I AM Jane the Plumber
My husband and I don’t make $250K but we hope to someday.
We’ve lived below our means in order to save money beyond the 401Ks we have.
I’ve been going to cooking school in hopes of starting a small food business in the next year or two.
My hopes have been dashed by the prospect of an Obama Presidency.
We’d be risking so much of our money to start the business. Someone forgot to tell Obama that most small businesses fail. To think that if I were actually successful at it (can earn more than $250K) I’d be taxed out of existence, makes the risks way too high to be worth it. Therefore, no new small business for me.
I am a high school graduate.
I didn’t have enough money to go to college.
I worked side jobs until I saw a commercial for computer programming school. I applied to go, got a small grant, took out a student loan and went there to learn to program.
I got my first ‘computer’ job at a small company on the second shift and made $2.75 per hour.
I was able to work my way through a few lowly computer jobs until I became a partner of a small computer programming firm.
Three years after I graduated programming school, I started my own programming company.
During the 80’s, I had as many as 50 clients and 4 employees.
Toward the end of the 1980’s, the economic recession took hold and I lost practically everything.
I took a job with a former client. I spent nearly ten years as an employee until I stalled at position #5. I left to pursue other interests.
I was a part-time consultant as I planned to open a food franchise. I secured the exclusive rights for the franchise in New York and New Jersey.
Three years after I left my staff job, I opened a restaurant and added the franchise component. We opened to rave reviews.
After a seventeen year run-up in the restaurant market in New Jersey, the market turned. Business started to fall off and by late 2007, we could no longer sustain the restaurant and sold the business a few months later.
As you know, today, I am a blogger. It was a natural progression of a person who is a mix of entrepreneur, IT professional and political junkie. I am not making a ton of cash, but I see a path and I am following it. I am passionate about what I do and see a way to make some money doing it. I have the support of my family and am in the best of health.
Much like Joe, I am a ‘regular guy’. I wish I was doing better and perhaps, with my drive and dedication, I may improve my lot in life. What I don’t need is to see a country in an economic crisis that if a candidate wins, will cap my success and insert an I.V. as soon as I get back on better footing. When I failed in business, where was MY bailout? I guess I wasn’t “too big to fail.”
I believe that this chaos is the perfect time for an unscrupulous person or person, using the pretense of the government help, to reorganize and socialize government programs. I must caution everyone, income redistribution DOES NOT WORK! It forces everyone to move to the lowest output and maximum gain – it’s a race to the bottom. It kills incentive.
I, like Joe the Plumber, am in a position that I have been before – lower than I want. I DO want to achieve more. I am willing to work for it. I am determined to do it. And I certainly do not want my prize to be that you take away my incentive once I cross the next finish line.
Are YOU Joe the Plumber? I bet many of you are.
Take the shackles off…free your spirit, an fly.
The ‘hope’ I have is that no one wants to control me because HE sees fit to give the spoils of my effort to another.