Friday, December 17, 2010

Guess the Location

From a blog post, the writer of which has visited numerous small businesses.

He asked each owner what they might do or change if they were "Governor for a day."


  • “Cut the taxes”
  • “The regulations are killing me”
  • “The unemployment extensions are murder”
  • “The health-care requirements make it too expensive to hire”
  • “The state is nickel-and-diming me to death.
Your task: figure out which Hell state he was in.

He even provides demographics!

They were from every place and of every race with accents from a heavy Spanish to an Irish brogue. They were Oriental, Italian, Greek, black, French, WASPS; immigrants and native born, Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, Muslims and atheists, straight and Gay, all trying to earn a living in the land of opportunity clashing with a state and federal government seemingly doing its best to retard their success. One man spoke for them all yesterday saying: “I just need government to get out of my way so I can run my business!

HT: Winning McCain


J. Strupp said...

And ask every single one of these same business owners what is the single biggest headwind facing your business in today's economy and they will some likely tell you "lack of sales".

The rest of that list will never change no matter what the government does. Taxes are always too high even though they're half what they were 30 years ago. Regulation is always a "problem". UI is always a "problem". The state is always nickle and diming businesses to death right up until they need to take deductions or, in the case of larger corporations, offshore or outright evade income taxes to various degrees.

It'll never change dadster.

Dad29 said...

I'll grant you that "lack of sales" is the Numero Uno problem.

That said, are Wisconsin taxes HALF of what they were 30 years ago? Puhllleeeezzzzeee....

UI is now 99 weeks. Think that will have an impact on UI insurance rates?

And regulation: are you telling me that State/Local/Fed licenses, regs, etc., are LESS now than 30 years ago?

We have Gummint run amok, Strupp.