|Small Business Is Important To Communities|
Big government has become toxic for small business. Today very few Americans are actually able and willing to risk capital and try to meet a payroll. This is because it often means they have to buy health insurance for their workers, lease an attractive site, maintain business licenses, observe myriad obscure regulations while creating a market that makes economic sense. This puts a target on their back requiring them to innovate and compete with cutthroat competitors. While doing all this they are also asked to meet disability access standards, remain on call 24/7 for any business emergencies, and stay up late into the night trying to juggle interests of employees, business, and community.
There is a solid reason why today only 2% of all Americans actually employ at least one non-relative employee. The owners of small businesses are burdened with spending countless hours trying to comply with the red tape rather than in earning a living. According to the Small Business Administration only 10% of Americans own a business and 80% of these are single self-employed businesses. The remainder of Americans busy themselves with demanding jobs that will return more for less effort, they seek jobs that will provide higher than average wages, a full complement of generous benefits and frequent paid holidays. Most also seek a definite work day without after hour calls or responsibilities.
America has become not so much a capitalist society as a worker's society demanding socialist protections, this is a large part of why America appears to have lost much of its competitive edge. Though usually denied by government employees, jobs in Government often pay better and are less demanding than those in the private sector. Many government employees also are also protected by unions and work rules that provide them with security and generous benefits that small business and much of the private sector do not enjoy. As a result of this reality, it is not uncommon that a vast number of talented workers prefer to slip into dead end paper shuffling bureaucratic jobs rather than set out on the path to becoming an entrepreneur.
It has been said that money is the mother’s milk of politics, this in many ways has been the Achilles heal of small business. The lobbyist that represent banks, big business, and special interest have had their way to the detriment of America and small business. They have shaped and crafted regulations that have shifted commerce strongly in their favor. As the stocks of large companies rise we are often oblivious to the names of local businesses that cease to exist. Even as many small businesses try to carve out a niche they can defend against the giant retailers down the street they must also compete against exploiters like Amazon that have no brick and mortar presence and also benefit from avoiding local and state sales tax.
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My point is that small business and entrepreneurship are key in making America great again but the sad truth is that beyond the Lemonade Stand of childhood few Americans know anything about running a business. Running a business in America is complex and requires knowledge and smarts, if we want to create more jobs Government must encourage small business formation by slashing through the regulations, simplifying, and removing the burdens that make it so difficult. Government can do a lot to equalize the playing field between small businesses and their larger brethren but it should be through well thought out policies. We have to decide what kind of communities we really want to live in and if America is going to remain a land of opportunity.
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