From the mutterings of Barack Obama to the past failed policies of Freddie (Alan) Krueger, it would appear the foundation for the new (same) soon-to-be launched jobs fairy tale is being leaked on a daily basis.
One recent comment made by the President definitely made me sit up and take notice.
I’ve heard Obama repeat himself so often that I usually just tune him out, but this time it was very different.
At a White House ceremony on Tuesday, the President said his proposals would “make it easier for small businesses to hire people.”
I heard that statement and just shook my head. In addition to being a columnist, talk show host, author, and CFP, I’m also a small businessman.
Obviously, given Obama’s extraordinary ability to communicate with the mass, I knew he was talking directly to me.
I thought back when I hired my most recent employee a few months ago. I didn’t advertise in the newspaper (no advertising costs), I simply let it be known to current employees that I had a job opening.
Since I took the verbal communication route, I thought it might be a difficult endeavor, but alas, twenty-one people applied for the job. No difficulty there.
Next, I discussed compensation, letting it be known the pay would be slightly better than minimum wage. I was sure that would create a stumbling block, but no one withdrew their application.
Then, I stated the required work hours would fluctuate from morning to afternoon and sometimes evening. I was sure that would be an obstacle to some, but once again, I was wrong.
In fact, I received eight more resumes. After that, I dropped the big bomb, and told everyone it was only a part-time job.
One applicant responded “part-time is better than no time.” This applicant immediately piqued my curiosity, but ultimately was not hired. Finally, I stated the job required computer savvy, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work unsupervised.
It was amazing how all thirty-two applicants (no, my math isn’t wrong, I received three additional applications during the interview process) fulfilled these requirements.
At long last, I made a decision and hired an applicant who had been working as a teacher’s assistant and held two master’s degrees (education and communication management.) Perfect!
This experience led me to believe that I needed no help with the hiring process. No amount of tax credits or incentives would encourage me, or any other small businessman, to hire.