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This is fast and off the top of my head, but I listened to Rep. Boehner on the morning radio chatting about how small business couldn't hire new staff if it didn't get a tax break, and my head about popped off.

Taxes are the least of our problem, buddy.

If you want to make small business more than a necessary illusion perpetuated so as to pacify us that the American Dream really is more than a way to keep the peasants down...break up the oligarchies.

Let me be clear. When I talk about small business, I don't mean firms billing between $5-$25 million, or whatever the government now thinks of as small business. Firms of that size are beyond my reach, always have been. And beyond my aspirations. And I type this, quickly and angrily, as a serial small business entrepreneur, now involved in my fourth business (that's one a decade, give or take).

Out here in the real world, here's what's going on:

We're getting killed.

Brick and mortar has been hamstrung by the big box stores and their ability to buy things far below our cost. I realize that there economies of scale which need to be honored by manufacturers. I get all that. But when WalMart is selling a book cheaper than I can buy it (as a loss leader), and it makes economic sense for me to go to WalMart to stock OUR bookstore...something's rotten in Denmark, and it ain't the cheese.

Add to that the incursions of the internet, and the rise in minimum wage, and we've been put in a vice. Now...I think minimum wage should be where it is, and higher. The problem is, our margins don't change. We don't have a way to make up that money. But our competition is so big...they can absorb it.

But the real thing we need? We need people back to work. So they can spend money in our store. Taxes are taxes. They're the price we pay for living in a tolerably free society where people don't have to suffer too much simply for being poor or stupid or incapable of taking care of themselves. For basic human decency.

If people have jobs, they have money to spend, long as the job pays something like a living wage. No jobs, no small business. It's really simple.

Y'know who benefits from tax rate changes? The big guys, because a few pennies on a few hundred million dollars adds up real quick. That's who benefits from and wants the tax breaks.

The rest of us...just want a little fairness.

Not that we're going to get it.

Originally posted to Shocko from Seattle on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 07:09 AM PDT.

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  •  Boehner belongs on the cast of Jersey Shore (3+ / 0-)

    Republicans secret dream = the impeachment of Bo the Dog LOL

    by LaurenMonica on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 07:17:31 AM PDT

  •  Back to work (4+ / 0-)

    Absolutely, and it goes beyond people who are out of work and have nothing to spend. In this economy, employed people aren't spending so freely either, because everyone's afraid of being the next one laid off. This is a fairly prosperous little college town that's a bedroom community for Manhattan, and there are long-term empty storefronts and serially empty storefronts on Main Street where small businesses have failed to make it. I've never seen it this bad before. Periodically something gets pulled down entirely and replaced with a bank. Always a bank.

    Despite Boehner's impressive coloration and nasty temperament, we don't want him at the Jersey shore. Please ship him to some other reality show, preferably that one where they eat spiders and stuff.

    What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other? - George Eliot

    by belinda ridgewood on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 07:29:06 AM PDT

  •  Microbiz Here, Artisan. (9+ / 0-)

    The real tea party we should have is small business owners heaving Wal*Mart containers into the bay.

    Because that's the precise analogy to the 1st one. The East India Tea Company got tax breaks the colonial businesses didn't get, which made the imports cheaper.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 07:48:46 AM PDT

  •  Exactly (6+ / 0-)

    No employment means no sales.  No sales means no income.  No income means no taxes.  Guess that's the ultimate tax cut for small businesses that Republicans are offering.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 07:56:55 AM PDT

  •  I would venture a guess... (2+ / 0-)

    that most small businesses are taxed as flow-through entities like an LLC or S-Corp so a "corporate" tax break such as a reduction in the tax rate has no effect. With flow through entities, the profits and losses flow through to the individual owners' tax returns. Far better for these folks who if they are like me and make way less than $250K per year will still benefit under Obama's plan to only extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class. Were I to be making more than a quarter of a million a year, I'd be pretty damn happy to pay a little higher tax rate on the excess. But then I realize that my individual success is not entirely of my own making but is also enabled by living and working in a developed country with advanced infrastructure and institutions supported by the taxes we pay.

    Just another socialist fuckstick homosinner!

    by Ian S on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 08:10:55 AM PDT

  •  I agree with most of what you're saying (0+ / 0-) wife's small business is getting hammered with taxes equal to or greater that what she actually takes home. Property tax, use tax (Taxing the fact that she has display cases or chairs), state tax, unemployment tax (she can't collect on), Federal tax, and of course payroll tax.

    Cutting tax speaks to a lot of small biz folks, and i'm starting to see why...especially if they're sending more money away than they themselves bring home to their family and if they're living just above the poverty level.

    I don't think Boehner has a clue what it means to help out micro-business. Sadly, i think most politicians don't have a clue about that.

  •  Small business needs access to capital (1+ / 0-)
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    I am self financing my startup because I cannot get a small business loan. Why would a bank lend my high risk venture money at 9% interest when they can take that same money and gamble it on derivatives and make 30%? Most of these derivatives, CDOs and CDSs are a new thing. They were not around 12 years ago before Phil Gramm shoved through his Commodities Futures Modernization Act in late 2000. Add that to Gramm Leach Bliley Act of '98 and now banks get to use any money they can scrape up to use wherever they want. They don't need to make loans anymore.

    So, I have sold all of my stock. I am no longer a slave to Wall Street. Couldn't trust 'em anyway.

    "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."- Arthur Carlson

    by bobinson on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 08:39:41 AM PDT

    •  in aggregate, though, financing isn't the issue (1+ / 0-)
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      When the NFIB does surveys of small business owners, the feedback is that lack of customers is the problem. Only a tiny minority say financing is their main challenge.

      Ask your Member of Congress what they're doing to put Americans back to work.

      by washunate on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 09:00:22 AM PDT

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  •  yeah, customers, not tax breaks (2+ / 0-)

    It's so bizarre. Why do Democrats endorse trickle-down economics?

    Ask your Member of Congress what they're doing to put Americans back to work.

    by washunate on Wed Sep 08, 2010 at 08:51:45 AM PDT

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