United States President Barack Obama is not the most popular man in the country right now. With an unemployment rate of 10 percent
– Austrian Economists argue that the number is actually in the mid-20s
– the U.S. bogged down in wars
and the nation’s debt increasing by the day
, the American people are hoping for some sort of change.
One business owner is putting forth a new company policy, something that has stirred a bit of controversy in western Georgia: “We are not hiring until Obama is gone.”
Bill Looman, owner of U.S. Cranes, LLC
, says that he “can’t afford it” because of the Obama administration. The new policy is plastered on trucks that will drive across the country on roads, highways and interstates.
“I've got people that I want to hire now, but I just can't afford it, and I don't foresee that I'll be able to afford it unless some things change in D.C.,” said Looman in an interview with NBC
affiliate, 11 Alive
. “The way the economy's running, and the way my business has been hampered by the economy, and the policies of the people in power, I felt that it was necessary to voice my opinion, and predict that I wouldn't be able to do any hiring.”
Looman says, though, that the signs were first put up more than six months ago. He posted pictures of the signs on his Facebook page, which he said garnered positive feedback. It is unknown how one of the photos went viral this week.
Due to positive and negative reaction from the general public, Looman has had to disconnect his phone because he has received non-stop telephone calls. He has also had to shut down the company’s website due to heavy traffic.
The businessman told the news outlet that someone reported him to the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service as a national security threat. Fortunately for Looman, after the FBI visited him, they left laughing.
“I just spent 10 years in the Marine Corps protecting the rights of people... the First Amendment, and the Second Amendment and the [rest of the] Bill of Rights,” added Looman. “Lord knows they're calling me at 2 in the morning, all night long, and voicing their opinion. And I respect their right to do that. I'm getting a reaction, a lot of it's negative, now. But a lot of people are waking up.”
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