Mike Vallerie, 2014

Although we do vote for the politician, Special Interest Advocates get to determine what goes into the bill being passed as law. Hence “a government for the people and by the people” has been undermined and the Income tax payer is left with the financial burden.

What do you call it when the cost of employer sponsored insurance programs are so costly (such as worker compensation) that the entire residential services industry is paid off the books or when our manufacturing jobs have been out-sourced to countries where the cost of labor excludes the cost of employee benefits.  These programs have failed!

    

Anyone can put together a list of national concerns. Most candidates will protest that we should balance the budget, fix health care, close the border and create jobs for the unemployed. 

 

However, I have not seen a candidate present a plan; an outline with a specific path to a real solution. We must require candidates to present exactly this: a simple comprehensible outline that we can understand, and if candidates cannot present a plan, then we need to find better candidates.

            Good solutions are based on a combination of common sense, sound business principles, and business experience. Because 50% of the American workforce is comprised of individuals who have not advanced their education beyond high school and because we have lost so many of our manufacturing jobs, it is paramount that we have some political representatives with business experience at this level. I do not suggest that we increase spending at this level. I suggest we look at this extremely large segment of our economy, understand what is wrong, and fix it. Small business is the cornerstone of the American economy. Our political candidates, regardless of the office for which they are running, do not understand that the needs of the average American are best served by focusing their efforts on creating a business environment where small business can flourish.

 

 

            Small businesses generally fall into two groups: professional and blue-collar.  Both groups contribute significantly to our economy and to the creation of jobs. However, blue-collar small business employers require special attention. 

 

Blue-collar small business employers play a unique role in our economy. These are the employers that are needed by those people who do not continue their education beyond high school. This group of employers continually invests (often with little or no return) a tremendous amount of money in on-the-job training efforts. Employees of blue-collar small business are the first to be laid off or out of work; they are the last to find re-employment and the first to utilize social insurances. The economic group that comprises blue-collar workers is significantly larger than the remainder of our workforce. For this reason, if blue-collar small business employers fail to thrive, our entire economy is severely affected. 

In the United States, we have approximately Six Million small businesses and about Forty Thousand large corporations; that ratio is 150 to 1.

 

Staggering, isn’t it?

According to the Small Business Administration, small business is responsible for 80% of this country's newly created positions, and represents 99.7% of all employer firms. If small businesses are hiring and competing for employees, then our blue-collar workers will be in high demand, and everyone who wants to work will be employed. This also means that everyone has a paycheck and is again spending, which in turn creates more jobs (at all levels) and more profits, the best scenario for all.

 

If small business fails, who will provide jobs for the 50% of our workforce that cannot or choose not to pursue post-high school education?

 

The FDR Approach- There has been discussion about new public works projects. The problem with public works projects is that they would be paid for from government revenue (or lack thereof), which means that the government increases its own debt, which they can't afford already.