"So based on this you're going to vote against Obama? He seems to be the responsible person here. Your anger is mis-directed."
Not sure what you mean. I will not vote for him for many reasons. My comment is referring to businesses are concerned about his overall strategy of growing governments role. Ever time the government gets involved you get: inefficient spending, more regulatory control, more paper work, etc. I'm not picking a specific change, just his overall objective.
"Whats funny to me is the Rs say they want to reduce taxes for "the job creators". If they said "super rich and big corporations" voters wouldn't go along. Whenever they say "job creators" know this is just a focus group tested phrase but they really mean "super rich and big corporations"
"Companies with fewer than 500 employees created 64% of net new US jobs from Sept 1992 through 2010, though they employee just 55% of the private sector workforce. (Source Bureau of labor statistics)." The Small Business Administration definition for small business is less than 500 employees (some exceptions based on certain industries). This group represents the largest share of job creation. This group is also the group most impacted by government regulation, tax increases, etc.
Personally, I have two business partners and we have approx. 65 employees spread across 20+ states. When federal and local governments get more involved the result is more cost for my company. The health care act is thousands of pages long (too long for politicians to read) and with many requirements. How do you think I learn what my compliance requirements are? It's called accounting, lawyer and insurance consultant fees. This is just for compliance. I also have seen an increase in my health insurance premium (28% this year alone-not all from HCA) for the changes (ie coverage of kids to 26, no max on plans, etc). I pay part of the increase, but most of the cost is just passed to the employee. (Just for the record when I started the company we paid full family coverage for every employee, but can't any longer). Want another example, how about state sales tax. Every state has special laws and staying up with compliance is a nightmare. Unlike a Government who pass the cost to the taxpayer, I can't pass my cost to the customer. So when an administration is looking to grow their role we get fearful. Obama points out big corps and super rich as who he is going after, but he is really just socking it to this group of job creators.
"That's not what Obama said. It's been twisted by political propogandists.
Obama said that small business success depends on partnership with government - roads, police, military, education,..."
Our success doesn't depend on a partnership with the government. Our success depends on providing a service or product that the customer is willing to buy at a profit to the company. BTW all the things you listed above are paid for by tax dollars we all pay. If his statement is true then why do we have 10million unemployed people? Shouldn't they leverage the same government investment and build their own company?
"The right wing has us thinking the government is bad so we should replace it with private companies - an opportunity for some big businesses to make a bunch of money."
80-90% (hard to get exact %) of all private business are small businesses. Most of the right wing is concerned about these businesses and not the big corps or super rich. Government involved has a much larger impact on us. The big corps have large accounting, legal, HR departments to handle these changes. We don't. And yes I think small private businesses like these are much better for the country than government involvement. Why would you want to grow government when you can grow private sector? Growing the govt cost taxpayers money and private sector pays taxes. Why is that so hard to figure out?
So many of you live in the political world and get caught up in all the hoopla (ie A big corp didn't pay taxes, super rich, lobbyist, 99%, etc). This from both parties. The real world is much different and my fear is voters don't understand the real world. Some are so focused on socking it to the super rich (ie Bush tax cuts, etc) that they are willing to take out the rest of use. Sure changes need to be made and I'm for removing special tax treatments for the super rich. Just don't take the rest of us out.