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.
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.
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.