Obama Administration Says Small Businesses Don’t Complain About Obamacare – Let’s Refresh Their Memory

November 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm (Economy, Health Care Reform, Jobs, Karen Mills, Obamacare, Small Business)

It’s a headline that anybody paying close attention to the health care reform debate would have thought had likely been ripped from The Onion.

Instead, it could be found at the Weekly Standard:

Obama’s Small Business Chief Has Not Heard One Case of Obamacare Hurting Small Business

Alas, it is not a satire; it is true.

Indeed, Karen Mills, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), claims that throughout her travels across our great nation, she has never heard small businesses claim that they may have to slash employee hours, may lose their best employees, and may be run out of business altogether.

On a recent airing of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the following exchange occurred:

“You know, I travel all around the country, every week I go to a different part of the country. I’m with small businesses. And I’m not hearing that,” Mills said in response to a question about how she would explain employers cutting work hours for employees because of Obamacare regulations. 
“You’ve never heard that?” host Joe Scarborough responded. “You need to talk to your staff and tell them to get you out of the bubble, because we are hearing that all the time.”

Scarborough offered Mills two additional chances to clarify, but she would not answer him.

She had never heard this.

One can only infer that Mills has either achieved new levels of intellectual dishonesty – an incredible feat coming from a member of the Obama administration – or she truly cannot remember one such instance.
With that, we’d like to offer Mills and the entire administration a public service refresher course on the matter.

We begin with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), an organization that succinctly claims the health insurance mandate “will almost certainly be detrimental to employers and employees alike”.  The NFIB represents over 350,000 small business owners, none of whom Mills has apparently spoken with.
The Director of Federal Public Policy at NFIB explains that Obamacare is forcing business owners to make additional and unnecessary decisions in an already crippling economy.

“Employers will have difficult decisions to make regarding current and future employees as it pertains to PPACA,” Amanda Austin claims.

“With the new healthcare law requiring businesses with 50 or more full-time workers to offer coverage or be fined, employers must plan and rethink their workforce now more than ever.”

FreedomWorks compiled a small list of businesses that had already made those tough decisions in the event President Obama was re-elected – to the tune of thousands of layoffs.

But we also delved into several businesses that were slashing their employee’s hours in an effort to remain compliant with the plan’s requirements for full-time status – something Mills also claims she has never heard.

According to the New American, Obamacare “requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees — with ‘full time’ defined as working at least 30 hours per week — to offer ‘affordable’ health insurance to those employees.”

The result?  Businesses are trying to drop below the 50 full-time employee level by either eliminating jobs, or eliminating hours.  In other words, the whole of Obamacare is a tax-happy prescription for small business disaster.

Additionally, the burdens being presented by Obamacare have contributed to record levels of uncertainty amongst small businesses owners (as demonstrated by the Optimism Index) not seen since the darkest days of the Carter administration.

But again, Mills hasn’t heard any of that.

With members of the Obama administration clearly being tone deaf when it comes to the concerns surrounding Obamacare, readers need to find other outlets for voicing their opinions.

What can you do?  Joshua Withrow has been keeping tabs on the states that have refused to implement health care exchanges under Obamacare – possibly the last resort in stopping the job killing bill.  Taking action against the implementation of state-run health exchanges will strike a critical blow against the heart of Obamacare.

So, are you willing to stand up to Obamacare?  Will you Take Action?

In short, are you willing to make yourself heard, or will you allow administration officials like Karen Mills to continue ignoring your voice?

Cross-posted at FreedomWorks

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Obama Quickly Crushing the Hopes of Small Business

November 19, 2012 at 7:08 pm (Health Care, Jobs, Obamacare, Optimism, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Small Business)

The man who would usher in an era of ‘hope and change’ with his election in 2008, begins 2012 having practically eliminated any hope for small business owners.

The recent release of the Small Business Optimism Index bears this out, with uncertainty reaching new record highs, even following a first term already marked predominantly by economic and regulatory uncertainties.

From four years past and four years of a future filled with looming taxes, stifling regulations, and the uber-burdensome bill known as Obamacare, the President’s main platform seems to be one of crushing small businesses, and by extension, crushing the American dream.

To start, results from the latest Optimism Index indicate record levels of uncertainty that exceed even the darkest days of the Carter presidency.

A report from Fox Business indicates:

“Uncertainty about the direction of business conditions in six months reached 23% of respondents, easily surpassing a pre-recession record of 15% that was reported during the Jimmy Carter administration.”

Despite the administration’s constant drum-beating of the word ‘recovery’, the optimism index remains at rates more synonymous with another ‘R’ word – recession.

Several factors have created the pessimistic mindset running rampant amongst business owners; the looming fiscal cliff, the constant threat of higher costs, higher taxes, and of course, a downward trend in sales numbers.

“Weak sales remained the primary business concern for 22% of surveyed owners. The net percent, seasonally adjusted, of all small business owners reporting higher nominal sales over the past three months is negative 15%, two points worse than September.”

These factors have a major effect on business hiring which, despite what you will hear from the White House, remains markedly lower than before Barack Obama became President.  National employment currently stands at four million fewer workers in this country than were seen during the first quarter of 2008.

Further stagnating the business economy is an unwillingness of small business owners to invest in capital because of these many concerns.  One example of this comes from Bill Keith, president of Indiana-based SunRise Solar, who found more hope in investing in loans to other projects than putting further capital into his own business.

“I see the loans as a better investment than myself, which is sad,’ Keith said, adding that his level of optimism dropped after the election. ‘I planned on investing capital if Mitt Romney was going to win, but I stopped short of doing that because that’s no way to run a business.”

Amidst the myriad of concerns, the administration seems to take the opinions of small business owners with little or no regard.  In fact, if the President is indeed concerned how small business perceives his policies, he has a strange way of showing it.

For instance, Obama’s fiscal cliff plan for raising taxes on the ‘wealthy’ would directly impact small business owners, with higher taxes being paid by nearly 900,000 businesses making just over $250,000 annually.  Despite that fact, administration talks regarding the fiscal cliff have involved labor leaders, congressional leaders, CEO’s of major corporations … but nobody representing small business.

Further eroding the confidence of these business leaders is the economic horror show known as Obamacare.  With implementation of the President’s health care overhaul inching ever closer, small business owners are facing record health care costs, and having to cut employee hours in an attempt to avoid even further penalties.

The day after the election, FreedomWorks noted several businesses that were committing to layoffs almost immediately, citing Obamacare taxes as the main reason.

But we also delved into several businesses that were slashing their employee’s hours in an effort to remain compliant with the plan’s requirements for full-time status.  According to the New American, Obamacare “requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees — with ‘full time’ defined as working at least 30 hours per week — to offer ‘affordable’ health insurance to those employees.”

The result?  Businesses are trying to drop below the 50 full-time employee level by either eliminating jobs, or eliminating hours.  In other words, the whole of Obamacare is a tax-happy prescription for small business disaster.

While larger businesses may be able to absorb all of the negative economic impacts coming from this administration, many smaller ones will end up shutting their doors.  The President’s policies have wasted little time in strangling small business, and eliminating any glimmer of hope they may have once had prior to the election.

Cross-posted at FreedomWorks

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Gillibrand: Here’s an Idea, Let’s Raise Social Security Taxes on the Middle Class

October 25, 2012 at 10:29 am (Kirsten Gillibrand, Middle Class, New York, Small Business, Social Security, Taxes, Wendy Long)

The following is a press release from Wendy Long’s campaign:

It’s well known that Senator Gillibrand supports raising income taxes on individuals and small businesses, making over two hundred and fifty-thousand dollars, now she apparently wants to raise Social Security taxes on them too.

Gillibrand told the Poughkeepsie Journal Editorial Board that she would support raising or even eliminating the social security wage base (sswb) ensuring that middle income and small business owners especially those on Long Island, the Hudson Valley and the New York metro region will pay even higher taxes.

Gillibrand said, “One idea would be that we put in less off your first hundred thousand maybe 5 percent or 4 percent or less and then apply that to all income levels, or apply that to income levels above two hundred and fifty thousand.”

U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long said, “Another day, another proposed tax increase from Senator Gillibrand. Many hardworking New York families look forward to that day when their Social Security payment ends and they get to take home a few more bucks of pay but Senator Gillibrand wants to make sure that day never comes for middle class and small businesses.”

Currently the Social Security wage base is set at $110,100. Gillibrand proposes to simply eliminate that cap entirely or eliminate it for those with incomes over two hundred fifty thousand dollars. Either way the impact on already burdened self employed, small businesses and middle – income taxpayers will be devastating.

Long added, “Self employed New Yorkers and small business owners who are already struggling to compete with the highest tax burden in America will be especially hard hit by this proposal. ”

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Small Business Owners Fight Back With "I Built This" Video

July 22, 2012 at 9:00 am (2012 Election, Big Government, Bristol Palin, Business, Economy, Jobs, President Obama, Small Business, Socialism, Somebody Else Made That Happen, You Didn't Build That)

President Obama recently let us all peak into his economic world view recently when he proclaimed that, “if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that”.

He added, “Somebody else made that happen”.

The somebody was big government, for without government in your lives, nothing is possible.

Now, small business owners are having their say.

Bristol Palin made a request for small business owners to share their business photos in an attempt to explain to our President “how our economy works”.

From Bristol’s Blog on Patheos:

Small business owners all over America took offense at this incorrect view that government (instead of elbow grease, intelligence, and good-old-fashioned risk taking) is the bedrock of our economy.

Since the President doesn’t understand how our economy works, let’s take a moment to explain how small businesses are created…  More importantly, let’s show him the businesses we’ve made and who has made them. 

Gateway Pundit writes: 

President Obama’s attack on small business owners revealed a petulant and resentful socialist, who values the collective over the individual and sees the productive class as vampires feeding on the weak and the downtrodden. As Michael Walsh said, “It was a ‘Kinsley gaffe’ for Barack Obama when he inadvertently blurted out the truth.”

Now small business owners across America are standing up, speaking out and fighting back.

Here is their response to Barack Obama…

“I Built This” – the video.

The video is very well done.  Watch for yourself…

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Democrats Willing to Play Chicken With the American Economy

July 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm (Bush Tax Cuts, Democrats, Economy, Fiscal Cliff, Jobs, Obamacare, Obamatax, Patty Murray, Recession, Republicans, Small Business, Tax the Rich)

Democrats have laid down the gauntlet, claiming they are willing to drive the American economy off the “fiscal cliff” if Republicans don’t agree to their demands to raise taxes on individuals and businesses making over $250,000 annually.

The Washington Post reports:

Democrats are making increasingly explicit threats about their willingness to let nearly $600 billion worth of tax hikes and spending cuts take effect in January unless Republicans drop their opposition to higher taxes for the nation’s wealthiest households.

Emboldened by signs that GOP resistance to new taxes may be weakening, senior Democrats say they are prepared to weather a fiscal event that could plunge the nation back into recession if the new year arrives without an acceptable compromise.

In a speech Monday, Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), the Senate’s No. 4 Democrat and the leader of the caucus’s campaign arm, plans to make the clearest case yet for going over what some have called the “fiscal cliff.”

In other words, they are threatening to allow the economy to plunge into another recession if they can’t demand small businesses and job creators pay for their reckless entitlement spending during the Obama years.

Four straight years with a trillion dollar deficit, with Obama and the Democrats adding nearly $6 trillion to the national debt in the last three years, and now they are threatening to drive you over a cliff if they can’t collect more in taxes.

This from the PJ Tatler:

This is big, and it is outrageous: The fundamental difference between the two major parties is exposed for all to see. The Democrats want to punish job creators with higher taxes and are willing to hold middle class tax rates hostage to get what they want. The Democrats are lurching hard left on a pretty fundamental thing in an election year: the state of the economy. This is Jim Jones, drink-the-Koolaid stuff the Democrats are doing. They are threatening to hurt millions of Americans if the GOP doesn’t agree to raise taxes, taxes which may help bring the weak economy down if they are enacted. But if the GOP agrees to raise them it disappoints and dispirits its own base, and will share the blame for the consequences.

 Bear in mind, this threat comes on the heels of one of the biggest tax hikes in American history – the Obamacare Tax.

With businesses having to deal with the cost of the Obama Tax, and now having to worry about the Bush Tax cuts expiring, a double dip recession seems likely, while unemployment will most certainly remain stagnant or grow even higher.

Obama of course, was the man who said, “you don’t raise taxes on anyone during a recession”.

Now they’re going to demand taxes be raised and intentionally attempt to wreck the economy?

Politics.  Politics first, at the expense of sound fiscal policy.

Are you ready for the plunge?

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