endorsement comes on the heels of Mitt setting the record straight in Tuesday’s debate with President Obama as well as Mitt’s campaign releasing a forward-looking plan on what a Mitt administration will mean for the auto industry.

UPDATE: Full op-ed of the endorsement below:

Iacocca: America needs a turnaround, which is why I’m voting Romney

I’ve seen a lot of situations that needed a turnaround in my time, and I know one when I see one. Trust me, America needs a turnaround.

America is in deep trouble. After four years, economic growth is still anemic, our annual deficits were not cut in half as promised, and our staggering $16 trillion federal debt hangs over us and our kids like the plague. Our people are hurting, they can’t find jobs, they have lost a major part of their net worth, the number of Americans living in poverty is at unacceptable levels, and we just aren’t doing the things that would get our country back on the right track.

Like any turnaround it must begin by honestly facing our problems; hope and speeches won’t get our people back to work. It will require experienced leadership that can create and lead policy change that will enable a more robust and competitive America. We need leadership that understands that government, just like American families, can’t continue to spend beyond its means. We must find leadership that won’t pander to the people, but rather will speak honestly to them about our situation, explaining in simple terms what we have to do to get back on the right track. And we need leadership that can bring us together in a sense of shared responsibility so that we can move forward as a team. All of us. As Americans.
America needs new leadership

Mitt Romney has successfully led both public and private sector turnarounds. He is a bright and successful man; he is a good man, a caring man, a man of integrity, family and faith. Importantly, he recognizes we are in a tough situation. With dozens of years of real world experience in the public and private sectors, he knows what he’s talking about. His policies will enable a stronger America, one in which all Americans can share. He was groomed and trained for this moment.
The future of our country is at stake

If you are out of work or worried about your job, having trouble making ends meet, are worried about your kids’ future or your own, or if you just have a nagging sense that as Americans we can do better than this, it’s time to wake up and stop just hoping it will all work out in a few more years. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it won’t!

It’s time for straight talk.

I’m asking you to vote for change that will get us moving in the right direction, and to be ready to be part of the solution. Everything depends on it. We don’t have time to waste. It’s time to make America great again.

Vote for Mitt Romney for president.

Can You Afford Four More Years of Barack Obama? I Can’t!

Guest contributor Glen Goodsell wrote a piece for MRC about a week ago titled, Small Businessman’s Reality — Romney Leadership Needed Now! His bio is at the end of that op-ed.

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By Glen Goodsell

Four years:

In 2008 I was set to vote for Barack Obama. We needed change then and we desperately need change now. A late switch in position by Obama on what I considered an important moral issue gave me a chilling view of the character and integrity of one – Barack Obama. I sought an audience with the Obama campaign and demanded and explanation and public renouncement of his change in position on the issue. I received an insulting, weak political reply. This told me everything I needed to know about Barack Obama as a person. Obviously, my vote meant nothing.

My four years under President Obama’s watch have been dismal at best from an economic standpoint. I’m an entrepreneur and have done my best over 25 years to provide a work environment where all are benefited – client, worker, owner and families. In 2008 I had the privilege to employ over 100 people. When you add their families, the responsibility expanded to over 400 individuals. I take that responsibility very seriously.

The four years following 2008 have seen that employee base decline to as few as five people. We are a shadow of what we once were. We continue to work diligently and have made progress, but we are still off 70% from 2008.

I have been forced to work at other business ventures with limited success. I’ve put money and capital in a complimentary venture, but that has produced limited success.

I work with many other entrepreneurs, not one of these is in a better economic position than they were in 2008. Most, if not all, are off at least 50% with little hope of improvement. In my opinion the real test of our economic benchmark is not what improvement may have come in the last year or few months, but where am I now compared to 2008.

I find as I end 2012 and look to 2013 that I am starting over. I’m willing to do this and will work to make it happen. However, we need the freedom to engage in free enterprise without the shackles and chains we are bearing from a government that is supposed to work for us. I turn to the words of Thomas Jefferson from the Declaration of Independence,

“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.”

We simply need the freedoms our Constitution guarantees. I believe in people. I believe in the ethic and resilience of this great land. It is time to make tough decisions. It is time to take action. We are willing to sacrifice for our children and generations that follow.

I wish my story was an anomaly, but it is not. I urge all to take a deep look within. Look at where we are today.

Can I afford another four years like the past four years? NO! Can you?

I just paid over $4.70 per gallon for gas from the most economical source in town paying $140 to fill up the tank. I know what this does to my business and my family.

Governor Romney Supports Women in Business & Leadership

By Dorothy Price Hill & Mary Smith

As we progress through October, we wish to acknowledge “Women’s Small Business Month” and to honor women for their contributions to the US economy. Governor Romney believes that economic prosperity and freedom go hand in hand. He recently stated,

Dorothy Price Hill

“The most successful countries shared something in common. They were the freest. They protected the rights of the individual. They enforced the rule of law. And they encouraged free enterprise. They understood that economic freedom is the only force in history that has consistently lifted people out of poverty – and kept people out of poverty.”

With this in mind, we will discuss legislative achievements that have propelled women to be a dynamic and vital part of the US economy. Additionally, we will discuss women-owned businesses from a legislative perspective. Governor Romney will ensure women (including millions of working mothers) continue to thrive and be a vital force in our economy’s recovery and we will identify challenges faced by women owned businesses.

Mary Smith

When considering the Presidential choices before us, it is important to note that past behavior is the greatest predictor of future behavior. In this regard, President Obama is the antithesis of Governor Romney. The current President has expanded government, increased the deficit and proposed higher taxes which would further cripple America small businesses. Since President Obama became President, gas prices have increased, household incomes have fallen and more Americans have sunk into poverty as well as experienced first-time foreclosure of their only home (or have already completed the foreclosure process). Worse yet, he has added over $5 trillion in new debt to our Federal budget deficit and lacks the leadership to bring our government back from the edge of this fiscal cliff. In 2009, small businesses represented 99.7% of all employers in the United States. Think about your local florist, the daycare center and the automobile repair center. These business owners are increasingly concerned about the Federal and State deficits, the burdens of corporate taxes and the Obamacare Federal healthcare mandate.

Quoting Andrea Saul, Governor Romney’s Press Secretary, “Thanks to President Obama’s imaginary recovery, the median earnings for women declined by nearly $1,000. And the poverty rate among women is 16.3% — the highest rate in 17 years.” And as CNN Money stated, “The ‘mancession’ has morphed into the ‘hecovery,’ leaving women workers largely in the dust.” Make no mistake about it — women are worried. And they’re not just worried about themselves — they’re worried about their children’s future. They don’t want them to be saddled with debt from our generation, which has surpassed a record-high $16 trillion. This isn’t the recovery we deserve — and it’s a not a real recovery if it means that women have to take on two or three jobs just to afford to put gas in their cars and food on the table.”

Impromptu meeting October 8, 2012
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Unlike President Obama, Governor Romney gets it: women drive the US economy. His pro-growth, pro-women plan for a stronger (and rebounding) middle class means more jobs, more take-home pay, and better opportunities. Governor Romney has devoted his entire life since business school and law school supporting successful ventures and advising businesses on transformation. As Governor of Massachusetts, he led by example embracing diversity and seeking the most qualified candidates for his cabinet and executive offices. In Governor Romney’s acceptance speech for the Republican nomination, he stated, “As governor of Massachusetts, I chose a woman lieutenant governor, a woman chief of staff, half of my cabinet and senior officials were women, and in business I mentored and supported great women leaders who went on to run great companies.” His proposals for his Presidency include reducing government spending and creating a business-friendly environment which will provide opportunity for prosperity and success. Without prosperity and success coupled with tackling the budget deficit, future generations of Americans will be doomed.

Legislative Perspective

We will discuss two key pieces of legislation that have positively and profoundly impacted women and the economy. As we embark on this new century, it is important to reflect on the accomplishments that women in business have achieved. On October 25, 1988, Republican President Ronald Reagan signed Public Law (PL) 100-533 “The Women’s Business Ownership Act”. Highlights of this bill included:


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Small Businessman’s Reality — Romney Leadership Needed Now!

By Glen Goodsell

Our nation and world is at a crossroads. I’m a businessman and have been for over 25 years. I work closely with many other entrepreneurs. I can speak from the realities of those in the trenches. Our economic freedom and opportunity for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” have never been more in jeopardy. I see it; I live it every day.

Glen Goodsell

Jobs are being lost, particularly in small business – the backbone of our nation’s economy. The statistics and propaganda the government and media are feeding us is misleading. Our situation is dire.

I have a close business associate who will lay off three employees Monday. This represents 30% or more of his work force. One of my businesses, a commercial construction business, will likely lay off 10 employees by month’s end – again, representing over one third of the current employee base. In another separate start-up business we already laid off one third of the work force.

We (small businesses) hope to rehire, but the situation is grim. Frankly, people we do business with say they are reluctant to make any decision to expand or execute contracts due to concerns about the economic direction of our nation. This reluctance stems from the fear we will experience another four years of disastrous leadership in the executive and legislative branches of our Nation’s government. Yes, these fears are directed at the current President of the United States of America.

Governor Mitt Romney speaking at Sauereisen, Inc., a construction materials company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 4, 2012 / Photo Credit: Justin K. Allen, Getty Images

In my construction business the final quarter is typically a boom quarter where clients look to spend budgeted funds or look to an optimistic start to a new year. Unfortunately, this is not the case this year.

These are some realities from a businessman who is working the streets every day:

  • Unemployment in reality is two to three times what the government and media want us to believe.
  • The number of those underemployed is staggering.
  • Owners of small business by the thousands would add to the ranks of the unemployed, but don’t qualify for relief. They may be out of business or on the verge of going out of business.
  • I took a short drive on the freeway Saturday with my son and daughter to a specialty retail shop. I was shocked as I noticed several empty places of business and signs soliciting space for lease. These signs were like litter along the freeway.

I believe in our Nation. I believe in the people of this great land. I believe in the entrepreneurial leadership this land has spawned over decades. We (the people) need to be set free from our present shackles and chains. This can only happen in a timely manner if we are given a change in leadership in our government. It is time to clean up the litter. That change needs to happen NOW!

Glen Goodsell is a husband, father, entrepreneur, and humanitarian. He is married to Amy and they have five children (two married and three are miracles through adoption and are African American). Glen is a businessman, CPA, and has a master’s degree. He has spent the last 25 years as an owner of a construction business as well as various other business ventures. He loves people, has a passion for helping youth, and has served as a Boy Scout Master for many years. Glen spent his childhood years in the Washington, D.C. area. This provided a foundation for his love of American history, particularly our founding fathers. He lives in Southern California where he and his family live an active life with a love of the outdoors.

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