Shock — Depression — Acceptance; my stages of mourning after a big setback. I can say I reached the acceptance stage last week, (I wonder what stage Mitt Romney is in now) and, as I wrote last week, Iâ€™m ready to move on. But I have to say, things havenâ€™t started out so well, with the stock market, economic forecasts, Obamacare and the morale of business owners here, it looks like an uphill battle!
I met a gentleman last weekend who works for a medium sized aerospace firm in Burbank. He has been working seven days a week for several months. But, after the election results, the company suddenly cut employees hours. The reason given? Because of the uncertainty of the economy, military cuts and rising health costs, they are cutting back and reevaluating. Now he and his wife are going to do the same with regard to their plans for remodeling and buying a new carâ€¦thatâ€™s how an economy worsens, my friends!
I was talking with someone about how messed up this state is: Way over regulated, high taxes, high cost of housing, expensive gas, crowded freeways, earthquakes and a dysfunctional government. So why do we live here? We came to the conclusion itâ€™s only because of the weather, the ocean, friends and loved ones. Iâ€™m thinking that even if my guy would have been elected president, California is in such deep doo doo, that maybe his polices wouldnâ€™t have penetrated enough to make an economic difference here!
One of our customers is a moving company. Guess how many people he moves into this state? Youâ€™re right â€“ precious few! But, he does a good business moving folks out-of-state! Any wonder why? From 2008 to 2011 Texas saw a net increase of 165,000 jobs, California lost 1.2 million! No wonder they say most states roll out the red carpet for businesses, but California rolls out the red tape!
How long will it take California to ask President Obama for a bail-out?
I want to tread lightly here, because I think our city for the most part does a good job, but it seems that Iâ€™m hearing more and more how difficult the building permit process is becoming here. Right now I know of three businesses who are having a difficult time getting final approval to open and are way behind schedule. Each one grumbles about Santa Claritaâ€™s permit process when asked why the delay. I know of a retail establishment that opened recently where the same type of business had occupied the store space just a few months prior. The owner said it was a nightmare getting final approval from the City to open. In their defense, the City may have its hands tied by state regulations (imagine that), which are causing these complaints. Whatever the reason, Iâ€™m not sure this city is as â€œbusiness friendlyâ€ as we claim to be. Or maybe this state is doing the poisoning!?
Thanks to all the folks who followed-up with me regarding our son, serving in Afghanistan and recently involved in an enemy attack. Happy to report he is doing fine.
Recent headlines catching my attention:
â€œMitt Romney had every chance to win — but he blew itâ€: Did he really, though?
â€œGingrich dumbfounded by Obama winâ€: Join the club, Newt!
â€œMitt Romney enjoys family dinner out with wifeâ€: I hope all of his 5 sons, 5 daughters-in-law plus 18 grandchildren didnâ€™t all goâ€¦after all he spent on his campaign, he couldnâ€™t afford it!
â€œTaylor Swiftâ€™s friends blame her for failed relationshipsâ€: We thought we had problems!
Quotes of The Week:
â€œI derided the polls for their assumption of what did in fact happen — that blacks, Latinos and young people would show up in the same numbers they did in 2008. I was wrong, they didâ€ (Dick Morris)
â€œThis nation is made up of takers, not makersâ€ (Ann Coulter)
â€œWeâ€™re out numbered by people who just donâ€™t careâ€ (Rush Limbaugh)
â€œBuy guns, ammo and stock up on farmland, because this president will destroy Americaâ€ (Glenn Beck)
Letters to Doug:
Re, Todd’s Thoughts, “A Sad Day in America” (Nov. 9);
What’s disturbing to some is comforting to others. What conservatives such as yourself should realize that not only is the party that caters to white males not entitled to power, but are the ones responsible for the debt that you claim to be so concerned with. The GOP spent the last four years trying to demonize the left and had been overtly racist to our president while obstructing Congress and offering a phony budget that most economist said didn’t add up.
You bring up high unemployment. It’s high because of the greed displayed by Wall Street due to de-regulation put forward by the former Bush administration, leading to economic collapse and to millions of jobs being lost.
If you like some more examples of how bad Republican policies have wrecked our country, I suggest reading Sunday’s’ LA Times, which there are plenty. Maybe if your side spent their energy governing for all Americans and not just for the privileged, wealthy few the right would’ve had more success this last election.
Finally, too all conservatives: IT’S NOT FREE STUFF IF WE TAXPAYERS PAY FOR IT! What is free is the corporate welfare (true redistribution) in tax breaks and giveaways, like the billions of dollars we give to oil companies for exploration while they screw us at the gas pump.
Typical Republican: If we fail, it must be everyone else’s fault. Pathetic.
— KyleÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Newhall
I am sure you are a smart person, the comments you made about our president and the America I know makes you sound like a maniac or the biggest bigot in America.
I pay for ads to sell my product to every one, not half of the population. I will be looking for another source as well as others.
PS: Again I think you are an !!!!!!