You might say that this is a part two of the previous article because there is more to say about the decline of small businesses in America, and in the case of Door Peninsula – more empty buildings for sale or rent in small towns.
My step son recently found himself unemployed, again. The first time he worked for a major satellite TV corporation and after working up to the position of district manager because the former manager transferred, he lost his job because the former manager decided he wanted to return to his old job. That is putting it as simply as possible.
His employment dilemma was caused by the economy, because the small, family owned business that hired him as their manager to help operate their business more efficiently, couldn’t afford to pay him anymore. Things were looking good as to what he was hired for, but staying ahead of the government requirements, being an unpaid tax collector, and other reasons under the auspices of government authority and legislation, the company may have to close its doors. If it does, employees will not be called back for work.
When you hear Obama and company claim that the economy is getting better – don’t believe it.
Crunch the real numbers, see for yourself.
Over the past few years, business owners report that they have, at one time or another, taken less profit (78 percent), worked more hours than usual (70 percent), and used their own money to help the business survive (69 percent). 54 percent of respondents say they have gone without a paycheck in order to keep the business running. 23 percent of owners have gone without pay for one year or more.
More than one-third of owners (38 percent) said their employees worked overtime without pay. 18 percent of owners said employees either missed paychecks or had paychecks delayed.
There are 27+ million small businesses in the US. Between 60% to 80% of all new jobs created in the United States can be attributed to Small Business.
According to one of the charts, Singapore and New Zealand are the best places to start a business and keep it running. It may be the major reason why Americans have been relocating to New Zealand, as one story I read a couple of years ago about a fellow and his family moving to New Zealand from California to escape the overbearing bureaucracy of the American government.
Small businesses have been America’s trademark just as its big corporations, where more folks started up their own business, often right out of their homes or in their garages.
|People, politicians, like Barack Obama want government control of the economy, yet leaving it in the legal ownership of business founders and owners, chair boards, et cetera. In this way, when something goes wrong, the government will have a fall guy to point the fingers at. You know, like Obama’s complaint about Bush spending and pointing fingers at him in 2008. Unfortunately, the spending part of Bush and the Congress during his tenure, were spending like fat-cat porkers – but Obama and company have doubled that spending and continues to increase government control over the private sector, violating constitutional law, and solidifying the power of progressives over the lives and liberties of the American people as each year passes. ObamaCare is the biggest intrusion upon private sector and rights and liberties of the American people to date. And the blame for it passing cannot be solely blamed upon the “political left”. And Romney? He certainly promotes repealing ObamaCare, but wants to replace it with an alternate big government scheme.
Earlier this month, Romney named former Utah GOP Gov. Mike Leavitt his transition leader. Leavitt supports and has profited handsomely from Obamacare’s health care exchange mandate. Then there’s the Romneycare mandate in Massachusetts, conceived by Obamacare architect and MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, which includes the very same slacker mandate provision enshrined in the Democrats’ law. Who needs enemies when you’ve got Republican Surrenderists for Obamacare waiting in the wings?
…arbitrarily force insurance companies to cover the children of their customers until the children are 26 years old. Obviously, this creates favorable publicity for President Obama. But if this and other government edicts cause insurance premiums to rise, then that is something that can be blamed on the “greed” of the insurance companies. The same principle, or lack of principle, applies to many other privately owned businesses. It is a very successful political ploy that can be adapted to all sorts of situations. … Back in the 1920s, however, when fascism was a new political development, it was widely — and correctly — regarded as being on the political left. Jonah Goldberg’s great book “Liberal Fascism” cites overwhelming evidence of the fascists’ consistent pursuit of the goals of the left, and of the left’s embrace of the fascists as one of their own during the 1920s. … What socialism, fascism and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very wise people — like themselves — need to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat. The left’s vision is not only a vision of the world, but also a vision of themselves, as superior beings pursuing superior ends. In the United States, however, this vision conflicts with a Constitution that begins, “We the People…”
That is why the left has for more than a century been trying to get the Constitution’s limitations on government loosened or evaded by judges’ new interpretations, based on notions of “a living Constitution” that will take decisions out of the hands of “We the People,” and transfer those decisions to our betters. Only our own awareness of the huge stakes involved can save us from the rampaging presumptions of our betters, whether they are called socialists or fascists. So long as we buy their heady rhetoric, we are selling our birthright of freedom.
Whether it is being wielded by the political left or the political right – our government, those that operate it, that does not adhere to the principles of the Constitution of the United States and operate our nation as a republic, will be doomed to suffer the fate of the very political and ideological entities that the progressives wish to imitate.
In order to help businesses and the economy in America we need to trim back intrusive legislation, reform the tax code to at least a flat tax with no deductions and severely limit control and power of the IRS, reinstate private property rights, and do something about the Federal Reserve system. All of these things that our government now controls was warned about by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, the latter who wrote:
Government is instituted to protect property of every sort … This being the end of government, that is NOT a just government, … nor is property secure under it, where the property which a man has … is violated by arbitrary seizures of one class of citizens for the service of the rest.
The money you earn, not just real property, is being confiscated by our government on a constant basis via your paycheck and determined by the government that is supposed to be working for you.
It was by securing the right to own property and to keep it is what the rewards were for making a bold move to declare independence from the government of the King of England and establishing a new nation conceived in liberty and justice for ALL.
The right to own property and to keep the rewards of individual labor opened the floodgates of progress for the benefit of the entire human race. Millions have fled other countries to participate in the Miracle of America. [Our Ageless Constitution, W. David Stedman & LA Vaughan G. Lewis, ISBN: 0-937047-01-5]
Thomas Jeffersonwrote of economic freedom:
Agriculture, manufactures, commerce, and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.
The enviable condition of the people of the United States is often too much ascribed to the physical advantages of their soil & climate …. But a just estimate of the happiness of our country will never overlook what belongs to the fertile activity of a free people and the benign influence of a responsible government.
Free enterpriseis not two words specifically found in the Constitution of the United States, but were clearly stated by the framers in their explanation about the great document they had drafted and ratified to be the law of our land.
The framers, the founders of our nation, knew classical history as well as experiencing it through the tyranny of a monarch government who refused to listen to reason. They knew that the early Jamestown settlement established in the New World in a place called America, had failed because it was set up like a socialist/communist communal. The also knew the secrets of the success of colonial America, where American colonists did what they wished to do with the fruits of their labor. They saw that a free market economy went hand-in-hand with the ideology of liberty; and that concentration of power and coercion of tyrant leadership whose ego had determined that only they could plan other people’s lives and dictate intrusive mandates in order to do so.
Once the colonists had tasted the fruits of their labor and the freedom and liberties that citizens of the mother nation did not have – they wanted to keep it. The Americans were free to acquire and own property, have access to free markets, produce what they wanted, work for whoever they chose to work for and live wherever they could afford to, and acquire goods and services as they saw fit.
Those items listed is what made America grow and prosper and become a great nation that at one time had enough room to allow an unlimited number of immigrants who, with hard work, could also enjoy the fruits of their labor and live in the land of opportunity.
One of the things that has led the United States to where it is now, moving away from the greatness of what it once was and the land of the free, was that those that operated our government decided that the Constitution of the United States was a “living” document, flexible to be bent according to the culture and frame of mind at any point of time in history – now and future. Alexander Hamiltonwrote of this:
Until the people have, by some solemn and authoritative act, annulled or changed the established form, it is binding upon them collectively, as well as individually; and no presumption or even knowledge of their sentiments, can warrant their representatives [the executive, judiciary, or legislature]; in a departure from it prior to such an act.
In the first of a series of 85 essays in the Federalist Papers, he also wrote:
… it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection or choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force.
Amendments were created and the means to include new ones, rescind or change the old ones for a clear purpose: the framers of the Constitution of the United States knew that as time moved on and technology changed, it would need amendments – even to repair its inadequacies, like stating that all men are created equal and still continuing the practice of slavery. That all citizens were equal in the eyes of the law; yet women were not allowed to vote and too often couldn’t own property. Amendments fixed those wrongful practices.
The American government was created to be powered by the consent of the people in a formal compact that is the Constitution of the United States and that all elected and appointed officials of that government must abide by that compact; as they swear an oath to do upon taking up the tenure of their elected or appointed office. Even citizens who join the branches of our Armed Forces swear such an oath of allegiance – sworn to protect the Constitution of the United States.
But, we have a president and many previous members of the legislature called Congress that have transgressed upon those laws and sacred pact between the American people and those that operate our government in our name.
And while fingers can certainly be pointed at those that operate our government from the executive branch to the legislative branch to the judiciary – it is We the People who have initially and ultimately gave up rights and liberties for promises not kept and false claims of the welfare of the People. The American citizens have, during the course of a long period of time, been snookered and coerced in gladly giving up their freedom for various reasons or causes in the name of government’s concept of patriotism. Thus, we have sent our sons to wars that have been formally declared by the Constitution of the United States that has dragged on or have been lost because politicians stood in the way of successful military campaigning and strategies.
The framers had designed a constitutional structure for a government that was limited in central power, delegating powers to the state governments within the republic unified states that make up the United States. Distribution of powers within the central, federal government were distinct departments created into a system of checks and balances in the form of a legislature, an independent judiciary, and oversight of an executive office (administration) that had veto powers to ensure no legislation that was unconstitutional or transgressed the limitations of government would become law.
It was said 200 years ago and it applies today:
societies of men are capable of establishing good government, but most are not.
When the President of the United States issues executive powers in the form of mandates written as Executive Orders that are unconstitutional and overrides the authority of the legislative branch, the United States Congress – this should be stopped immediately.
When the judiciary legislates from the judicial bench of authority, surpassing the required procedures of the legislative authority of the US Congress – this should be stopped immediately.
But these and other transgressions have been initiated and continued for decades, indeed, for almost 100 years. It has been progressive, just as what they political left refers to itself since it has moved on beyond the realm of liberalism and are now promoting socialist and even fascist political infrastructure within what was once a constitutional republic. It is all in the name of progress, and they will justify themselves and their quest for power over the People and justify it in the name of the betterment of America and its citizens; allowing special interest minor entities to override the rights and liberties of others, the majority. They have infiltrated the core of our educational system because they know that our children are more susceptible to being coerced than their parents. It has produced teachers that tell their students that they cannot speak out negatively against the President of the United States because it is unlawfuland they can go to jail. When, in truth, it is unlawful for a teacher to tell a student such a law or use coercion to make students agree with their philosophies and ideologies. Those in charge of publishing the textbooks used in schools across America have used it for their own political purposes and agendas – deleting or altering truth and forbidding any open discussion against what the educational system in coercion with the government has determined to be the consensus of their “truth”.
Values are fundamental in the well being of any society, and those values are established by morals that have survived centuries and fallen civilizations that are now being undermined; which in turn will reverse the cause and effect of what made the United States what it once was.
Within the guidelines of the Constitution, a bill can be originated and passed by majority vote to raise revenue; but only for that purpose. A responsible legislature will first look at the government budget and determine if there is a way not to have to pass legislation that would raise an existing tax or create a new one. But it is done in government, often masked and not visible, almost every week of the congressional sessions of our Congress. The reason for raising revenue is to pay for the cost of government and that cost must always be maintained under limited conditions; and those bills that raise revenues is not for the convenience of the government, or a means to punish a certain sector of society, or use it for purposes of social engineering. But this practice has become the norm in our federal government and too often in state governments.
Politicians pay too much attention to special interest groups whose agenda is to take away or suppress other rights and liberties of other citizens. Thus, government becomes intrusive, an administrative tool for minor special interest groups and self-serving entities that use election donations as the key to getting special interest legislation passed. When money is accepted for such services, politicians who are supposed to conduct themselves as statesmen and stateswomen become political prostitutes – selling themselves to the highest bidder. And government has determined that prostitution is a social trade that is illegal.
There is no doubt that the Constitution of the United States was written to endure through the ages and only amended when deemed necessary for welfare and justice for ALL citizens. Those articles and amendments were written with the foundation of enduring principles and it is based upon the authority and sovereignty of We the People– not the political or government elite.
The only way all of this could have and continues to be altered is by the apathy of any nation’s citizens and/or the misconception that they do not have the right or power to reform or return the powers of government to its limitations set forth by the framers of the Constitution of the United States.
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.Edmund Burke
And it is not always “evil” persons who cause problems, but also those who blindly follow them, believing in their misrepresentations and flat out lies.
Citizens of my state of Wisconsin have followed, as a majority, the ideology and principles of established democratic socialists within and without this state. I believe that Governor Scott Walker’s triumph over the progressive democratic-socialists and its strong-arm labor entity called unions, is the spark that will lead to a revolution of demanded reform – returning back to when values, character, and constitutional law were important facets of American life – and also includes strengthening the family unit as an entity that develops those values and good character; thereby creating new generations of good citizens, active citizens, who are patriots of a constitutional republic, loyal to each other and not the machinations of political and organized entities whose agenda transgresses those liberties and freedoms that the framer/founders worked so hard to achieve and generations of Americans worked so hard and gave so much to retain.
Those that believe our constitution is “Living” document are using language and ideology that would subvert that very document and the weaken the foundation that made the United States a great nation.
Voting is a right that every man and woman in America should exercise – but it is a right and liberty that comes, with anything that means anything, a responsibility; and to vote responsibly and not allow others to coerce the due process of elections and override the choice of candidates is also not acceptable. The media and the political elite has used its power and its propaganda capabilities to do that very thing. It is why those of us who view voting as an important responsibility to be reasoned and surmised by logic, not emotion incited by the political elite, the media, and special interest groups.
In order to do this, citizens must ignore those TV/radio ads that do nothing but incite emotion and instill propaganda in the form of untruths or misinformation and look to the character (person’s biographical background), the issues the candidate presents and declares solutions to problems, and the history of the voting record if holding a political office previously. Logic and reasoning – NOT – emotion and erroneous propaganda is the foundation of responsible voting.
An American Revolution is returning, but this time it will not, and must not, be fought with bullets — but instead armed with the wisdom of our founders, the framers of our Constitution of the United States, and the fortitude and character of American citizens from all walks of life, ethnic origins, religion, or whatever.
It is a war against tyrants and prostitutes who sell out America, provide more power to self-serving institutions, their own personal reasons, and power of their prescribed political organizations.
It is a war we must not lose. It is a war that our children hope is not lost, and those children must acknowledge that they are tasked to protect those liberties and rights in order for it to continue generation after generation.
It is a war we must not lose.