By Riley Manning/NEMS Daily Journal
AMORY – The Nibble Nook diner caters to a who’s who of Monroe County, from small business owners to county supervisors. They are hometown men and old friends, and joke that the Nibble Nook is the real City Hall.
In the face of an upcoming election season, job creation and the economy are the front-runners of their concerns.
“Jobs run the economy, not the government,” said Rick Stevenson. With a background in the real estate mortgage industry, Stevenson suffered the effects of the recession first-hand.
“Anyone would probably tell you that we are worse off on good jobs than four years ago,” said Corey Clark, a car dealer at Clark Ford in Amory.
The group agreed that small towns rely heavily on local businesses, and that the Obama administration is making success in towns like Amory more and more difficult. Bobby Gosa, owner and operator of the Nibble Nook, said running his own business was an uphill battle because of the heavy taxes imposed on him.
Partly, they blame the abundance of government handouts. In the end, they said someone has to pay, and it is the working class that ends up being spread too thin.
“We need an overhaul of the entitlement process,” said a diner who wished to remain anonymous.
“There are not enough checks and balances in the welfare system, and no one is checking on those who are on welfare to see if they are making progress,” he said.
Looking toward the future, the group was not optimistic. They said the more the government indulges voter dreams of lowering taxes while still spending excessively, the bigger burden is placed on future citizens.
“We can’t keep going the way we’re going,” said Stevenson.
“Neither party wants to raise taxes or cut spending, but that’s what has to happen,” he said.