Petrogram - Summer 2009 - (Page 6)
President’s PERSPECTIVE Our Responsibility Let’s share small-business common sense with big government Jim Smith I n our current economic situation, the mainstream media have focused on Wall Street and large corporations. They have totally ignored the major engine of our economy. That engine is small business. Convenience store owners are part of that small business community and each one contributes to their local areas through jobs, services, fees, local sponsorships of youth efforts and relationships with local lenders. The bailout dollars being thrown around like monopoly money aren’t aimed at anyone reading this, and I’m fairly certain they never will be. Those dollars, however, are connected to our industry through taxes and fees and payroll and a whole host of other avenues. In essence, we’re funding the bailout because government isn’t in the business of making money. They’re in the business of taking it. Small business owners understand something that is apparently foreign to most of our elected oﬃcials in Washington. When their revenues go down they’ve got to reduce their expenses. They know that if they don’t, they will not be able to stay in business. They know they can’t print their own money, and they know they have a responsibility to repay debts and take care of their employees. What is occurring in this country, at this time, reminded me of a quote I read quite a while ago. The quote goes as follows, “The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be reﬁlled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of oﬃcialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance | Summer 2009 to foreign lands should be curtailed lest we become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.” The quote is from the Roman Cicero, and was made in 55 B.C. Until this country was founded, the Roman Empire was the longest surviving democratic republic in the history of humanity. The leadership didn’t take the advice of Cicero and eventually collapsed under the weight of the mismanagement of their government programs and largesse. We are proceeding down a similar path. The collective force of our industry needs to elect people who will listen to reason, people who share common values and people who understand their personal responsibility to those who placed them in oﬃce. Common sense business practices that are utilized all over this country by small business owners must ﬁnd their way into our government process. We’ve got two years before we vote again for individuals that we will send to Washington. We must begin now to meet new candidates and to interact with incumbents. The process of educating those we elect starts at the grassroots. We can no longer sit around and expect someone else to do it. We can no longer go to a voting booth and elect the most familiar name. We need to begin making smart choices on who we entrust with our future. If we don’t then “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” will no doubt be our motto, and no doubt be our future. ❍ We can no longer sit around and expect someone else to do it. We can no longer go to a voting booth and elect the most familiar name. We need to begin making smart choices on who we entrust with our future. 6 | Petrogram www.fpma.org
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram - Summer 2009
Petrogram - Summer 2009
2009 Convention and Trade Show Information
What, Another Deadline?
Out & About the Industry
The Un-Comfort Zone with Robert Wilson
FDOT’s Attack on Business Damage
Crime Doesn’t Pay – Neither Should You
The HR Advisor
Meet New Member: WatchDog Calibration
Keep It Local
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
Petrogram - Summer 2009
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