Dan: Uh, I’m going to need a couple more weeks on that loan payment… (Roseanne opens door) Mike Summers: Hi, I’m Mike Summers, your state representative. How ya doin’? Roseanne:(unenthusiastically) Great. Mike: Good, I’m going door-to-door, trying to get to know my constituents. Roseanne: Oh, door-to-door, huh? That takes a lot of time. Why don’t you just go down to the unemployment office and see everybody at once? Mike: I hear ya. And you’re right.We can’t let this area’s work-force lay idle. That’s why bringing in new business is my number-one priority. Roseanne: How? Mike: Through tax incentives. See, we’re gonna make it cheaper for out-of-state businesses to set up shop right here in Lanford. Roseanne: So they get a tax break? Mike: Yeah, that’s why they come here. Roseanne: Well, who’s gonna pay the taxes that they ain’t paying? Mike: Well, you… you will. But you’ll be working. Good, steady employment. Roseanne: Union wages? Mike: Well, now, part of the reason these companies are finding it so expensive to operate in other locations is— Roseanne:(cuts him off) Soooo, they’re gonna dump the union, so they can come here and hire us at scab wages, and then for that privilege…we get to pay their taxes? Mike: Is your husband home? Roseanne: Well, he’s on the phone tryin’ to keep us from losing our house. Hey…let’s talk about that. See, we’re broke. I can’t even afford to buy groceries unless it’s double-coupon day. Mike: Mm-hm. You know, we should talk about that. Oh! But, I have several houses I have to get to before I quit go— Roseanne:(cuts him off, grabs coat) Oh, hey, great! I’ll come with ya. Boy, it’s gettin’ rough out here Mike. It’s getting so my son’s gonna have to wear my daughter’s hand-me-downs; for real this time, not just for fun.
Only a few miles down the road from Jones, her governor prayed alongside 30,000 people for all those “who have lost hope.” He did not see fit to mention either the thousands of his constituents lined up for free back-to-school items or the multi-million dollar cuts his budget will inflict upon the Texas education system.
“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.”
“It’s not in the top 20 things that we think about when we’re making a business hire,” said Ian Yankwitt, who owns Tortoise Investment Management. Yankwitt says deciding to bring on another employee is all about return on investment. Will adding another person to the payroll make his company more successful?
“If my taxes go up, I have slightly less disposable income, yes,” said Burger, co-owner of CSS International Holdings, a global infrastructure contractor. “But that has nothing to do with what my business does. What my business does is based on the contracts that it wins and the demand for its services.”
“I, like any other American, especially a business owner, I want to make as much money as I can and I want to keep as much money in my pocket as I can, but I also believe in the greater good,” says Deborah Schwarz, who owns LAC Group, an information management firm with offices nationwide and in London.