So how is it that a person that has a core value and belief in hiring people and developing them now sitting in a room trying to figure out how to not hire anyone? Over the last four years of owning my business it has become increasingly more difficult, expensive, and personally risky to have employees. Allow me to give you the most crystal clear example of a policy implemented under the Obama administration that makes me not want to hire anyone.
Now here is what you need to understand on the other side. If one of my employees steals from you, I am liable. If one of my employees assaults you or rapes you, I am liable. This means I can be sued for my company and as a sole proprietor it means my house, my savings, and my family is on the line each and every time I hire someone because legally my business is me. If I am found to have not properly screened my employee I can be found negligent which voids my insurance. If I knowingly hire a felon and they commit another crime I am going to be found negligent by a jury. I can literally lose everything from a single bad hire. It is a huge leap of faith and risk every single time I hire someone. And now my own government says it may be illegal for me to look at look at the one piece of 100% proven past behavior as a factor in my hiring decision. Has the world lost its mind?
I can go on with other examples. How the health care law scares the pants off me because no one can explain it to me because the rules are not yet written and it is only 14 months away. I have this huge looming cost that no one can explain to me . I can tell you stories of people cheating the unemployment system that will make you want to repeal the entire unemployment insurance program. And disability? How about the adult male on lifetime disability for ADHD. Or the, I am not kidding here, 4 – 5 people a month that apply for a job but then ask to be paid under the table because they are on disability. I run a residential cleaning service so I pull from the group of people on these programs and when you see how it really works and the tremendous amount of fraud and waste, it starts to make you more conservative by the day. Or how some of the people I try to promote and start down that path to a whole new life and they will not accept the promotion because they will lose their benefits. It is almost a weekly occurrence in my office that someone asks me to reduce their hours because once again they don’t want to lose their benefits. I have said before my business would make a great reality television series and I wish you could all just experience what it is like for a week because it would be an eye opening experience.
So I have spent months reading daily Facebook posts and just being quiet as people I know and love post some really nasty things about Republicans and I just wanted to explain my views. To be clear I wish there was a third choice because I think the Republicans are on the wrong side of many social issues. But at the end of the day there is a lot of historic momentum on the side of things going the right way on social issues in my opinion. Gays are going to get the right to marry. Women are not going to lose the right to abortion. My daughter is going to grow up with more liberal social views than me just as my generation did with the one before us and so on. I don’t think any candidate can stop it, at worst they can slow it down a little. If I really felt any of this was at risk I may vote differently but I don’t. However as a person who is in the trenches as a business owner day in and day out I can tell you with all honesty the momentum is completely in the wrong direction when it relates to hiring and creating jobs. The system makes good people not want to hire people and It is getting worse by the day. I am person who’s greatest joy is creating jobs for my people and helping them to grow beyond their own expectations. Yet because of the environment I am in, I am find myself spending a great deal of my time and resources trying to figure out how to not hire people for all the reasons outlined above. That bothers me a lot. And I think it should bother you too.