On my planet, Government would Stay out of the way of Small Business

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Real Estate Agent with Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

On my planet, Government would Stay out of the way of Small Business.

Small businesses are what make America strong, they provide the jobs and the innovation that is needed to create so many great products and services.

But often times, small business is stifled and squashed by well-meaning government people who generally only know one answer to every question, and that is a “NO”.

They don’t trust business, they think that business people are all greedy people who don’t do the responsible thing, yet in my experience the opposite is true.  We fought many wars to avoid communism, yet I believe that many in government would really like to live in a socialist state.

 

The market will keep businesses in line:

  • If they don’t pay their employees enough they will go elsewhere.
  • If they don’t treat their customers well, they will go elsewhere.
  • If they don’t treat the environment well they consumers will boycott them.
  • And so forth…

 

I am not talking about getting rid of government all together, there is a role for government, but it is clearly not in business, governments don’t know how to be efficient, they don’t know how to “get the job done”, and they really should stay out of areas that they are not good at.

It irritates me when people say that we should increase or decrease the size of our government, some want to take the greedy route and stop paying taxes, while others want to raise taxes some more. 

But taxes are irrelevant if government would just stick to what they are good at and let businesses do what they are good at, like making money so that we can pay for all the taxes that the government needs to do its job.

 

 

We do need a strong government for:

  • A strong defense, both foreign and domestic.
  • An effective police force.
  • Exemplary schools, we cannot compete without well educated people.
  • Job training programs, (within reason), since employers are often better at this task anyway.
  • Research, for those cases where industry can’t see a profit incentive yet the research still needs to be done.
  • Building a strong infrastructure, roads, electrical grid, etc.
  • Caring for our people who cannot care for themselves, the crippled, old and those who are too lazy for any employer to want them.

 

But in order for the government to be able to charge us for these services they need to get out of our way.

  • Let us do our jobs
  • Stop licensing professions; clearly this does not work anyway.

There are a lot of culls with licenses, but they get them anyway because it gives a group of people in every state an excuse to do government work, selling people a "permit to work".

In the end the market will be the judge of whether a professional is any good, as they are now.

  • Get rid of minimum wages, they just force employers to pay their good workers less so that they can afford to pay the culls an artificial minimum wage.
    • The market will always determine what a person’s wage should be, the good ones will get paid more or leave for another company, and the culls will eventually go on welfare or get a job in the government.
  • Employment paperwork just for the purpose of keeping a few more government workers employed is also slowing down business and keeping millions of small businesses from expanding beyond the family unit. 
    • Get rid of this paperwork and learn to trust that the market will weed out any bad employers.
  • We should not need a permit for most of the things that we buy them for, but expanding government needs to find something to justify their existence, yet this also slows down business. 
    • There are many things that we just don’t do anymore because the cost of dealing with the government is just too expensive, unfortunately this does hurt the environment when these projects are ignored and abandoned.

 

 

I think you get the idea.

I am not advocating getting rid of government and refusing to pay my taxes like some of those folks on one side would like to do.

But I am also pleading for the other side to get out of my way so that I can afford to pay my taxes and keep our country strong in the places that it should be strong.

 

 

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William Feela
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The only way forgovernment to create new jobs is to create more control over us citizens.

Apr 30, 2014 05:59 AM #13
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Marte Cliff
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I agree with William - and in my book, more control is NOT what we need.

They need to back off and let the free market create jobs.

Apr 30, 2014 06:08 AM #14
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John Mosier
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Good post, Bob. However, you made this comment:

But often times, small business is stifled and squashed by well-meaning government people who generally only know one answer to every question, and that is a “NO”.

In many cases the government people are NOT WELL MEANING. They are intentionally destructive.  

Are you familiar with Agenda 21? As a forest expert, you should be aware of the way the misguided environmentalists interfere with good forest practices of thinning.

 

Apr 30, 2014 01:58 PM #15
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Marte Cliff
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I have to agree with John - although I appreciate your generosity in calling them "well meaning." Some are mean-spirited, and so intoxicated with their power that pushing citizens around is their primary goal.

And unfortunately, at this time I believe we have some in high offices (and appointed positions) whose goal is to destroy America and our beloved way of life.

Apr 30, 2014 02:15 PM #16
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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
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     The Federal Government of Washington, D.C. is the mortal enemy of the American people.  Those who believe otherwise will soon be in for a rude awakening.

Apr 30, 2014 02:29 PM #17
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Laura Cerrano
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Remember, there are many many tax breaks and loopholes for small businesses if you willing to look as some have said already here. Love and light and good luck in business, Laura
Apr 30, 2014 04:17 PM #18
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Pamela Seley
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I agree with Fred's comment #17. The federal government's behavior in Nevada is unconstitutional.

Apr 30, 2014 05:34 PM #19
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Susan Haughton
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Daggone it, Marte got to my comment before I did - "well meaning government people" is quite the oxymoron, otherwise, I agree with you, Marte and Fred wholeheartedly. 

Apr 30, 2014 10:09 PM #20
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Sam Miller
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Bob, I agree and wish there was a way that small businesses would have incentives to grow and hire more people not be penalized for growing.

Apr 30, 2014 10:11 PM #21
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Michael Setunsky
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Bob, government would work a whole lot better if it were run like a business.

Apr 30, 2014 10:52 PM #22
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Than Maynard
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I assume you are referring to government in general and not just the Federal government.

  • Exemplary schools, we cannot compete without well educated people.

The private schools sure seem to do a better job educating. Give the people vouchers and let them chose.

  • Job training programs, (within reason), since employers are often better at this task anyway.

Disagree here. Just way to easy for the government to turn it into a slush fund/pay off/crony reward system. There are plenty of technical schools available. Once they are educated (obviously, I question how involved the government should be in schools) the corporate world should take over.

  • Research, for those cases where industry can’t see a profit incentive yet the research still needs to be done.

As long as it is research and not propping up inefficient business (currently solar, wind, etc)

  • Building a strong infrastructure, roads, electrical grid, etc.

Agree to a point.

  • Caring for our people who cannot care for themselves, the crippled, old and those who are too lazy for any employer to want them.

 Charities do a better and more efficient job. I am sorry, but why should anyone support people "who are too lazy" to be employed? 

Apr 30, 2014 11:03 PM #23
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Tim Maitski
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Bob, 

It comes down to what the role of government should be.  Many people never really think about it in much depth.  Most just know about the role of government that they see in their small snapshot of time of their limited life span.  They just assume that it's a given and that's how it's always been.  They never really think about the deeper moral principles about the power and authority of government.

A good start is to read the Constitution and the Federalist Papers in order to understand and appreciate the great system that our founders tried to set up for us.  Unfortunately, incremental minor changes over the many years has gotten us so far away from the original set up.  Most of our problems are due to this.

It gets down to an even more basic question of "What is law?"  I read "The Law" by Frederic Bastiat many years ago and it was an epiphany. 

"... nothing can be more evident than this: The law is the organization of the natural right of lawful defense. It is the substitution of a common force for individual forces. And this common force is to do only what the individual forces have a natural and lawful right to do: to protect persons, liberties, and properties; to maintain the right of each, and to cause justice to reign over us all."

" See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.

Then abolish this law without delay, for it is not only an evil itself, but also it is a fertile source for further evils because it invites reprisals. If such a law — which may be an isolated case — is not abolished immediately, it will spread, multiply, and develop into a system. "

Unfortunately, the system of government is now  so enormous that we are way past the point of no return.  Such systems eventually implode.  My hope is that enough people will recoginze the problem soon enough and hopefully we can make the changes necessary to avoid losing it all.

Apr 30, 2014 11:48 PM #24
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Small businesses do not make the political contributions to enrich the lawmakers who service other interests.

 

May 01, 2014 12:00 AM #25
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
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Keeping it real, local, small business for the stop and shop and healthy natural economic forces to do their job. Without Uncle Sam saying here, let me try to help, fix it, legislate more laws to put on the books to weigh it all down. Bring everything to a screeching halt. Great post.

Less government, more money left over to stimulate the local economy which trickles up not from the other end of the funnel. In small business, you don't work, you don't get paid. In government jobs, the pay check clicks in like clockwork. For a while. Until hey, everyone is in the wagon, who's pulling it?

May 01, 2014 12:17 AM #26
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Rob Spinosa
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Every day we are wrestling with government intervention in the mortgage business. And what strikes me as most odd about it is that it's affecting those of us who have run our businesses ethically all along, and to the benefit of our clients.  The measures are in place to crack down hard on the bad players and crooks, and that's good, but for every one of those for which the expansive and oppressive laws apply, there are 10 viable clients who have their options restricted and the expense jacked higher due to the escalating cost of complying with the tangle of regulations.  It borders on the absurd.

May 01, 2014 12:53 AM #27
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Well said Bob, I just did my fair share payment this week and it hurt to know that I was paying for more of the same old same old. 

May 01, 2014 01:50 AM #28
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Very extensive and right on!! I know how they feel!

May 01, 2014 08:50 AM #29
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Great article Bob.  Even your idea of government is bigger than mine.  I think that the biggest problem with government regulating businesses is that they don't have ANY experience in business or in doing anything other than politicking.  They know how to run and win elections and that's it.  Without true real life experience, how can we (and they) expect to effectively regulate anything?

May 01, 2014 07:35 PM #30
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We quickly learn that conditions in real estate are all local.  It also applies to people problems, and local markets in general.  The problems always look simpler from hundreds to thousands of miles away.  However, vision is never wide enough to deal with the detail of implementation that needs to conform to the needs of different communities.

May 01, 2014 11:11 PM #31
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Government is the enemy of small business.  Government is the enemy of the people.  Sad, but true.

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