Is Obama Planning To Screw Small Business?


Is Obama Planning To Screw Small Business?

By Laer Pearce
Cheat Seeking Missles
October 9, 2400

No, despite what you may think, the headline isn’t rhetorical.  There’s something a-stinkin’ in Obamaland that should get every small businessman wondering what The One has up his sleeve, should he find himself occupying the Oval Office.

Back in February, Obama came out swinging in support of small business when a report found that billions of dollars in federal contracts intended for small business ended up being directed to Fortune 500 companies.  At the time, his Web site posted this statement:

“I am proud to have the support of the American Small Business League and their grassroots efforts to help protect American small business. Helping American small business is part of our movement for change and the end of politics as usual. 98 percent of all American companies have fewer than 100 employees. Over half of all Americans work for a small business. Small businesses are the backbone of our nation’s economy and we must protect this great resource. It is time to end the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants.”

The American Small Business League has found that the Web site has been modified so the sentence in bold above has been deleted and replaced with:

"Helping American small business is part of our movement for change and the end of politics as usual."

Says the American Small Business League:

"On Tuesday of last week, CNN ran a story on the fact that neither of Senator Obama’s recent rescue plans for small businesses or the middle class made any mention of his February statement calling for the end of the diversion of federal small business contracts to “corporate giants.” There has been absolutely no response from the Obama campaign to the story."

"Since making his original statement in February, Senator Obama has refused to mention the issue publicly or include any mention of it in his criticism of the Bush Administration. To date, Senator Obama and his campaign have not released a statement on this issue in any capacity."

What’s up? A counter-intuitive truth is what’s up: Despite all the railing by Dems about evil corporate America, they love big corporations because big corporations don’t hold to fundamental American values. They like government intervention when it serves their purposes; they would just as soon give in to the latest liberal social cause than fight it; they’re supporters of markets that are slanted in their favor, not free markets; and they’re all for big-money contributions and junkets because they know they can out-spend the smaller competition.

It’s called corporatism. The domain is owned by some left-wing paranoids who define it as a right-wing corporate fascism - they’re all messed up because they cling to the leftist mantra that corporations are a bad thing, while more enlightened liberals realize that if big government controls big corporations, it’s not that far removed from Socialism.  Wikipedia does a much better job with the term:

"Political scientists may also use the term corporatism to describe a practice whereby a state, through the process of licensing and regulating officially-incorporated social, religious, economic, or popular organizations, effectively co-opts their leadership or circumscribes their ability to challenge state authority by establishing the state as the source of their legitimacy, as well as sometimes running them, either directly or indirectly through corporations."

Sounds exactly like what’s happened to the financial sector in the last month, doesn’t it?  And doesn’t it sound precisely like the kind of vision Obama would hold for all sectors of American business?  Pull out his health care proposals again, for starters.  Yikes.

(A hat-tip to somebody for helping me get my arms around corporatism.  It was a talk radio host this morning; I think the stand-in for Michael Medved.)

Small businesses, on the other hand, are cantankerous.  They are often exempted from rules and regulations that apply to larger businesses, and therefore it’s much harder to get the bit in their mouth and direct them where you want them to go.  They insist on growing whichever way they want to and aren’t interested in fitting neat formulas or following book-thick directives.

Obama has thrown small business bones, but they’re brittle and hollow.  We’re screwed if we make over $250,000 ($150,000 for singles) - and only a fool would expect him to keep that promise; it’s no better than his campaign financing promise.  And capital gains breaks for start-ups?  Give me a break.  Since when have start-ups had capital gains to write off?

If there are any small business owners out there who are still for Obama, consider all this and please think again.  He’s got you right where he wants you, and you’re not going to like the results.




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