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The Mixing of Politics and Business on Facebook

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Ronald ReaganAs my readers know, I’m a Republican. Republican seems to be a bad word these days to a lot of people. I suppose I still remember the Reagan era when it wasn’t a bad word. I consider myself a moderate, compassionate Republican, because I’m liberal on social issues such as abortion and gay marriage, and feel we need to help the disadvantaged. However, I believe that if you give a man a fish; you have fed him for today.  Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime. I don’t believe in hand out’s, but believe in hand up’s. I want government to be smaller, smarter, more efficient; and to keep things simple and focus on what we really need from them, and let the public sector do the rest. Public sector is lean and mean, and highly innovative and can do more, faster. I think people should be rewarded for hard work, and not be overly taxed. I also believe that those who manage to save and invest shouldn’t be punished with Capital Gains and Estate taxes. I could go on, and on. But I won’t. A Facebook friend shared this video with me, and I wanted to share it with my readers. Take a look at the video. It’s actually funny whether you are a Democrat or Republican.

 

I had a different Facebook friend of mine send me this message this morning, and I thought I’d share:

I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy your posts so much. It’s just so refreshing to see a “real” person and someone who understands how to combine all the personal stuff with political with business. I’ve had a conversation with someone on FB who signed up just for business and they never post. He’s disgusted by business people who post personal stuff! Has a real problem with daily posts, etc. (So, I’m wondering why he’s on fb in the first place???? ) On the contrary, if I’m going to do business with someone and I can see who they are by snippets of their personality on facebook, I would like that. I LIKE that you are a fearless Republican! I like your opinions. If I still had my business,  I would do business with you for all of those reasons. I think this would make an excellent topic for your blog!!!!

I think it’s great that we now have Facebook to share ideas with our contacts. I think this is great for our democracy. Lord knows the public is extremely polarized, so hopefully some great ideas and consensus will come out of this new social media. I’d love to know what my readers think about Facebook and business, and whether they think it’s helping their business efforts. I’d also love to know if business owners feel free to “keep it real” and post openly on Facebook? Please comment below, and share your thoughts.

– Miss A

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