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Creating Jobs

By David King Published: September 27, 2012

Both Democrats and Republicans agree that America needs more jobs. The disagreement comes over how to create them.

Thus far, the Obama administration's solution has been to borrow a trillion dollars on stimulus efforts, enact thousands and thousands of pages of new regulations on the business sector, and add new taxes and mandates on the business sector. Presidential challenger Mitt Romney's solution is to do exactly the opposite of what Obama has done. He wants to reduce regulations on business, reduce taxes on business and investment, and get rid of the Obama mandates.

Common sense tells me Romney's pro-business way would be vastly more effective in creating jobs than Obama's way. Obama's way builds up barriers for businesses to hurdle over, while Romney's way knocks those barriers down. I'd choose Romney's way every time if my goal was to create jobs.

If common sense doesn't apply and you still disagree with me, perhaps you should listen to the people who do create jobs, the business owners themselves. A nationwide survey of small business people and manufacturers has been done. Here are the findings:

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today announced the results of a nationwide survey of small businesses and manufacturers. The results cast a harsh light on the state of the U.S. economy six weeks before Election Day.

The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies (POS), surveyed 800 small business owners, manufacturers and decision-makers at small and medium-sized companies, with a majority (55 percent) saying the national economy is in a worse position compared to three years ago. Among the chief factors survey respondents cited were federal regulations, taxes, government spending and the cost of health insurance and energy.

Key survey findings include the following:

  • 67 percent say there is too much uncertainty in the market today to expand, grow or hire new workers.
  • 69 percent of small business owners and manufacturers say President Obama’s Executive Branch and regulatory policies have hurt American small businesses and manufacturers.
  • 55 percent say they would not start a business today given what they know now and in the current environment.
  • 54 percent say other countries like China and India are more supportive of their small businesses and manufacturers than the United States.

“Manufacturers have told policymakers in Washington time and again that uncertainty and a negative business environment is turning the American Dream into a nightmare,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “The findings of this survey show that manufacturers and other small businesses have a starkly negative outlook for their future—with good reason. There is far too much uncertainty, too many burdensome regulations and too few policymakers willing to put aside their egos and fulfill their responsibilities to the American people. To fix this problem, we need immediate action on pro-growth tax and regulatory policies that put manufacturers in the United States in a position to compete and succeed in an ever-more competitive global economy.”

NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner said, “The small businesses who are the engine of our economy are clamoring for their elected representatives to stand up and lead so they can focus on the business of getting America back on its feet. Yet, instead of smoothing the way, our government continues to erect more barriers to growth through burdensome regulations that increase costs for small businesses and all Americans. It’s time Washington started listening to America’s job creators and offered real solutions to help us back to prosperity.”

Bill McInturff of POS said, “The data in this survey offer a striking picture of how American businesses view the current state of the U.S. economy. It’s clear that small business owners and manufacturers are becoming increasingly more frustrated by the federal government’s inability to solve America’s economic problems. Manufacturers place most of the blame squarely on policies coming out of Washington.”

An overwhelming 69% of the business people surveyed think Obama's policies are harming business. So much for Obama's way.

Maybe the business people surveyed were all Republicans, and that explains the results. Can I get a big "Amen !" from my liberal readers on that one  ?

Sorry, liberals, but that was not the case. Here's the breakdown:

Of the 800 small businesses interviewed, 453 were small business owners and 347 were small manufacturer owners or lower level decision makers. The interviews were conducted from Aug. 13 to Sept. 4. Half were conducted by telephone and half were done on the Internet. Forty-six percent of the respondents identified as Republicans, 16 percent as independent and 36 percent as Democrat.

So much for Obama's way. The job creators themselves are telling us Obama's policies aren't working. Obama's policies are standing in the way of job creation. Common sense told me that right off the bat, but I know how some folks can get very confused when the D's and R's start flashing in front of their eyes.

This also explains why businesses donate more to Republicans, and why business owners are more likely to vote Republican. They know what will help their businesses thrive, and they also know what will hamper their businesses. At a time like this, with so many people out of work and struggling, shouldn't we listen to the people who create the jobs ? Common sense tells me we should, but Obama is telling us something else altogether, though I can't make much sense of it. My common sense keeps getting in the way.







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