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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