ROSE NOLEN: Businesses are not interested in helping country

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:54 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 23, 2012

According to television news, some employees are being warned to vote for the boss’s  presidential choice or be prepared to hit the highway after the election. For those without a silver spoon in their mouth, this can be a serious threat. Jobs these days are pretty hard to come by.

This election season I’m getting the opportunity to observe how much our lives have changed over the past few years. It’s been a long time since the country has been split on the basis of political parties. It’s difficult to know if people will ever come together again.

Money is making a real difference. Those who have come through this economic downfall with money in their pockets are letting the rest of us know that we are on our own. They are letting poor people know that it is up to them whether they sink or swim. If we rise out of this recession it will be without their help.

Where did patriotism go? Evidently, two long wars must have drained all the will power out of us. Apparently, people have lost patience with one another. We no longer seem to be in the recession together. Now, it would seem to be every man and woman for him or herself.

I can always remember a time when some employers have been mean-spirited and hateful. But ordinarily they would behave better in public. Now, they no longer care how they are being perceived. They want people to know what kind of business atmosphere they want to work in. They don’t want to pay their fair share of taxes, they don’t want to be regulated, they want to be free to move their business overseas whenever they like, and they are unwilling to tolerate any government interference.

And as far as using their money to invest in businesses that can hire people, they would rather be venture capitalists and use their money to make more money. They are not interested in coming to their country’s aid. They don’t care if the country is broke because they can always move to another country when they’ve cleaned this one out.

The people who still believe in America will have to rebuild it, from the ground up. At least they will know who they can count on. Like the people in the Great Depression, shoulder to shoulder, leaning on each other, they can bring about a new America.

In the meantime, interfering with people’s voting rights is also a serious business. Personally, I’m not willing to venture into the Justice Department’s arena. As far as I’m concerned people can vote for whomever they please.

There have been many attempts to keep people away from the polls this year. At least we all know who the enemies are. Perhaps, it’s just as well that we begin to part company at this point. Maybe, by this time next year some people will begin to build new political parties.

Hopefully, the economy will continue to grow and we will prosper from having lived through this experience.

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mike mentor October 23, 2012 | 11:17 a.m.

Wow! How is this appearing in a newspaper instead of a kids magazine?
There is no depth at all here.

We start with employees being forced or pressured to vote a certain way. Are you aware the the vast majority of this happens in unions which are dem supporters?

Take a look at how many people were getting government handouts when the great depression hit and how many are now. This just might have more to do with frustration from the givers than a couple of wars. (The givers being those that pay for the takers, whether willingly through charity or not through taxes...)

Then we get to, "And as far as using their money to invest in businesses that can hire people, they would rather be venture capitalists and use their money to make more money."

Sorry to be snarky editor, but you should have explained to Rose that a venture capitalist is in fact someone who invests in business's that hire people and grow the economy.

As far as keeping people away from the polls and justice dept, the first thing that comes to mind is the image of the black panthers at inner city polling places in trenchcoats and baseball bats and the justice dept, headed by a black man, decides that this situation doesn't rise to voter intimidation. Are you saying that the black panthers an the justice dept are the enemies?

Enough fun, let's get serious for a minute. If you want to call on people to regain their patriotism, how about demanding that they do whatever they can to take less from the government. There was a time when this country came together during WWII. Did we do that by giving more money to each other or by having everyone pitch in and work more for a common goal? Using government money for your own needs is a selfish act in and of itself. Those that find themselves in need of help should remember that they are taking money from someone else's kids and do whatever they can to get off of the backs of their fellow Americans as soon as possible. That there is some patriotism!!!

Why is it selfish to want to spend your hard earned money on your own kids and not selfish for someone else to take money from your kids to spend on theirs?

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Jimmy Bearfield October 23, 2012 | 11:42 a.m.

"Wow! How is this appearing in a newspaper instead of a kids magazine?
There is no depth at all here."

Her columns are alway poorly written. They're the No. 1 reason why I will never resume my Missourian subscription.

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John Schultz October 23, 2012 | 11:48 a.m.

I think I submitted this as a correction instead of a comment, but who created the headline for this piece - Rose or Missourian staff? The title seems absurd to me.

I find it interesting that many people, both liberal and conservative, seem to think that taxpayers and the government should have the power to keep businesses from relocating. Businesses are free to move to the other end of the city, another state, or country.

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