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Forget Tax Incentives!

With Congress and the Administration wringing their hands over how big to make tax incentives for small business so they will hire more people; they are—as usual—totally missing the boat. Tax incentives to hire more people will do little to increase jobs. As one small-businessman said in an interview the other night, “Tax incentives are nice and I’ll take them, but they do not encourage me to hire more people. Why would I hire someone that I have no work for and then turn around and lay them off again?”

What is really needed is more work! When small business owners have more work for their workforce, don’t think for a minute that they won’t hire the people they need to do that work—whether there are any tax incentives or not. That’s why they are called “business” owners.

All this haranguing and carping in Washington simply proves even further just how far out of touch with the real world our politicians actually are. Until demand for small business products and services increases, small business owners will NOT hire more people. It’s as simple as that.

Pay Raises for Congress

Well, I guess it is appropriate for members of Congress to give themselves a pay raise this month—after all, it will only cost taxpayers a mere $2.5 million. After the billions (soon to be trillions?) Congress has been handing out, this is simply “pocket change.”

Of course, it might not set too well with the millions of American workers who are giving up their cost-of-living raises in an effort to save their jobs—if they still have them.

If you think this might not be a good time for your elected officials to take a pay raise, you might let them know how you feel.