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Business Organizing

 

Non-partisan patriot organizations must engage small and medium sized business owners and convince them of the need to form a coalition with them to assure limited government, free markets, and individual liberties. Only with adherence to these Constitutional principles can small and medium businesses continue to prosper in our uniquely American capitalistic system. Immigrants from throughout the world have come to America to participate in this American exceptionalism based on unprecedented economic freedoms.

 

To date, small and medium businesses have relied on organizations, such as the Chamber of Commerce, the National Small Business Association, U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Business Roundtable, to represent and advocate their interests. Unfortunately, these organizations have either misjudged their deal-making or have been ineffective in their lobbying to stop the current assault on small and medium sized businesses. Their only recourse now is to align themselves with non-partisan citizen groups focused on leveraging their large base of informed and passionate volunteers to impact elections at the local level and holding politicians’ feet-to-the-fire in regards to adhering to the principles of limited government, free markets, and individual liberties.

 

It has become clear that what we are currently witnessing is an alliance of progressive big-government with big labor and big business. The policies which they all support, with its many taxes, rules, and regulations, will be mutually beneficial for them, while destructive to small and mid-sized businesses. Many congressional bills only provide guidance, while relying on the various federal agencies, with help from big business lobbyists, to create the detailed rules and regulations. Not only will these large businesses be able to influence these rules and regulations to favor themselves, they have the resources to deal with the many rules, regulations, and added complexities required by an ever intrusive government into the private sector, while small and mid-sized business do not have these resources. Once these regional local small and mid-sized businesses disappear, big businesses will fill the vacuum with their branch operations. A sampling of the ever increasing rules and regulations is as follows: (From the American Spectator July-August, 2010 Issue – “America’s Ruling Class – And the Perils of Revolution” by Angelo M. Codevilla)

·        The health care bill of 2010 takes more than 2,700 pages to codify bargains between the government and various parts of the health care industry, state governments, and large employers about who would receive what benefits (e.g., public employee unions and auto workers) and who would pass what indirect taxes onto the general public.

·        The financial regulation bill of 2010, far from setting univocal rules for the entire financial industry in few words, spends some 3,000 pages tilting the field exquisitely toward some and away from others.

·        Democrats used naked discretionary power (and money appropriated for another purpose) to give major stakes in the auto industry to labor unions that support it. Nowadays, the members of our ruling class admit that they do not read the laws. They don't have to. Because modern laws are primarily grants of discretion, all anybody has to know about them is whom they empower.

·        Similarly, by taxing the use of carbon fuels and subsidizing "alternative energy," our ruling class created arguably the world's biggest opportunity for making money out of things that few if any would buy absent its intervention. The ethanol industry and its ensuing diversions of wealth exist exclusively because of subsidies.

·        In 2009-10 the American Medical Association (AMA) strongly supported the new medical care law, which the administration touted as having the support of "the doctors" even though the vast majority of America's 975,000 physicians opposed it. Those who run the AMA, however, have a government contract as exclusive providers of the codes by which physicians and hospitals bill the government for their services. The millions of dollars that flow thereby to the AMA's officers keep them in line, while the impracticality of doing without the billing codes tamps down rebellion in the doctor ranks.

·        Similarly, modern labor unions are ever less bunches of workers banding together and ever more bundled under the aegis of an organization chosen jointly by employers and government. Prototypical is the Service Employees International Union, which grew spectacularly by persuading managers of government agencies as well as of publicly funded private entities that placing their employees in the SEIU would relieve them of responsibility. Not by being elected by workers' secret ballots did the SEIU conquer workplace after workplace, but rather by such deals, or by the union presenting what it claims are cards from workers approving of representation. The union gets 2 percent of the workers' pay, which it recycles as contributions to the Democratic Party, which it recycles in greater power over public employees. The union's leadership is part of the ruling class's beating heart.

·        In our time the interpenetration of government and business -- the network of subsidies, preferences, and regulations -- is so thick and deep, the people "at the table" receive and recycle into politics so much money, that independent businesspeople cannot hope to undo any given regulation or grant of privilege.

In contrast to large businesses affiliating themselves with progressives of both parties and especially with the ever increasing more powerful federal government, to survive small and mid-sized businesses must align themselves with non-partisan patriot organizations focused on assuring limited government, free markets, and individual liberties. These businesses must educate their employees and encourage them to also get involved with local patriot organizations. Small and mid-sized businesses can also assist local non-partisan patriot organizations with funding. This can be a very synergistic relationship, since these grassroots organizations don’t have much money and small to medium sized business owners don’t have much time. These donations should be viewed as excellent investments with good Return-On-Investments (ROR) if this synergistic coalition is able to prevent big-government envisioned tax increases and reverse many of the costly to administer rules and regulations.

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