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It has been said that a democracy can only exist until the people discover that they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury. That is not what is happening to the United States. Our system worked better than any system ever devised until Congress and various other politicians and bureaucrats abandoned the Constitution to increase their own power, at the expense of our control over our own lives.
Thirty years ago, most of the work and effort involved in running a business was directed toward satisfying customers, paying venders and making payroll. Today those are subordinate to satisfying thousands of bureaucrats in scores of government agencies with thousands and thousands of rules, regulations, fees, fines and taxes.
Most of them were created out of the lobbying process and many of them are designed to protect large companies from small companies who might make a less expensive or better performing product. The only way I am doing it is the experience of thirty years and a 1.5 million dollar cash flow. I couldn't start my business today.
According to the latest Census Bureau data, the creation rate of new businesses is 30 percent lower today than it was in the 1980's, and according to Bloomberg 80 percent of them fail within the first 18 months. The opportunity for individual Americans to improve their lives through their own industry has all but disappeared and the results are as close as the nightly news.
If the federal government weren't standing in the way of our ability to make a better life for our families by working for ourselves, some of the people in Ferguson and Baltimore would have taken control of their own lives, started a business, hired their neighbors and allowed many families to take control of their lives. People in control of their own lives don't burn down their neighborhood pharmacy.
Even the relationship between police departments and their communities has been corrupted by the federal government's lust for power and control. When a community's police department is paid for by the community, its people are discerning about how much it cost and what they get for their money. When the federal government takes money from the community in taxes and grants it to the police department from on high, what they are taking is the peoples control.
Small businesses employ most people, and most new jobs are created by new small businesses. Those jobs can't be replaced by big business. A hundred million Americans don't have jobs because when a big business needs labor they avoid our governments taxes, fees and regulations by hiring in Mexico or China. Our country isn't in decline, it's being dragged down a dollar at a time by our own government.
May 1, 2015
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