Except your statements are already painfully biased.
Maybe the phrase "partisan politics" is incorrect. I was hoping to get people to go into detail, talking about the particular methods of fixing things, rather than blaming it all upon one political party or talking about how America is one big cult. It tends to derail the thread into pointless drivel unless people ignore it.
I've been trying to respond to people, but I'm probably better off with a "one reply per griefer" method and just ignoring them after that.
Do you honestly think anyone wants to 'punish' small businesses?
Oh yes, I believe that big business wants to stop small businesses from operating properly by any means possible. I'd be surprised if you don't believe that.
We can also easily go into the unintended consequences of laws, but I'm sure you're already familiar. You can accidentally punish someone without wanting to.
And while we are on the subject of businesses, do you know when businesses will start hiring people? Exactly when it is profitable for them to do so. A tax break is not going to adjust the profitability of hiring more workers.
I'll agree that businesses will only hire when it's profitable, but that's the whole point of businesses. They do whatever's profitable, and they need employees to help them do it.
If it's not profitable to start a business in the first place, then they won't. Therefore, they won't hire those people who would otherwise have gotten jobs, because they didn't want to invest the money into something which isn't profitable.
This starts to get a little bit off-topic, though, since we're discussing the growth of small business into medium and big business. I don't think anyone would discourage that if it can be done ethically, but it'd be much better to let the little guy start something else up than to have the only way of succession be to let the big guy start up yet another business.
Corporations do despicable things all the time and continue to operate. I think you greatly overestimate the market's ability to 'self correct'. I think you turn a blind eye to corporate malfeasance. And I think you are susceptible to media bias.
This is why we need small businesses. If people have the choice to work for a slimy corporation or to work for a better one, they'll choose the better one. It's only when there are no other choices that people end up at the slimy jobs where they're treated like dirt.
How is it that you seem to think that government is a huge, nefarious conspiracy but that corporations are completely incapable of the same sort of conspiracies?
Because our government is responsible for handling these matters. Big business is only taking advantage of what our government has made possible.
I see the government/business collusion as giving a monkey a loaded gun. Why blame the monkey? Of course big business is going to try to make as much money as possible.
Let's talk about the specific issues: why some practices are unfair, and what can be done to fix them. What problems does small business have, and are they necessary?
The best way to support small business and the small and independent business man is to patronize them. During the holidays there was a movement to encourage shoppers to make at least one purchase at a small business. I can't find the statistics but I recall reading that it was a success.
Take a look around at the small business in your neighborhood. Most of them provide goods and services that aren't easily available at the big box stores or are needed on a daily basis when going to a mall is inconvenient.
Patronizing the local merchants keeps them in the neighborhood, keeps the business district more viable and promotes a better culture for you community.
I do like this idea, but I'm not sure it's the best way. It feels more like treating a symptom to me. Are people really at the point where they no longer shop at small stores even when they're available?
Now, this may be the best way that you can think of; I don't mean to discourage you. I'm just hoping that there's more that can be done than giving preferential treatment to small businesses which already exist.
1. Access to practical amounts of credit with fair terms and even if your credit history is not ideal, for some poor people self-employment is likely the only option at some point yet can they get a small loan of $500 to get set up in some simple street vending business in my city. No.
No argument from me. If I understand correctly, this is how venture capital stuff is supposed to work, right?
I've been watching an ABC show Shark Tank, where the filthy rich hear about an idea and can invest their own money into it. I wonder if there's some way to implement this on a larger scale if it actually works.
We've already discussed why trying to get the government to do it wouldn't work very well. Anyone out there more knowledgeable that can chime in?
2. Regulations must be streamlined and minimal as does paperwork for example put all of the years taxes with minimal deductions and this includes social security and medicare taxes on one form, that someone can easily understand and fill out.
I still don't understand why we have so much paperwork in the digital age. My dad has to go through all kinds of crap like this for his business and he only has a few employees. Either we need to get rid of it, or we should have school programs which can teach how to do it so that people fresh out of class who want to start something up can get it going.
3. Good networking and infrastructure to operate.
Lets say you want to open a stand selling bottled water and soda, packaged snacks and that is it the paperwork to get there and the complicated taxes can be very high if you can do this at all, some cities like New York good luck.
Some really thoughtful and helpful stuff, Ruby. Thank you.