By far my biggest disappointment with Obama’s election is that there is no discernable bump to the economy or the attitude of the stock market. While the press gushed over the new President-elect, we laid a few more people off. There seems to be a real disconnect in the media between the excitement of the electing our first black president and the reality of our economic outlook. The press eerily reminds me of the band on the deck of the Titanic. Our company’s sales are on life support and we have run out of people to lay off. I am amazed I have not been laid off but each day I have a job I am grateful. I was hoping that after the election we would have at least a little pickup in sales. Unfortunately our sales mimicked the dismal performance of the stock market. So my boss did what a lot of bosses are being forced to do, preserve the firm for another day. Laying people off is always a tough decision but at least there is still some hope that sales might pick up before Christmas. At this time of year our sales typically start to climb as we get closer to Christmas. So far we have not seen any increase in sales. If this trend continues, it looks like it is going to be a miserable Christmas for a lot of people. So far the only group that seems to be benefitting from the election are gun shop owners. Instapundit references a local news story but I heard a similar news story in this area.