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  •  Bruce, you're on to a good point (4+ / 0-)

    We need to be able to speak to small business because the Dean Democrats really should be the strongest allies small businesses have.  Small business is "The little Engine That Could" in the economy.  Many of the needs of small businesses are parallel to the needs of workers.

    This has been a frequent mantra of mine in meet-ups.  Those who don't run small businesses have a hard time hearing it because unless you live in the small business world, you don't get it.  I'm the only member in my family with a straight gig. The rest are ALL small business people.  

    They are thrifty because they have to be. Their families are dependent on the business for their entire lives; no breaks.  

    They take care of their communities because they live there. For a small business, treating your community with disdain is tantamount to shooting yourself in the foot. For instance, they work on homeless issues because homeless people are in front of their stores and offices.

    They mentor young people because those young people are their workers, friends, and family.

    The list goes on and on.  

    Yes, it's easiest to take pot shots at 'business' because most people are workers and not business owners.  We need to educate ourselves about our real relationship to small business.

    I realize I haven't addressed large business who contribute to the community.  I'll let someone else address that issue since I've gone on long enough.

    •  Globalization, NAFTA, CAFTA, and CEO (7+ / 0-)

      compensation are the things that contrast nicely with what you ae saying. It is the way to powerful, don't give a crap about us, megacorp that we should attack, they deserve it. Our small business people deserve support. On the aspirational side, this is also what most peopole can aspire toward, not the CEO of Chevron spot.

      •  as does corporate corruption ... (0+ / 0-)

        Ken Lay may be moulderin' in the grave, but the grift goes marchin' on.

        • Attempt to allow big players to dominate internet bandwidth.
        • Foreign, energy and disaster-response policy dictated by top-dollar contributors thru K-Street.

        There are plenty of dots to connect that will depict a clear image for the voting public.

        If you want a symbolic gesture, don't burn the flag; wash it. -- Norman Thomas

        by wystler on Mon Aug 28, 2006 at 09:24:17 AM PDT

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