New Romney web ad: Bill’s BBQ couldn’t take four years of President Obama

posted at 8:01 pm on November 1, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Since it’s not a web ad featuring a super cool, hipster-celebrity making suggestive analogies about President Obama’s oh-so-dreamy and glamorous political qualities, I doubt it will get nearly the same traffic as Team Obama’s recent Lena Dunham ad — which is most unfortunate, because rather than a cotton-candy, war-on-women appeal to the youths, we actually see the real-world effect that Obama’s policies have had on hardworking, middle-class Americans.

President Obama’s policies have been brutal to the business world, and small businesses in particular. An onslaught of red-tape regulations, ObamaCare, the threat of higher taxes, generally poor economic growth — none of these have been kind to entrepreneurs or owners trying to grow their outfits. Despite the Obama administration’s several showy moves to come to the aid of small business, their vital signs just haven’t picked up, via Bloomberg Businessweek:

The measure estimates employment at independent companies with fewer than 20 employees that use Intuit’s online payroll product. Companies with fewer than 20 workers make up nearly 90 percent private employers in the U.S. …

Companies with fewer than 20 employees have actually shed jobs during the economic recovery; the Intuit Small Business Employment Index was 0.9 percent lower in October 2012 than in July 2009. Moreover, since May, the index has moved in the opposite direction from BLS estimates of overall employment, with Intuit reporting a loss of 10,000 small business jobs in each of the last two months alone. …

Compensation and hours are similarly weak. Adjusting for inflation and seasonality, monthly compensation for all employees (including the owners) at businesses with fewer than 20 employees is 10.2 percent lower than when the president took office.

Ouch. As Team Romney showcases here, it’s just been too much for some businesses to take.

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EPA regs

I do picture Obama’s second term sending the EPA to fine smokehouses and polluters.

Profit margins are very low in BBQ which has high food costs.

seven on November 2, 2012 at 11:54 AM

My husband estimates that he will have to close his business in 6 months if Obama gets a second term. And there is little chance of his finding a job in his field where there is 25% unemployment. My colleagues are insulated from the ravages of Obama’s reign and are excited about voting for him again. They can’t understand why I will crawl across broken glass to vote for Romney even knowing how hard hit we have been because, you know, Obama is cool.

IdrilofGondolin on November 2, 2012 at 1:04 PM

It was quite interesting seeing the way they spun the story as one of partisan hackery by Bill’s Barbecue, but truth telling from the other business owner.

What he actually said was that the SBA guaranteed a private loan. This is a long-standing program and has nothing to do with Obama.

Also, much as the Obama “recovery” sucks, the problems of Bill’s Barbecue were largely self-induced.

bgoldman on November 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Ditto to all the idealogue idiots, cultish followers and hard left radicals that have watched the past four years with glee that their version of America was being realized. As they feasted on the goose, they didn’t understand it also laid the golden eggs. I’m not sure, honestly, that I can ever forgive them for their stupidity and their belief in the Hope and Change that ended up destroying the lives and livelihoods of so many people I know. Damn them all.

idalily on November 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Don’t worry. If they don’t repent, you don’t have to forgive them. If they do repent and are willing to do penance (which is the outward sign of a true state of inward repentance), then you should.

Possible penance for a repentant leftie might include:
– Publicly saying “I was wrong”. Peggy Noonan and Ann Althouse, among others, seem to have done this.
– Doing your best to make whole the person or persons you have wronged. Assisting some of the victims of Obagman’s policies might fit the bill.

Anybody got anything else?

Mary in LA on November 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Even if Bill went bankrupt, he can still fall into Obama’s safety net and continue comfortably with his life. That is the larger point here (which apparently sailed right over Romney’s head like so many spitballs in 5th grade Geometry class).

akaniku on November 1, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Spoken like a 6th grader.

Did you miss the part where the lady was devastated that she was going to say goodbye to her workers, most she has known for decades? You Libs don’t get it sometimes. I doubt Bill’s family will live comfortably with the thought that hundreds of their employees are instantly unemployed.

BigAlSouth on November 3, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Even if Bill went bankrupt, he can still fall into Obama’s safety net and continue comfortably with his life.

Oh really? That’s all there is to life in your eyes? Food stamps, SSDI and Section 8 housing? That’s what you call living comfortably?

Yes, President Food Stamp is putting all of us in danger of that type of susbsistance life. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have to deal with the so-called safety net. I am almost there myself. Haven’t worked in two years. Only worked part-time the two years before that. House is headed toward foreclosure. And with no place to go. No family to stay with. Likely the streets or a park bench. No money available. No food or minimal food. Yes, having to go to stores to eat the samples. I refuse to accept food stamps. Or SSDI. Or Section 8.

Screw you.

pdigaudio on November 3, 2012 at 11:26 AM