Small business is the backbone of this country
The Way I See It
by DON WEST
Community organizer (CO) versus independent business person (BP) is a comparison that is ludicrous at its inception. The audacity of “the king” to indicate that private business could not exist without government intervention is tantamount to saying a dog could not live without fleas. Considering the fact that there is no evidence that he ever held a job that was not taxpayer funded, never worked even in a fast food outlet indicates that he has no experience or knowledge that qualifies him to make such a statement.
Let’s look at the similarities to the two positions. A business person, (BP), in order to start up a small business has to secure financing; a community organizer (CO) only needs a handout. A BP must secure a location, lease or purchase property and provide a facility suitable to the type business that he establishes; a CO is given a facility by the taxpayers, and while the BP must make a profit to pay for his facility, the CO doesn’t have to produce anything in order to remain an occupant of the facility. A BP must screen, hire, and train people to work in the business while a CO will be provided necessary personnel by government handout. A BP must be licensed, permitted, inspected, insured, and regulated by any and every government entity that can find cause to insert its authority on the small business while the CO need not worry with such matters because government programs are exempt from most of the regulations and laws that apply to private businesses.
Taxes and regulation will consume 40 percent of the BP’s time and effort while the CO does not have to worry with such nuisances. They are not taxed because they produce nothing. They are not regulated because they are government funded and protected. The BP must constantly deal with personnel issues, payroll, social security, taxes, unemployment, health, life, liability, and property insurance while the CO is not affected by any of those.
The BP must be diligent in good business practices, making sure that all company personnel are courteous to customers, honest, and trained to accomplish the goals of the company while a CO only has to have a silver tongue to justify his existence. He only needs to convince the government that his “project” is worthy of the taxpayer funding. While the BP must run a tight ship in order to survive, a CO and his subjects can be rude, lazy, ignorant, careless, and fraudulent but not be subject to discipline or dismissal. The BP can lose the business and all personal assets if not profitable enough to meet expenses and grow the company, but the CO has no concerns about profits or expenses because they produce nothing. Their jobs are provided by the taxpayers, they answer to no one, and their existence is not questioned or audited for accomplishment.
Small business is the backbone of this country and government programs and jobs that “the king” has been a part of, including the present one, are the cancer that eats away on that backbone. The cancer is endemic but is not incurable. It steadily creeps through the body of this nation, feeding on itself, leaving dead and dying flesh of its citizens in its wake. The cure is the voting booth and recovery can begin in November, 2012.
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