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Obama And Congress Are Crushing Small Businesses

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Posted on August 18 2009 1:40 am
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“Small businesses in America…are dying — and the government has their blood on its hands,” Glenn Beck said Monday on his Fox News program which took the form of  a town hall-style meeting. He added:

The Obama administration and Congress is forcing socialized medicine down our throats. They’re forcing unions to take over your successful businesses and hijacking the contracts of workers under the interestingly worded employee “Free Choice Act.” They’re raising your capital gains taxes and, when that frightening cap-and-trade bill passes, energy prices are going to skyrocket so much that there is no way your small business is going to be able to afford to pay the utility bills.

Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com, said that the government is making it more difficult for businesses to survive. “When you raise the cost of anything, people do less of it…that’s not what we want as a country.”

Economist Stephen Moore, who is an editorial writer at the Wall Street Journal, said the stimulus package that became law in February is “like injecting yourself with morphine. It may feel “pretty good now,” but six months from now when you have to pay for it there will be a problem, he said.

Brett Parker, CFO of Bowlmor Lanes (which operates bowling alleys in four states), said the legislation known as “card check,” which would outlaw secret ballots by employees on unionization votes, is the single biggest threat to his company. If his company’s labor force were to be unionized, “it would be so enormously expensive and make it so difficult for us to run our business,” he said. Parker added:

Our government right now is proposing some of the most radical, fundamental changes in America that we’ve seen in a long, long time, and I think people need to be very careful when they’re looking at these programs and not think about change as a goal. And if we let this president and this Congress run wild they’re going to take drastic measures and change fundamental things about our society which I think they don’t even understand the consequences of.

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