Here in Colorado, I am working to help a company, of which I am an owner, on the road to recovery. While here on this beautiful Saturday, I have been working and watching the news. This may seem trivial but since I don’t have any TV channels, nor the time to watch, I feel privileged to be able to catch up and also watch lots of commentary on the Presidential Election.
I was watching a speech by Mitt Romney and one thing led to another so I went to his site and pulled up his 5-point jobs plan. I have heard over and over again, that people want details and specifics. While I agree that it would be nice to know exactly what his plan is, I think it would be detrimental. If he tells everyone specifics and exactly what he plans on doing, then he wouldn’t have any room to work with others in congress once elected. He would be seen as more of a dictator of what will happen instead of collaborating with others in Washington.
That then led me to think, “Does Obama have a plan?” Come to find out he did. I pulled up his “Jobs Act” and started reading. I was a little confused since I don’t speak much of the same language, but I had the nagging sensation that I didn’t like what I was reading. I started trying to interpret my feelings and these are some of the concerns I have.
- Extending 100% expensing into 2012 – If the country is having economic issues, why would you want to encourage more businesses to go into debt?
- A “Returning Heroes” hiring tax credit for veterans – (This is where I might seem heartless so if you have a strong opinion about what I’m going to say, I would encourage your comments but please be respectful.) Do employers really discriminate against veterans when hiring? Why would you give a tax credit just for hiring someone based on them being a veteran?
- A $4,000 tax credit to employers for hiring long-term unemployed workers. – Again, with the tax credit for hiring specific people.
Perhaps I’m not the most educated of political commentary, but there’s my opinion. If we want to encourage job growth in this company then the burden of responsibility should be placed upon those out of work. America was founded upon the idea that this is the land of opportunity, not handouts. I emphatically disagree with the President for his “you didn’t build that remark.” In all honesty, I did build it. I put in the sweat, the blood and the tears. However, I also agree with the President when he said, “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.”
When we start taking responsibility for our own successes and failures, we can stop blaming others for what happens to us.