The State of Small Business After Obama's Acceptance Speech

Friday, September 07, 2012

Throughout this election, both parties are preaching the necessity of one thing: jobs, jobs, and more jobs. 

But regardless of jobs reports and hard economic indicators, what is more important for the 2012 election is how people actually feel about their personal economy, and whether or not they think the government has been there to support them. 

Two small business owners in key battleground states explain how the economy is influencing their businesses and employment. 

Walt Rowen is the owner of Susquehanna Glass in Columbia, Pennsylvania. Liz Murphy owns the independent bookstore, The Learned Owl, in Hudson, Ohio.


Liz Murphy and Walt Rowen

Produced by:

Rebecca Klein

Comments [4]

Al Kowalski Kowalski from wausau

i want less government, less government is what all tax payers WANT.

Sep. 09 2012 04:48 PM
unkerjay from Puget Sound, WA

I've voted for John Anderson, Ralph Nader, Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Barack Obama, and, unless something profound happens between now and November, I'm likely not going to hold my nose and vote for either Romney or Obama. I'm
likely going to vote for Jill Stein - Green Party.

Locally, I've voted for democrats and republicans. I'm not a party line voter. I'm 57. I support gay rights. I support social justice. I support fiscal responsibility. I support solutions - left OR right. I've served in the military.

I don't believe that we are currently on a path to prosperity. I don't see how Enron, Bernie Madoff, Jack Abramoff, the sub prime mortgage scandal, overseas debt and labor could convince anyone that we are.

We are being fiscally irresponsible and in denial over the magnitude, the impact, and what may be necessary to get us back to even let alone prosperity.

I won't be listening to the debates. I don't have television at the moment. Besides, I'd rather make up my own mind AFTER the fact, absent any partisan influence. So far, neither Obama, Romney or the current or future senate or house representatives convince me that the next four years will be radically different from the last four. or the eight years before that.

There's too much magical thinking in the mix and not enough proof, evidence, road map. It's more of a gut feeling than any definitive evidence put forth on either side.

I'm being asked to make a decision with insufficient evidence.

I don't have to.

I want REAL change. Not four more years of whatever republicans can do
to gum up the works. Not four more years of just take care of everyone else $ 250,000 and above and somehow everyone $ 250,000 and below will benefit.

Hasn't happened. Didn't happen the last time it was tried, the time before that or the time before that.

I don't want the best president, house or senate that money can buy.

"Whatsoever you do for the LEAST of us."

Remember that?

As a moral and a political imperative, it seems to be left out of the discussion, the politics, the campaign.

I'm not religious. I do believe in practicing what I preach and spending my money on what I believe in, making a difference in the lives of those far less fortunate than I. And I only make around $ 30,000 a year before taxes. I don't think it's asking too much of those who make far more than I do to make comparable sacrifices.

I don't see how it will change unless that happens. I have no problem with attaching strings to the money that's handed out to the least of us. I don't see that same fundamental fairness in the money that's handed out to the well to do in this country and I don't see them returning the favor.

Forgive me if I refuse to shed a tear for the put upon bankers who have been so badly maligned in the wake of the last recession.


Jill Stein for president. May not win, but, at least I will have voted my conscience and my principles. I'll sleep a lot better at night knowing that.

Sep. 08 2012 01:41 AM
RJ from prospect hts

I think the question is too stark. I feel "together" with other people who do the work I do, in my similar income bracket--and lower ones. I feel when trying to challenge the "other," those with the power over and within the economic boardrooms "we" are usually alone because the attempts to change this imbalance of power by our organizational/union/community/political leaderships is not creative or strong enough.

Sep. 07 2012 03:35 PM
Roobinsky from Florida

Ok, your property may never come back up to where it was and why is that? Because it was falsely valued in the first place! But hey, things are quite a bit better. My 401k is up and over where it was in 2008. Unemployment went over 10% but it is now 8.1. I got a mortgage from my bank this year. I have paid off my credit cards. Stop crying and blaming people and support the president who has done an amazing job. Don't listen to faux news and propaganda. Use your eyes and ears and get your news from varied sources.

Sep. 07 2012 03:09 PM

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