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Pro-Tip for politicians: businesses need business, not loans and intervention.

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Pardon this small business owner for a moment of intellectual rage against the talking point machine. There is a need to challenge the notion “small businesses need loans” more than anything.

It is true that small businesses need loans to start and expand business - however as you might notice - many places are holding on for dear life. I should know, I run a small independent new media business for the past eight years. The past two of which I took a part time job to help make ends meet because of the slow down in the economy.

What small businesses do need is an increase in business and the ability to expend our cash how we need to in order to purchase the equipment necessary to stay competitive, not a longer “life line” which could end up in our eventual bankruptcy.

Example: I needing to purchase Adobe CS 5 and upgrade my aging computer to a new 64 bit processor. The cost is not trivial if I build a machine that will last longer than two years and select the software package which best suits my company’s capabilities.

Forth coming tax increases, 1099 bruhaha and health care requirements all provide uncertainty regarding what margin is needed to purchase said equipment and stay in the black. As a result, no purchase is made.

The same can be said when businesses bid on projects at higher than dirt cheap prices.

So what ends up happening? One of three things: 1) Prices drop to get the job and pay the bills - this leads to inefficient levels of productivity with a still uncertain margin in which means purchases that are neded to expand and compete are put off to stay in the black 2) the client elects not to go with said project. Equipment is still not purchase. 3) Equipment is purchased on a gamble and the company goes into the red while prayers are offered up that enough bids are won and projects completed to eventually pay for the software.

Many government officials believe the third option looks fabulous - but in reality it is the death kneel of many businesses and our economy at large. It is also the reason why banks may not make loans to some small businesses. The same banks which took a strings attached government bail out over bad housing loans do not wished to be burned again.

With that said, if politicians honestly understood what businesses need to move forward they would focus on unleashing the power of individual and small business spending. This means removing uncertainty of Obamacare, cap and trade and numerous new government provisions which cripple our ability to make decisions for our selves and businesses competitive.

Unfortunately, many apparently desire the opposite. Otherwise the policies coming out of Washington would help increase disposable income of the individual, strengthen the Dollar (instead of weaken it) and encourage business development instead of acting as a competitve adversary at every turn.

So I offer this protip: Businesses need business - not loans and intervention.

Pelosi to protestors: “Can we drill your brains?”

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Remember back in 2006 when Democrats promised bipartisanship and a “return” to an ethical Congress. You know, the same promise in which she promised dissent and openness in Washington. Exactly. Didnt happen did it?

In fact under Pelosi’s watch Republicans are extremely limited in what they can do, or even say. One need to only look as far as a recent revolt in the House in which Nancy Pelosi ordered the lights, audio and cameras shut down in an effort to silence dissent.

Not to be outdone, the Speaker of the House elected to continue that same sense of bipartisanship by insulting protesters demanding to open domestic drilling. Her comment as reported in the Politico was to ask “Can we drill your brains?”

I would like to ask everyone a quick question which is highly relevent this week in light of this attitude toward those who do not agree with the Speaker’s assesment of domestic drilling. Whom else is repeating a mantra of “bipartisanship” with a record in Congress of the exact opposite.

If you guessed Barack Obama, you are correct.

Voters should be aware to avoid the narrative being spun by the media at large and look at what is being done in Congress and by whom. If they do, they will find a slightly different story which doesnt match their “American Prayer.”

Democrats ajourn for five week recess, do nothing on energy.

Friday, August 1st, 2008

One can only wonder how Congressional Democrats and presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama can claim to care about the average working person in America when they skip town without a vote on an increasing our ability to drill domestically.

Whats more, Senate Democrats refuse to allow deep sea exploration of oil, even if it reached ten dollars a gallon. This is not a joke!

This is why it is critical to point out how Democrats keep harping on “failed economic policies of the past” when in truth they are holding hostage a key element to what is creating our current economic down turn - high energy prices.

Republicans are currently on the floor of the House of Representatives demanding that Bush bring Congress back in session to deal with the issue. I believe it would be wise.

Democrats like Obama want to show bipartisanship and working for the good of America, here is a perfect example.

Of course one should note that nothing is being done throughout the entire year with the exception of action taken by President Bush, removing the executive order barring of shore drilling, which led to a drop in oil prices of three to five dollars a barrel at the time.

Roy Blunt’s office put together this nice graph to show what exactly Congress was doing while oil prices continued to spike.

Where are Democrats and Barack Obama? Still toeing the party line that we cannot drill out of the problem and subjecting Americans to higher energy price, though recent market history suggests otherwise.

Breaking: Pelosi and Democrat leadership proposing draconian censorship rules.

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

This is no joke.

Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat leaders of the House of Representatives are trying to censor freedom of speech by Congressman.

Congressman Culberson (R-Tx) reports “They want to require prior approval of all posts to any public social media/internet/www site by any member of Congress!!! ”

They, of course are Democrats in rules committee.

Apparently the House rules committee is proposing that any comminication done by members of Congress via the internet will need to be posted on an “approved” site.

This means places like twitter, you tube would be off limits unless prior approval is given.

Of course this should be no suprise coming from the same people who closed down committees, refused to allow Republicans to offer as much as an amendment to bills being passed, and tried to keep a bloated budget with earmarks secret.

Now ask your self what would it be like with a Democrat as President.