The Business That Government Built

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Many of these are rules are mind-bogglingly stupid. Thus, if you want to open a lemonade stand in New York City, it will take you 65 days, including five weeks to complete a “Food Protection Certificate” and 15 hours for a “Food Protection Course.” If you are a farmer, you could be sanctioned by the Environmental Protection Agency for generating dust, which the agency calls “particulate matter,” even it occurs during a drought. Until recently, there was an EPA regulation that treated spilled milk as a “toxin,” putting milk spills on par with oil spills. The cost of complying with these regulations falls disproportionately on small businesses. By some estimates, small companies spend 364 percent more to comply with government regulations than their big-business counterparts. This amounts to a massive waste of potential prosperity.

Then there are the costs of new legislation. The most recent example is ObamaCare, which small businesses, represented by the FNIB, fought against. While the legislation has not yet gone into effect it is already taking a toll on small businesses. The NFIB says that its members report increases of 20 to 40 percent since the health care law was passed. That holds true for the businesses with 50 or fewer employees who are exempt from the provision to provide health care. Whatever the merits of the law, from a business standpoint it is yet another financial burden imposed by the government. Money that could have been reinvested in the business, for instance by hiring new workers or increasing productivity through new technology, will now be spent on health care compliance. Unlike the government-built roads and bridges that the president harps on, however, these regulatory costs remain largely unseen — except to the small businesses they stifle.

Obama is right in one sense. Small businesses are a vital part of the economy, creating over 60 percent of new jobs. All the more unfortunate then president’s response has been to saddle them with an expensive new health care bill, then to raise taxes on the 750,000 independent and small businesses that are taxed at individual income rates, and finally to diminish their own role in their success by exaggerating that of the government’s. Punishing job creators has costs, however. When voters consider them this November, the president’s preferred deflection – “somebody else made that happen” – may not sound terribly convincing.

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  • oldtimer

    And Mitt Romney is out of touch with the middle class!!! Business owners, stick together, protest this idiotic statement. As a former business owner, I had no help from the government or anyone else. I sold possessions, used my savings and my retirement money to get my business going. And my excessive taxes are what paid for the infrastructure and the government that Mr.0 says was the reason I succeeded. @$%^(#……

    • fiddler

      We have to yell louder than his fauning media! I'm going to make a bumper sticker with Chris Matthew's picture that says: "Don't trust 'journalists' with a 'thrill running up [their] leg'"!

  • Rifleman

    Businesses and people can and have built their own roads, power generation, security, and schools. Government can't buy, pay, do, or enforce anything without the money of the governed or ruled (as the dp/left/msm prefers). There are millions of proprietors that can do obama's job better than obama can, but obama has no clue how to do theirs jobs.

  • Where'sTheBigBoss!!

    Where are these GOVERNMENT HELPERS listed in my corporation papers? I can only find MY NAME listed anywhere. All these 35 years in business I thought that I was the one responsible for either success or failure!
    Was the Government liable also for any liability that might be incurred by "our" business?? Now that Michigan businesses have sunk to the bitter bottom and I'm hanging by my fingernails where is the cell phone number that I can call for help from my Silent Partner????
    P.S. None of the Highways, or Bridges are responsive to CALLS for HELP either!!!!

  • Johncdavidson

    If Obama gives up using the teleprompter and starts using his brain, he'll really reveal his ignorance to all of us.

  • Spider

    What businesses have the Government created: The welfare Industrial complex by FDR and L. Johnson, The lottery i.e. numbers racket, The IRS – extortion and theft ring, the Race Racket i.e. afirmative action and mortgage set assides that caused the housing bubble, EPA i.e. thugs to stop private industry and kill jobs, Immigration policy i.e. modern day slave trade, Obama Care i.e. Lousy medicine for all just like Cuba, State Education i.e union make work project with only 50% sucess rate, The Post Office i.e. least efficient business in history, Social Security i.e. Ponzi Scheme, FBI i.e Stazi like organization that now can issue its own search warrants, — Shall I go on?

  • Boston

    I received this joke in 2008 just before the clown that got elected as President took office. Too bad it didn't turn out to BE a joke.

    A Japanese doctor says, 'Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a kidney out of one man, put it in another, and have him out looking for work in 6 weeks.'
    A German doctor says, 'That is nothing. We can take a lung out of one person, put it in another, and have him out looking for work in four weeks.'
    A British doctor says, 'In my country, medicine is so advanced that we can take half a heart out of one person, put it in another and have both of them out looking for work in two weeks.'
    The American doctor, not to be outdone, interjected, 'You guys are way behind. We're about to take a Muslim with no brains, put him in the White House, and then half the country will be out looking for work in one week.'

  • Mike Villano

    Obama is an uber parasite boy with big ears.
    He's never earned a penny of his own money in his life and he couldn't manage a lemon aid stand much less a 7/11.

    He's totally clueless about how working people live or what advanced industrial economies need to function.

  • kong.ming

    What exactly does Washington bring to the table when we build a new bridge or road? Grafting? Corruption? Waste? Higher taxes? Private industries design and construct them anyways upon contract award after the bureaucrats wet their beaks.

    I can see only one possible use for Congressmen in construction projects: using Diane Feinstein, Charles Schummer, Barney Frank and Jerry Nadler's fat selves to balance out the crane when lifting hundreds of tons.

  • fiddler

    It never fails to amaze me that Harvard "professor"-turned community organizer-turned-(brief) Senator-turned POTUS somehow has the intellect and "vast" experience to be able to discern the risks and rewards of owning a small business entails. Of COURSE! If you have HIS background, you have intellectually arrived! You are the ubiquitous leader. As the venerable Chris Matthews says, he is the "perfect American".

    The issue here is the Left "knows" the pie size is static. Therefore, it must be carved up differntly (read re-distribution). Capitalists believe in the pie growing, where each piece becomes larger and guess what? Tax revenues increase as a result. That was Regan. Time to get the OJT president out. He was never qualified from the standpoint of understanding wealth generation, and weilds power as taken as some kind of whimsical entitlement. He thinks he is a monarch.

  • fiddler

    I recall seeing on I believe the History channel how (William?) Boeing struggled to keep his fledgling company alive while the industry was born. I am incensed that such men were/are denigrated as nothing more than "greedy white men".

  • kendrick1

    Our gullible and easily programmed public has been successfully indoctrinated in entitlements and is perpetually open to anything "free"! Obama is sowing the seed and laying the groundwork for sharing more wealth with the parasites, due to the proposition that ALL contributed to roads and other infrastructures which enabled successes for others and therefore, lead the "entitlees" to believe that ALL should share in any successes! Our businesses!

    This "entitlement" mentality was started in the 1960's and has permeated our society ever since. It contiues to grow, without abatement!

  • "gunner"

    let's go back a bit, there was once a black man who had an idea, "sleeper cars" for railroad passengers on long trips. working hard, with no help from "the government" he convinced railroad owners to try his plan and got sleeper cars built to be leased to railroads. in the proccess george pullman created a "black man's job". no goverment intervention, pullman company policy, and he brought black men out of the rural sharecropper economy, into the industrial north to find greater opportunity and better wages. all done by private enterprise, beginning with one man's dream. an almost forgotten bit of history, ignored by the fans of the welfare state.

    • Steeloak

      Only problem with your post is that George Pullman was white.

  • Richard Ahern

    Since when did government crreate wealth-Without tax dollars they can do nothing- This country was built on Free Market Capitalism and inveatment. People whom invent things, which creates jobs

    For example by law, our government cannot invest its money for profit and compete with free enterprise. The rule of law, not the rule of men. Our Constituion was built on natural law which is eternal

  • "gunner"

    about those "greedy white men" does the "progressive" left remember men like andrew carnegie, who built free public libraries, open to the public, with the stated goal of increasing and sharing knowledge for all, doing it with his own money earned as a steel maker.

  • 080

    Things are much simpler than convoluted explanations. Society itself consists of social co-operation under the division of labor. Of course we are all dependent upon each other. But we were paid for that co-operation. No-one got anything for free. Police, bakers, teachers, butchers etc. were all rewarded for their services. The president seems to suggest that they were entitled to something more than they received under their contractual obligations. If people are entitled to more that would be surplus value. This brings us back to the old labor theory of value. That revives the mistake that the classical economists made including Adam
    Smith. That theory was developed by Karl Marx. It was long ago refuted by economists and explained by the marginal theory. Not only that but the system of economic freedom, capitalism, is entirely dependent on those entrepreneurs who break; new pathways while others follow.

  • Ghostwriter

    I believe that statement's going to haunt President Obama for a long,long time. People are going to remember that when they go to the polls this November.

  • clarespark

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  • Sage on the Stage

    And Obamacare is a poison pill for a very important small business–Doctor-owned hospitals. The PPACA saddles doctor-owned hospitals with so many regulations, that it is now impossible for many of them to expand. If they can't expand, doctor-owned hospitals won't be able to take new patients. REPEAL IT–ALL OF IT.

  • Jude O'Connor

    There's a reason Obama uses the prompter, his past history with drugs is the answer. Past drug users find if difficult to stay on the subject and there are also moments of silence which they are not aware of while they are speaking to you. Once you are aware of this pattern it's easy to pick it out of casual conversations. It's sad that youth think that their once drug use is a thing of the past and not a factor of the present.