Pete, I told you to look at it from the Worker/Consumer POV, to explain why I don't think your business will pick up until the very end of the Recovery, if the TEApublican Congress keeps putting most of the burden of the Business Taxes on the Small Business Owner. Did you skip over that part of my Post?<quoted text>
Sassy, again with all due respect, and this is the part of practicality that I continue to refer to, the government is not going to lower my unemployment tax, my social security tax, my corporate tax, my workman's comp insurance, my use tax, my excise taxes, my franchise taxes, my property taxes and they certainly are not going to lower the cost of the healthcare benefits I provide. This simply isn't going to happen. And the GOP would vote to do this in a second. It is the democrat side that would stop this dead in its tracks.
When you list figures like $10/hour and $20/hour, you are only seeing part of the equation. This is the wage part of labor costs. There are many other costs you do not see. These are what are going up. As long as these costs go up, wages will remain stagnant or go down. When an employer has no idea what these costs are going to be in the future, they simply don't hire as many employees. That is what we are seeing today.
Here is what I see right now. People around here actually have money to spend. We offer financing on purchases and this used to be around 40% of all purchases. It is now around 20%. People are now using cash to purchase and forgoing leveraging their assets to buy things, including housing. Apartment complexes are springing up all over the place. People don't want to leverage assets to purchase because of uncertainty in job security. There is no job security because employers have no idea what non-wage costs are going to be in the future. Financing purchases is what propels retail sales. That's about it in a nutshell.
I have had my own business for a little over 6 years and have worked for a couple of major corporations for about 25 years previous to that. While at these corporations, I had to make some pretty tough decisions regarding lay-offs. None of the lay-offs I was involved in had anything to do with outsourcing manufacturing to other countries. Most lay-offs were due to government intervention in our customers' business, telephone companies.
The Big and very Wealthy Businesses and Corporations aren't even paying any taxes for the most Part, and it's the TEApublicans that are the cause of that. Therefore, you are getting shafted by the very People, and Political Party, that you support so strongly! But, you're not alone, Individuals are experiencing the very same thing and they are also fighting to enable the Ones doing it to them, to keep right on doing it, but they just can't see it. Why? I do NOT know! To me, it's as plain as the nose of One's face! The only thing I can figure is that they are being extremely misinformed and won't read anything to inform, because I've posted many Links to Legitimate Articles from Legitimate News Sources , telling the People about it. If they would watch CSPAN, when the House and Senate is in session, they could see it LIVE, as it's happening on the Floor, for themselves, and see who is doing it. But, they just won't! It's even Rerun at night, so they could see it then, but they won't.
So, you can't make People see the truth if they don't want to, and that's obviously what's happening with TEApublican Citizens. They simply don't WANT to know the truth...and that is TOTAL Indoctrination!
But, let them believe anything they want to, they'll suffer forit along with everybody else...they will just blame the wrong People for it, and keep on making the same mistakes over and over, again.
It's just too bad that they are going to make the rest of us suffer, needlessly, right along with them, if there's enough of them to do it.