President Obama and Small Businesses


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At is a story revealing that 55% of small business owners would not start a business today, and that they blame President Obama for that. Democrats love to claim that “We are for the little guy,” but the small business owners with whom I have talked agree with the 55% in the poll. One owner of a flower shop told me that his business prospered best when Mr. Reagan was president, and that he is barely holding on under the Obama administration. The main reason is the poor economy–and this is something that cannot be wholly blamed on Mr. Bush, although he shares part of the blame. Mr. Obama has been in office for three years, and his massive spending of federal money has done no more good than did Mr. Bush’s massive spending. The “economic stimulus package” may have helped some businesses and educational institutions, but much of the money did not go to “shovel-ready projects,” as Mr. Obama claimed.

What is needed for small business to prosper is (1) a lessening of the regulatory load the federal government imposes on business, (2) a reasonable tax rate that does not overburden small businesses, (3) an end to the corporate welfare that favors large corporations over small businesses in a given community, and (4) higher tariffs and other ways to lessen the trade deficit and to stop outsourcing of American jobs. The Republicans agree with the first three factors–they need to follow Pat Buchanan and agree with the fourth. Still, three out of four is better than the Democrats’ zero percentage.

If the Obama Administration were only an enemy of large multinational corporations I could stomach that. They hold an unfair advantage over small businesses and often out-compete mom and pop operations by city, county, and/or state officials giving them large tax breaks. But the Administration has revealed its hostility to small businesses as well through heavy regulatory and burdensome tax policies. The massive spending of federal funds that has blown the federal budget deficit out to astronomical proportions helps keep investors nervous and helps keep the economy in a chronic recession. If a Republican were president, much of the media would be telling the truth which is that the United States is in a depression. The true unemployment rate that includes those who have given up trying to find the job approaches 15%. In some counties unemployment approaches 30%. The poor economy means that people have less money, and their lack of funds means that they spend less money–and small businesses, which are often more expensive¬† than large corporations, suffer first as customers seek cheaper products. The combination of poor sales and increasing capital resources to pay taxes and for renovations required by the government smothers small businesses. The economic ramifications of a second Obama term would most likely result in the ruin of many other small businesses.

Abuses of Federal Power


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I never believed that any administration would run roughshod over the constitution as much as that of Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I was wrong. The present administration is worse. To sue the state of Arizona passing a measure to enforce federal immigration law is one thing. To threaten to sue Sheriff Joe Arpaio is beyond belief. These events mark a dangerous extension of federal power against state and local governments. Hopefully these efforts will not succeed, but the suit and threat of a suit should never have happened. Does this administration believe that it can run over the will of the people? Apparently so.

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the Democratic-led House of Representatives, is even worse. She desires to investigate those “financing” the opponents of the mosque in New York. Never mind that 63% of the American people oppose the mosque, and never mind that the issue is not one of religious tolerance, but of a lack of propriety. The Roman Catholic Church once stopped a convent from locating near Auschwitz, the Pope stopped that project from going forward due to quite understandable protests. Auschwitz, like Ground Zero, is hallowed ground. Just as it is unfitting to build a convent near Auschwitz, so it is unfitting to build a mosque near Ground Zero. This is not an argument by nutcases; even if one disagrees with the argument, it is a reasonable one. To investigate opponents of the mosque smacks of government harassment of private citizens and organizations in the worst way. Sometimes I wonder how far the United States is from passing its own “Enabling Act.”