Someone, I believe it was Mark Twain, once said "There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies, and statistics." Presumably he meant that statistics were the biggest lie of all. Many statisticians take offence, offering the counter that statistics don't lie, they are merely manipulated.
The question was posed recently of the Democratic Party, Are we better off than we were four years ago? Many say the answer was botched. I would say, it depends on who you ask. If you ask the politician who is the incumbent, I would expect that answer to be "Yes." Naturally, the challenger would say "No." The homeowner still facing foreclosure or the unemployed might say no. But the person who managed to find a job recently or the homeowner who finally got that loan modification might say yes.
This political season has been very contentious; maybe even more so than the last. Regardless of which side of the aisle you traditionally support, it is your responsibility to check the facts. As I've said before, I'm not a fan of pundits. I much prefer to listen to what is being said by the candidates and form my own opinion. Our instincts coupled with common sense will never steer us wrong.
There is a lot at stake, especially for small, and minority and woman business enterprises. We have done our best to keep you informed of these critical measures in our "Eye on Washington" features. If you have been paying attention, you know what they are and which ones are important to your business. We need action. Until now, there has been very little of it.
The candidates have many different platforms that they run on and we are not going to agree on all of them, but for us small, minority, and woman business owners, its who will stand with us, and support us, that must sway us. It is we who will carry the weight of the country's recovery, not the politicians and not the major corporations.
Voting is not just a privilege; it's the responsibility of every American. This is our opportunity to voice our opinion and make ourselves heard. So, do your part.
Go out and vote!
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