See the vid above to get what kind of people own this restaurant. The kind of people the right wing thugs and bullies hone in on. They just didn’t want to be props.
DENVER – A Mexican restaurant in the Highlands neighborhood declined a Mitt Romney campaign stop.
Now the owners of Rosa Linda’s Mexican Café are getting death threats, nasty threatening phone calls, and insulting e-mails criticizing their choice.
“I don’t want people to be angry at me,” Rosa Linda Aguirre, the owner of the neighborhood staple, said. “I feel that this is really going out of proportion. I’m sorry if I offended somebody or everybody. I did not mean to do that.”
The café has been in the neighborhood for a very long time. The Aguirres, originally from Mexico, are U.S. citizens. They’re Mormon.
“We don’t want to be a tool. We don’t want to be anything more than a place of gathering and a home,” Oscar Aguirre, Rosa Linda’s son and a restaurant employee, said.
“People are saying they want to see us out of business. I’m like, we didn’t do anything,” he said. “We just didn’t want to be a campaign stop. Mr. Romney, come and eat tomorrow. He’s welcome. President Obama is welcome; former President Bush is welcome; President Clinton, they’re welcome. It doesn’t matter. We’re a place of family and a place of community.”
Aguirre said he’s been receiving death threats and ugly emails. A customer Wednesday ordered $120 worth of food, and then cancelled the order when it was already cooked.
“People are hateful,” Oscar said. “I got death threats last night, people calling me, telling me that they live down the street. They’re going to come and get me. The phone has been ringing off the hook.”
Small business owners believe President Barack Obama would be more supportive of them than GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, according to a new study by George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management with local services site Thumbtack.
The majority of small business owners surveyed support Obama (39 percent vs. 31 percent for Romney) despite the president’s controversial comment “you didn’t build that,” which has become a rallying cry for the Republican Party to attract small business owners.
“These entrepreneurs are busy with their businesses, so they are less engaged in the rough and tumble of national politics,” said David Rehr, a lead researcher on the study with GWU, of why “you didn’t build that” didn’t have more of an impact. “I think the data also shows the Romney campaign needs to continue to refine its message to these voters.”
In a previous post– Mitt Romney uses business owners to attack Pres. Obama, but oops! They contradict his own message– people were used by Romney’s campaign to attack and isolate President Obama’s out-of-context “You didn’t build that” moment that has been repeatedly and dishonestly used against him. In fact, those very business owners have “embraced it and benefited from” so-called big government, as did Jack Gilchrist of Gilchrist Metal Fabricating:
The star of the most recent Mitt Romney campaign ad criticizing President Barack Obama for arguing that government can play a constructive role in helping business has major business dealings with government entities…. [A] a quick Google search turned up several instances in which the company either sought out or worked directly with government entities. [...]
The Obama campaign may take comfort in knowing that, through these web ads, the Romney campaign is seemingly making its point for them.
And then Stein went on to list the entities. Here is Dennis Sollmann, the owner of Sollmann Electric Company:
“I mean, I’m thinking, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ He was trying to say: ‘Hey, you didn’t build that business on your own. The government helped you build it.’ And that’s what ticked me off more than anything.”
Well, Mr. Sollmann and Mr. Gilchrist, the government helped you build it. Now when can President Obama expect your apology and thank you notes?
I love this story. I adore this story. I want everyone to read this story in full. How often do we get to bring you a report that is this heartwarming and positive?
Not to mention a report that should drive some Republicans crazy. Why? Because a socially responsible L.A. man with a whole lot of compassion, patience, trust, and smarts went out of his way to employ people who the GOP presidential candidate wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot dressage riding crop.
Those people would be the very ones who many GOP governors and legislators are just aching to prevent from voting: The poor, the homeless, the uneducated, former criminals, or those fighting battles with addiction, and often winning.
Too bad they don’t care one whit about the very people they claim to want to lead.
But back to the uplifting tale of a guy who knows what it means to be productive and humanitarian, open-minded and enterprising by insourcing… from Skid Row.
In staffing his organic-oriented Fresco Community Market in Montecito Heights early last year, Jon Murga looked for employees in an unlikely place: skid row.
He hired 11 people then and one this month through a job development program at the Los Angeles Mission. Most were trying to stay off drugs, alcohol or both as they struggled to exit the ranks of the homeless. Some were trying to put criminal convictions in the past. [...]
He tries to find jobs for those who go through the program’s rehabilitation process, tapping his database of as many as 100 businesses. But to employers, his folks carry the stigma of homelessness, often lack a formal education and have a spotty work history and sometimes a criminal record.
He went to the L.A. Mission with the intent of hiring people. He sought them out. One was a fiftysomething woman who, after “20 years of being lost” and who ended up with a felony drug conviction, “came to my senses.” Now she says, “Life is good.”
Life is now good for someone who many would have chalked up as a lost cause.
Jon Murga is in the business of improving lives while improving his own… along with building his business. Imagine that. Contributing to his community as he encourages and changes attitudes and fortunes.
His store gives back to the community “in the form of charitable donations and a commitment to hire those most in need.”
We the people. We, not Me. That’s change we can believe in.
As part of his business plan, Murga created a charitable foundation to funnel part of his profits to local church and school programs. And he went to the Los Angeles Mission to hire workers, who now account for a quarter of his staff and earn $10 to $15 an hour.
Yeah, yeah, but can those Murga hires hold a job, you may be wondering?
Allen Ceravolo, who runs the mission’s career center, says yes. About two-thirds have hung on to their jobs for at least a year. Only three of the initial 11 hired by Fresco have left.
The ones who remain are outstanding employees, and one has become a manager, Murga said. “There’s a gratitude, a humbleness.”
“I believe we have the business model for tomorrow in retail,” Murga said. If so, that would really be a move in the right direction, or as President Obama has put it, “forward” and “yes we can.”
Or as I like to call it, pro-life.
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