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What are “Conservative Values” in the 21st Century?

What are “Conservative Values” in the 21st Century?

I became a Republican in 1978.  At 18 I was attracted to the message of “out of the boardroom, out of the bedroom and out of my pockets.” Smaller government seemed to make perfect sense, why do we need so much government?  Simple succinct and relevant.  After all I was only 18 years old, naïve and certainly not worldly.  I had no experience in business, life or love.  That simple message seemed to resonate it made common sense to a selfish and self-centered teenager.  I was about to embark on the rest of my life, I didn’t want to pay my hard-earned dollars on taxes; I certainly didn’t believe that the US Government should be in my bedroom at 18, I understood that literally; and it made sense to an 18-year-old that too much government intrusion in business was bad…what did I know at 18.

I changed my affiliation to Independent (in California that is declined to state) because at 52 I saw the world through a different prism.  I had been a manager for 30 years; I had seen human suffering; I had experienced love and loss; I had lent my support to friends and family though tough times; I experienced economic downturns and a great recession; I witnessed the devastation of 30 years of “trickle-down” economics had on the American Middle Class.  I no longer was a believer in the “Conservative Values” of the 1970’s.

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However the “Conservative Values” of the 21st Century make no sense, are divisive, destructive, immoral, selfish, anti-women, racist, xenophobic, homophobic and un-American. Yes I said it, I know Progressives have been on the other end of that label and are uncomfortable using it.  But I am an Independent, so I dare say that the “Conservative Values” of the 21st Century are un-American bears repeating.  I can’t even relate to these values at all. Corrupted by money the GOP simply manipulates its membership with hate to continue passing legislation that helps only those at the top…the infamous 1%. The “Conservative Values” of the 21st Century as I see them:

  1. Take back the Country for White Americans
  2. Union Busting
  3. Outsourcing of American Jobs to increase profits to shareholder
  4. Keep American Wages low to improve the bottom-lines for shareholders
  5. Deny “Climate Change” to improve the bottom-line for oil company shareholders
  6. Fight “gun safety” regulation to improve the bottom-line for gun manufactures
  7. Make Christianity the official Religion of the United States
  8. Prayer in schools
  9. Privatized education
  10. Privatize prisons
  11. Privatize roads and bridges
  12. Privatize Social Security
  13. Leave 40 million Americans without health insurance or affordable access to healthcare
  14. Cut taxes for the 1% while raising taxes on the American Middle Class and the poor
  15. Cut food assistance to Americans that would go hungry but increase subsidies to corporate agriculture to improve the bottom-line to shareholders
  16. Cut the social safety, but keep corporate welfare to help Wall Street make more profits for shareholders
  17. Ban abortion
  18. Ban Contraception
  19. Ban gay marriage
  20. Suppress the votes of Women, Minorities and the Millennials
  21. Cut Medicare funding
  22. Cut Medicare Benefits
  23. Cut benefits to Veterans
  24. Do not compromise with the Democratically elected President
  25. Do not pass any new legislation regardless if it is good for Americans
  26. Continue the failed War on Drugs
  27. Spend more on wars and the military instead of on the American people
  28. Do not fund disaster relief of hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires or earthquakes
  29. Cut funding to the Nation Institutes of Health
  30. Pushing for a Christian belief in “creationism” over the accepted science of “evolution”
  31. Refuse to fund new infrastructure projects to put Americans back to work
  32. Fight any regulations on Wall Street to keep profits high for shareholders and stick the taxpayer with the bill to bail them out
  33. Fight “Consumer” protections to keep profits high for corporate America
  34. Disregard the wishes of the American voter to pander to a narrow GOP base
  35. Game the voting system to stay in power instead of coming up with new ideas
  36. Fight comprehensive immigration reform to keep America White
  37. Cut government programs to the poor and middle class in the guise of making government smaller, then give the savings to the 1% via tax cuts

Honestly I don’t know why “ANYONE” would be a Republican in the 21st Century except the 1%…time to grow up America, I did!

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2014 is Around the Corner…The American Middle Class Needs to Vote for Middle Class Interests!

Paul Ryan Spending Cuts Face Backlash From Moderate Republicans

By ANDREW TAYLOR 08/12/13 03:11 AM ET EDT

WASHINGTON — Midway between the 2012 and 2014 election campaigns, moderate Republican conservatives are beginning to foment a revolt of their own – a backlash to anti-spending tea party shrillness as budget cuts begin to significantly shrink defense and domestic programs.

Tea party forces may have dominated the House GOP’s approach to the budget so far, but pragmatists in the party have served notice they won’t stand idly by for indiscriminate spending cuts to politically popular community development grants, education programs and even Amtrak.

Voting in the spring for the tea party budget developed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who was Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate last year, was one thing. But as long as a Democrat occupies the White House, Ryan’s budget is little more than a nonbinding wish list – cutting Medicaid, Medicare and food stamps and slashing budgets for domestic agencies funded annually through appropriations bills.

Many tenured Republicans, particularly members of the House Appropriations Committee, have viewed Ryan’s sweeping cuts as unworkable all along. When more than $4 billion in entirely new cuts came to the House floor in the form of an actual bill for funding transportation and housing programs, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, confronted shaky support from less ardently conservative Republicans and decided to pull the $44 billion package on July 31.

That sparked a frustrated outburst from the committee chairman, Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky. He called for abandoning the Ryan budget and starting bipartisan negotiations that would provide appropriators with “a realistic spending level to fund the government in a responsible – and attainable – way.”

“Attainable” is code for something that can pass the Senate and get signed by President Barack Obama. That’s rarely a recipe for tea party fun.

It seems that the Presidential hopes of an Ayn Rand 1% utopia are being dashed for Paul Ryan.  As the Republican Party does that math, some of them have finally figured out that 1% of the votes is not a sustainable strategy?  Ryan Budget’s draconian cuts to programs that help keep the American Middle Class strong would spell doom as those in the Middle Class figure out that they are the ones being targeted and screwed by the GOP.

The self-serving 1% who continue to pour money into campaigns have not figured out that “Tivo” is their worst enemy.  Costly TV ads did not work in the Presidential Campaign of 2012 as technology allowed those tech savvy Americans to just cut out the ads.  The Primaries and Debates seem to have made a comeback and that is surely why Reince Priebus is trying to game the cable networks who will carry the Republican Primary Debates.

Paul Ryan’s budget aims to usher in an 18th Century America in a 21st Century world to undo the 20th Century gains that the Roosevelt Administration implemented to end the Great Depression.  Programs that worked to strengthen the American Middle Class.  As Pope Francis re-directs the Catholic Church to focus on social issues (world hunger, injustice, the poor, racism and tolerance) and lighten the Church’s tone on the divisive issue of homosexuality; Evangelicals push for immigration reform; the backlash of Reagan’s War on Drugs; the push back on Bush’s surveillance state; Women’s reaction nationwide on issues that affect their pay and health; acceptance of marriage equality; and the abject failure of free market and trickle down solutions to help bring prosperity to the middle class are only serving to brand Paul Ryan and his budget persona non grata.  The shiny youthful and creative image of Paul Ryan the young boy wonder is showing his age and beginning to tarnish.

If the Republican Party is to remain relevant, they need to start coming up with ideas that help a majority of Americans prosper instead of catering to those rich in wealth but poor in votes, 1% of the voting public to be exact.  The future of the Republican Party hangs in the balance, continued bleeding of support with women, minorities and Millennials is not sustainable for a national political party.  Even Senior citizens seem to be turning on the GOP. “Just 28 percent of voters 65 and older had a favorable view of the Republican Party in a national survey conducted last month by the Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg, versus 40 percent who had a positive view of the Democrats. That’s a reversal from a poll Greenberg conducted in early 2011, when 43 percent of seniors saw Republicans favorably and 37 percent saw Democrats that way.” according to an article in the National Journal.

The 1% is spending billions of dollars to keep White Middle Class men from voting their interest, cynically creating strategies to keep the Middle Class White Males angry at everyone else but the 1% that has systematically extracted their wealth through Wall Street graft; busted Unions that provide pensions, healthcare benefits and job security; the outsourcing of good paying American jobs to third world countries to line the pockets of the investor class at the expense of the American Middle Class. Cutting governments programs designed to help keep the Middle Class strong and viable like student loans, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans Benefits and the Social Safety net to cut taxes further for the very rich.

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The Republicans in Congress have waged war on the institutions that keep our Country strong and provide stability to the markets.  The short-term profit taking strategies of Wall Street create a continued stream of bubbles that burst, the system rigged so that the wealthy win even when the market crashes, as they support government guarantees for their reckless gambles at the expense of the middle class tax payers and their 401K retirement plans.

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It is time for the American Middle Class to fight back, enough is enough, “We the People” must unite regardless of race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious belief, age and focus on the economic interest of a “MAJORITY” of Americans.  Just remember Corporate American has lobbyist fighting for them in Washington, Wall Street fights for the Investors, CEO’s fight for the Executives and Marketing, the Board of Directors fight for the CEO’s….Stop and think who is fighting for me?

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Regardless of your race or ethnicity, when you sit down at the kitchen table to pay your bills, ponder these questions.  How does stopping gay people from getting married help me provide for my family?  How does English only legislation help me pay for braces for my teenager?  How does overturning Roe vs. Wade provide me with job security?  How does voting 40 times to repeal Obamacare help me get affordable health insurance for my wife with cancer?  How do tax cuts for the 1% help me pay my mortgage or rent?  How does prayer in school help my children get a good ACADEMIC education so that they have a better life then I did?  How does busting Unions provide me with a living wage? How does reducing funding for food assistance help me feed my family? How does shutting down the government help me send my kids to college?   Ask yourself these questions America don’t let Republican talking points lead you down the path of destruction…Throw the TEA PARTY into the metaphoric Boston Harbor!

“Lunch Pail” Republicans…GOP betrayal of the Middle Class White Guy!

How the GOP betrayed the “Lunch Pail” Republicans…

From the Lunch Pail Republican Website:

“All across America, many life-long Republicans are feeling completely disconnected from their Party and their candidates in Washington. They want their Party to return to the issues that define what it means to be a Republican. We hear you loud and clear. It’s time to take back our party.

 Are you a Lunch Pail Republican?

Do you believe in…?

  • A strong economy?
  • Less government?
  • Good paying jobs?
  • Less government intrusion in the private sector?
  • Employee-sponsored health care?
  • Labor-Management cooperation?

If you answered “yes” to 3 or more of the above questions, then you are a Lunch Pail Republican. It’s time to take back our party. We invite you to join us.

Who Are We?

We are Republicans who are focused on providing for ourselves and our families, protecting our rights and our property from intrusion, and keeping our country on a path toward recovery and prosperity. We’re not taking the Party in a new direction. We’re simply returning it to the traditional core Republican values that used to define who we are.

About the Lunch Pail Republicans

Statement of Principles

  • We the Lunchpail Republicans believe in building and maintaining an America with a strong economy, unrivaled liberty, and a government that unobtrusively empowers the middle class.
  • We believe that the Republican Party has abandoned its traditional principles by advancing an agenda that negatively impacts workers’ wages, benefits and quality of life.
  • We believe that the current anti-worker agenda ultimately harms the Republican Party by discouraging middle-class Republicans from voting for Republican candidates whose policies would harm them, or worse, from participating in the election process at all.
  • We believe that the interests of workers and businesses are reliant upon each other, and without one, the other cannot stand.
  • We believe that elected officials have an obligation to protect workers’ interests as well as corporate interests, and that a growing disparity between the two is harmful to America’s long-term viability.
  • We believe that America’s economy is strongest with the presence of a robust middle class.
  • We believe that enemies of the middle class exist on both the left and the right, and the middle class must mobilize to remove them from office.

We are the Republicans who are focused on providing for ourselves and our families, protecting our rights and our property from intrusion, and keeping our country on a path toward recovery and prosperity.

We are not being represented.

Too many “Republicans” are far more focused on pushing someone else’s agenda and playing politics to get re-elected than looking out for us, the working people who they are sent there to protect.

Our beliefs are simple.

We believe in freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, and most of all, in limited government. Our parents’ and grandparents’ Republican Party would never stand for the type of attacks that are being leveled against working people. We are pro-business and pro-labor because neither one can survive without the other; we will stand with candidates who stand with us.

Hands off our unions.

If we work under a union contract, chances are we are paid better than we would be without it. That means something to us. If a union helps us earn more money to support our families, paying our union a little bit is only fair. We aren’t freeloaders, and we don’t want the government forcing our union to represent freeloaders, because it will just weaken our ability to bring home those better wages.

If you think you have the right to tell any union, business, or independent organization that it has to work for nothing, stop calling yourself a Republican. Stay out of it. It’s none of your business.

We are looking for a few good working men and women.

Too many of our leaders have forgotten what is important to working people, so it is time for them to go.”

The Republican Party has moved so far to the “WACKO-EXTREME” even those that call themselves “Lunch Pail” Republicans can see that the GOP has left them behind.  The Republicans wrongfully believe that “EVERYONE” that supports them is either a Corporate Executive, Investor or an Entrepreneur.   1% is 1%…and 1% is not a majority.  There are working class Republicans that are increasingly feeling alienated by the Party of Lincoln.

Two years ago, 100,000 Wisconsin residents, working class Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike surrounded and occupied the state capitol. Police, Fire, Teachers and Wisconsin Citizens mobilized in one of the largest labor protests in modern American history. Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to strip public sector workers of collective bargaining rights lifted the veil of the anti-worker agendas of the new Republican leadership.

All across this Nation there are “Blue Collar Working Class” Republicans who are paid through tax dollars.  Police and Fire are part of those constituencies.  As the Republican Governors focus on breaking their Unions, Police and Fire need to wake up and see the direction the Party is going.  The family of a firefighter killed with 18 colleagues while battling a summer wildfire is waging a campaign urging the city of Prescott, Ariz., to provide his survivors with full health and pension benefits. Firemen all across this Country need to ask themselves what are Republican Governors, Representatives and Senators doing to protect the rights of their families.  Fire and Police put their lives on the line every day and all they ask in return is that their families are taken care of.  Blindly trusting that the GOP has your interest at heart because you are a White Male is misplaced.  You need to ask the question, what are you doing for me and my family?

Prescott, which employed Firefighter, Andrew Ashcraft and other members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, says Ashcraft and 12 others who died were seasonal employees, leaving their survivors ineligible for benefits that would go to a full-time employee.  State, Local and Federal Representatives need to be pushed to act on “BEHALF” of Police and Fire.  What are GOP Representatives in Arizona doing to make this situation right?  Andrew Ashcraft gave his life for Arizona, what is Arizona a Red State doing to take care of its heroic firefighters and men in blue? What are the Democrats doing in that State for that matter?

“I want to be able to just be mourning my husband, be supporting my children, be figuring out what our new normal is,” Juliann Ashcraft, Andrew’s widow and mother of their four children, said at a news conference Wednesday outside the Yavapai County courthouse in Prescott. “As shocked as I was that my husband went to work and never came home, I’m equally shocked in how the city has treated our family since then,” she said.

For those Republican Firefighters and Republican Police, these are the words of widow left behind, she represents your wife and your children.  Will your wife have to fight this battle all alone, will your children be left to fend for themselves?  Is breaking Police and Fire Unions in your family’s best interest?

White “Lunch Pail” Republicans take too much for granted.  As the GOP leadership points the fingers at women and minorities, the 1% of “YOUR” tribe betrays “YOUR” interest.

In Detroit an epic battle ensues as workers and pensioners filed suit against Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and state Treasurer Andy Dillon, seeking to prevent them from filing a possible municipal bankruptcy petition for Detroit because, they argue, such a move would violate Michigan’s constitutional protections of public pension benefits. This should be a warning to Police and Fire in every major City, your State Constitutions will not help you and the Republican Governors seem to fighting against the interest of Police and Fire and not for you.

What have the Republicans in the House of Representatives done to “STOP” the outsourcing of good paying American jobs?  Nothing!  Absolutely nothing, but Corporate America has shipped “OUR” jobs overseas, reaped gargantuan profits and then hoarded those profits offshore. A state of denial exists among Republican policymakers and outsourcing’s corporate champions about the adverse effects on the US.  As they outsource our jobs leaving us unemployed, the GOP politicians then call us lazy takers.  They expect us to take 2 or 3 low paying service jobs and refuse to pass legislation that would provide a living wage.

In what might be an underestimate, a University of California study concludes that 14 million white-collar jobs are vulnerable to being outsourced offshore. These are not only call-center operators, customer service and back-office jobs, but also information technology, accounting, architecture, advanced engineering design, news reporting, stock analysis, and medical and legal services. The authors of the study note that these are the jobs of the American Dream, the jobs of upward mobility that generate the bulk of the tax revenues that fund our education, health, infrastructure, and social security systems. Ask yourself, what are the “REPUBLICANS” doing to stop this bleeding to strengthen the American Middle Class? Again NOTHING!  These are “WHITE COLLAR” jobs, so those of you with College Degrees are not immune from your tribe betraying you either.  The 1% are loyal to the 1%, they hoard money, they do not trickle it down to you…that trickle you feel is not money…

“The Department of Labor reports that more than one in three workers who are displaced remains unemployed, and many of those who are lucky enough to find jobs take major pay cuts. Many former manufacturing workers who were displaced a decade ago because of manufacturing that went offshore took training courses and found jobs in the information technology sector. They are now facing the unenviable situation of having their second career disappear overseas.”

What has the GOP proposed to fix this Middle Class concern?  Again nothing!  The misplaced loyalty that White Males have given to the GOP is being betrayed as they laugh at you behind your back and defraud you with divisive issues, like gay marriage, prayer in school, English only, banning abortion, demonizing minorities, gun rights, LGBT rights and women’s rights.  How does any one of those issues improve or strengthen the American Middle Class…the 1% is laughing at you as they pick your pockets clean…there is no loyalty from the 1% to the “TRIBE” their “TRIBE” is the 1% and you are only there to provide the spoils not too share them.

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Demand that the GOP acts in “YOUR” interest or tell them to take a hike “Lunch Pail” Republicans!

It’s the American Middle Class STUPID!

It’s the American Middle Class Stupid!!!

In an audio recording posted Monday by the organization Right Wing Watch, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) seemed to express an openness to investigating President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. If the conspiracy theory proved true, he said, Republicans could undo all of the administration’s policies.


Meanwhile in the world of “adult” behavior, President Barack Obama touted the work his administration has done to stem the housing crisis. The President also called for more action to improve the housing sector, including increased federal spending and new policies on access to credit for first-time homeowners, during a speech Tuesday in Phoenix.

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The idea divide could not be wider and the choice could not be clearer. While Rep. Ted Yoho (Republican-Florida) diddles with himself and the far out base, the President and the Democrats continue to try and put forth “NEW” ideas to help strengthen the American Middle Class

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Lindsey Graham on Angry White men
The vitriol on the far right blinds them to the GOP’s incompetence; and the addiction to the far right base takes the GOP down the rabbit hole as surely as a heroin addict in a full blown dependency. The two are co-dependent and like the family of an addict the Blue Collar “Lunch Pale” Republicans are doomed to suffer in silent misery.


For the past 5 years I have posed this question on Yahoo News, Twitter, MSNBC, Newsvine and various other comment outlets, “Name one bill the Republicans have proposed in the last 10 years that would specifically help strengthen the American Middle Class?”. Believe it or not with all the big mouth right wing trolls online, not one could give me an answer. Crickets!!!!

The GOP took over the House of Representatives in 2010 with promises to bring back jobs to the American Middle Class, as a matter of fact it is the first action item in the Republican Platform.
In an interview with CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, Speaker Boehner said the Republican Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs is “our number one focus” in the House of Representatives. “We’re trying to stay focused on those things that would improve our economy – help the American people’s wages increase and have more jobs available,” said Boehner.

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What we got was abortion bills, homophobic bills, voter suppression, tax cuts for the 2%, proposals to cut corporate taxes, corporate subsidies, repealing Obamacare 40 times, defunding the defunct ACORN, cutting food assistance, the sequester, birther bills, naming post offices and complete incompetence and lack of civility. The Republican Party either is out of touch or they simply don’t care about the American Middle Class. Void of ideas they cling to power with desperate claws grasping for any paltry interest from the American public. When that futile attempt at trickery fails, they move on to another hollow and trivial attempt to defraud “We the People”


If the American Middle Class does not throw these bums out, they deserve to suffer the consequences of their inaction. 2014 is a little over a year away, progressives need to be prepared as if this were a Presidential election. We vote for the President of the United States, get him into office and then move on to other distractions and then complain that the President is not doing his job. That is bull shit!! Society is moving faster, technology is making life easier and more complex at the same time. Progressives no longer have the luxury of taking the off years off. The damage the GOP has done in the last 3 years to the American Middle Class, is because “We the People” failed to vote our interests in 2010. The election has consequences.
As the Republican Party plans their government shutdown, threatening to bring down the United States economy to defund a program that helps “YOU” and your family. Think about this. What has the Republican Party done in the last 30 years that has been good for the American Middle Class? What bill have the Republicans proposed that were drafted “SPECIFICALLY” to strengthen the Middle Class? This is no trick question the answer is a dismal and unambiguous NOTHING! The GOP is good for NOTHING, USELESS and INCOMPETENT…unable and unwilling to govern…so fire them!


BLANKNESS and DESOLATION now drive the GOP. Their desperation is evident in their continued efforts to suppress the vote. Without new ideas all they can do is game our system or try to destroy our democracy. Like a wounded animal they lash out and have become dangerous, unpredictable and irrational. Like a mate that has lost all hope they cling desperately and pathetically like a piece of gum left in the sun too long. The pong of desperation is all over them, the reek of failures is all over the Republicans in the House…The Nation looks on in amazement at the once proud Party of Lincoln implodes in on itself…who would associate themselves with desperate?

The Republican Platform-SIZE DOES MATTER! The GOP VIAGRA?

The Republican Platform and the American Middle Class-Part 2 (Small Business and Entrepreneurship)

Size Does Matter

This is the second installment of my dissection of the 2012 Republican Platform.  I am going to review each section to see how the American Middle Class fairs in the Republican agenda.  Section 2 in the GOP Platform is Small Business and Entrepreneurship, catnip to the Republican Party.  For as long as I can remember the Republicans have been advocating for small businesses and entrepreneurs. It is like their Viagra or Cialis, an aphrodisiac for right wing passions.  But in the fight for small business, does SIZE matter?  It always does America!

What is a small business? The GOP would like us to conjure up Victorian Main Street, the grocer, baker and candlestick maker.  The “backbone” of America, apple pie, kittens, puppies and the American flag.  Let me tell you America small business is “big business”.

Employment size of Enterprise Number of Firms Number Employee’s
All Firms

27,281,452

120,903,551

Non-Employer Firms

21,351,320

n/a

Employer Firms

5,930,132

120,903,551

1-4 Employees

3,617,764

6,086,291

5-9 Employees

1,044,065

6,878,051

10-19 Employees

633,141

8,497,391

20-99 Employees

526,307

20,684,691

100-499 Employees

90,386

17,547,567

500+ Employees

18,469

61,209,560

    Census Bureau   2008

About three quarters of all U.S. business firms have no payroll 21,351,320. Most are self-employed persons operating unincorporated businesses, and may or may not be the owner’s principal source of income. Because non-employers account for only about 3.4 percent of business receipts $962,791,527.00, they are not included in most business statistics, and for example, most reports from the Economic Census.

Clearly when the GOP is advocating for small business and entrepreneurs at the expense of the rest of us, it can’t be for 3.4 percent of business receipts I am guessing?  That doesn’t even amount to one billion dollars.  Interesting…Let us drill down a little farther.

In 2007 receipts for companies with payrolls was $29,746,741,904.

*Receipts (net of taxes) are defined as the revenue for goods produced, distributed, or services provided, including revenue earned from premiums, commissions and fees, rents, interest, dividends, and royalties. Receipts excludes all revenue collected for local, state, and federal taxes. Receipts are acquired from the Economic Census data for establishments in industries that are in-scope to the Economic Census; receipts are acquired from IRS tax data for single-establishment businesses in industries that are out-of-scope to the Economic Census; payroll-to-receipts ratios are used to estimate receipts for multi-establishment businesses in industries that are out-of-scope to the Economic Census.

Ah now we are getting somewhere…shall we drill down? Let’s.  BIG BIGGER BIGGEST…OMG it’s so BIG!

The Republican Platform 2012-Small Business & Entrepreneurship

“[1.] Small Business and Entrepreneurship America’s small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy, employing tens of millions of workers. Small businesses create the vast majority of jobs, patents, and U.S. exporters.  Under the current Administration, we have the lowest rate of business startups in thirty years. [2.] Small businesses are the leaders in the world’s advances in technology and innovation, and we pledge to strengthen that role and foster small business entrepreneurship. [3.] While small businesses have significantly contributed to the nation’s economic growth, our government has failed to meet its small business goals year after year and failed to overcome burdensome regulatory, contracting, and capital barriers. This impedes their growth. [4.] We will reform the tax code to allow businesses to generate enough capital to grow and create jobs for our families, friends and neighbors all across America. [5.] We will encourage investments in small businesses. We will create an environment where adequate financing and credit are available to spur manufacturing and expansion. We will serve as aggressive advocates for small businesses.”

[1.] Small Business and Entrepreneurship America’s small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy, employing tens of millions of workers. Small businesses create the vast majority of jobs, patents, and U.S. exporters.  Statistics show that companies with 1-499 employees, employ 59,693,991 people; 500+ employee 61,209,560; and Federal, State, Local and the Military together employ 19,900,880 people (Government doesn’t produce jobs, remember that one?).  The US Government considers any company under 500 a small business.

Fact Check: Is Donald Trump a small business?

By the CNN Wire Staff   Updated 12:32 PM EDT, Fri October 5, 2012

(CNN) — President Barack Obama invoked Donald Trump’s name during Wednesday’s presidential debate, claiming that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney would consider the mogul’s empire a small business.

“Under Governor Romney’s definition, there are a whole bunch of millionaires and billionaires who are small businesses,” President Obama said. “Donald Trump is a small business. Now, I know Donald Trump doesn’t like to think of himself as small anything — but that’s how you define small businesses if you’re getting business income.”

The facts:

While there is no universally accepted definition of a small business, the federal government defines it as any business that employs fewer than 500 people.

The Trump Organization employs 22,000 people. But Trump also runs a number of other companies that employ fewer than 500, meaning that — under the federal government’s definition — he qualifies as a small business. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, which uses the 500-worker maximum in its definition, such firms employ half of all private-sector workers and pay 44% of the total U.S. private payroll. In 2009, there were 27.5 million businesses in the nation, 99.7% of which were small firms.

IRS data on the highest-income people in the country underscores that small business does not necessarily mean small profits. Of the top 400 people — who got $19.8 billion in S corporation and partnership net income in 2009 — 237 count as small businesses.

An analysis by the Urban Institute-Brookings Tax Policy Center finds that extending tax cuts for people who make more than $250,000 per year ($200,000 for single filers) would disproportionately help the richest taxpayers: 82% of the cut would go to people with more than $1 million in adjusted gross income, who would get an average tax cut of $164,000 apiece.

Romney’s plan does not single out small businesses for special treatment. His plan attempts to lower taxes on all businesses — big or small.

Conclusion: While Romney’s plan does not define who is or is not a small business, some of Donald Trump’s companies would qualify as a small business because they have fewer than 500 employees.

CNNMoney’s Small Business Reporter Jose Pagliery and CNN’s Diane Laposta contributed to this report

[2.] Small businesses are the leaders in the world’s advances in technology and innovation, and we pledge to strengthen that role and foster small business entrepreneurship.

The Marketplace Fairness Act will bankrupt small businesses Drex Davis Co-Founder, eMainStreet Alliance

Last month, the Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), which would force online business to collect and remit sales taxes to remote states. The bill is now under the purview of the House Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (REPUBLICAN-VA).

The eMainStreet Alliance, which I co-founded, is a grassroots group of more than 300 online retailers who have come together to help lawmakers understand the destructiveness of the MFA. Our members have been compiling the cost of implementation for their organizations. In a recent letter to the House Judiciary Committee, we highlighted that these costs range from $20,000 to $300,000 in the first year alone, costs that exceed the annual profits of many of our companies.

Proponents of the MFA, such as Gary Shapiro, the head of the Consumer Electronics Association, say that deciphering, collecting and remitting taxes to more than 9,600 jurisdictions will be “relatively simple” because “technology and innovation will make [it so].” That’s not true. Compliance will be anything but simple.

For example, in Wisconsin, U.S. flags and Wisconsin state flags are sold tax-free, while other flags are subject to sales tax. However, the rules are different when a flag is bundled with a flagpole. There are thousands of examples like this; each jurisdiction has its own idiosyncratic tax laws. A printout of the rates and exemptions for all jurisdictions is 811 pages long — four inches tall when stacked.

If the House passes the MFA, audits will commence. These audits will come from states where we have no physical presence, no political representation and no right to vote. The number of states capable of auditing our businesses will increase from one to as many as 46 (the number of states with sales taxes). Online retailers will then be vulnerable to the sort of tax-agency targeting that has shocked Americans in recent weeks — from 46 different state tax-collection agencies. That’s terrifying.

Penalties for sales tax noncompliance tend to be onerous, and most states can hold a company’s “responsible person(s)” personally liable for any unpaid sales tax liabilities. A state can confiscate our personal possessions in order to collect unpaid sales tax owed by our companies. Unlike Wal-Mart, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Home Depot and other big retailers, we do not have armies of accountants and tax attorneys to deal with costly and time-consuming audits from every state. Yet, one innocent mistake could put us out of business and personally bankrupt us.

Proponents of the MFA are blind to this reality. Bill Hughes, a lobbyist for the Retail Industry Leaders Association representing Wal-Mart, Abercrombie & Fitch and others, said, “If you’re over $1 million in sales, you’re big business. We aren’t crushing any mom-and-pop stores with this legislation.” The Small Business Association says that businesses of $30 million or less in annual sales are small businesses. Most members of the eMainStreet Alliance don’t come close to exceeding this threshold and are mom and pops, too. Crushing our businesses is exactly what this legislation does.

Consider that the largest and most powerful online retailers in the world, Amazon.com, currently has a 1% profit margin. A business with annual sales of $1 million with Amazon’s margins makes $10,000 in profit. Factor in the cost of compliance with the MFA starting at about $20,000 and you can see how the MFA threatens online mom and pops.

Proponents of the law say that without the MFA, Internet companies will put brick-and-mortar retailers out of business. Don’t be misled. The truth is that online sales are already dominated by brick-and-mortar businesses. According to James S. Gilmore III, the former chairman of the Congressional Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce, 83% of all online sales are by big-box retailers, and their share of online sales is growing.

Big-box retailers see the MFA as a way to put online mom and pops out of business, just as they’ve put your local mom and pops out of business.

Congress
should stand with small business — the backbone of economic growth — and oppose the MFA.

Drex Davis is a co-owner of Scrapbook.com and co-founder of the eMainStreet Alliance, a grassroots organization consisting of more than 300 small online retailers. Connect with him at eMainStreet.org.

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[3.] While small businesses have significantly contributed to the nation’s economic growth, our government has failed to meet its small business goals year after year and failed to overcome burdensome regulatory, contracting, and capital barriers. This impedes their growth.

Regulations, taxes aren’t killing small business, owners say

Rip Daniels, a businessman in Gulfport, Mississippi, says government regulation is not hurting his radio and real estate business, rising insurance costs are. It’s a topic overlooked by politicians who claim taxes and regulation are choking job creation. | MBR/Biloxi Sun Herald/MCT

Kevin G. Hall | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — Politicians and business groups often blame excessive regulation and fear of higher taxes for tepid hiring in the economy. However, little evidence of that emerged when McClatchy canvassed a random sample of small business owners across the nation.

“Government regulations are not ‘choking’ our business, the hospitality business,” Bernard Wolfson, the president of Hospitality Operations in Miami, told The Miami Herald. “In order to do business in today’s environment, government regulations are necessary and we must deal with them. The health and safety of our guests depend on regulations. It is the government regulations that help keep things in order.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is among the most vocal critics of the Obama administration, blaming excessive regulation and the administration’s overhaul of health care laws for creating an environment of uncertainty that’s hampering job creation.

When it’s asked what specific regulations harm small businesses _which account for about 65 percent of U.S. jobs — the Chamber of Commerce points to health care, banking and national labor. Yet all these issues weigh much more heavily on big corporations than on small business.

“When you look at regulations in many respects, what a lot of people don’t take into account is their secondary impacts,” said Giovanni Coratolo, the vice president of small business policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “They pay the price, regardless of whether they are primarily the recipient of the regulation or they are secondarily getting the impact of it. They pay the price in higher costs, whether it is fuel or health care or whether it’s being able to find access to capital.”

McClatchy reached out to owners of small businesses, many of them mom-and-pop operations, to find out whether they indeed were being choked by regulation, whether uncertainty over taxes affected their hiring plans and whether the health care overhaul was helping or hurting their business.

Their response was surprising.

None of the business owners complained about regulation in their particular industries, and most seemed to welcome it. Some pointed to the lack of regulation in mortgage lending as a principal cause of the financial crisis that brought about the Great Recession of 2007-09 and its grim aftermath.

Wolfson’s firm is readying to open a Hampton Inn this year in Miami on land purchased from a condo developer during the housing downturn. His business could be in line for higher taxes if President Barack Obama allows the current, lower rates on the richest Americans to expire in 2012 and return to previous levels.

That didn’t seem to bother Wolfson, who through his partnership declares profit and loss as a pass-through on his personal income taxes, as many small businesses do.

“Higher taxes are not good for business, but some of the loopholes and deductions should be looked at,” he said.

The answer from Rick Douglas — the owner of Minit Maids, a cleaning service with 17 employees in Charlotte, N.C. — was more blunt.

“I think the rich have to be taxed, sorry,” Douglas said. He added that he isn’t facing a sea of new regulations but that he does struggle with an old issue, workers’ compensation claims.

Douglas told The Charlotte Observer that he’s hired more workers this year, citing pent-up demand from customers.

“My theory is that the people that do have jobs are working harder and they have less time to clean. People were holding back for such a long time, and then they started spending a little more,” he said.

Then there’s Rip Daniels. He owns four businesses in Gulfport, Miss.: real estate ventures, a radio station and a boutique hotel/bistro. He said his problem wasn’t regulation.

“Absolutely, positively not. What is choking my business is insurance. What’s choking all business is insurance. You cannot go into business, any business — small business or large business — unless you can afford insurance,” he told Biloxi’s Sun Herald.

Since 2008, Daniels has opened one business and expanded another, hiring as many as 15 people thanks to lower labor costs and an abundance of overqualified job candidates. He credits the federal stimulus effort with helping to keep some smaller firms afloat.

“It allowed those folks to spend and have money and pay for the essentials,” said Daniels, whose business pays corporate taxes. He grudgingly supports closing some business tax deductions to reduce the federal budget deficit.

“Who wants to pay more? I certainly don’t. I want to pay my fair share, and I do,” Daniels said, adding that he wouldn’t resist loophole closures to cut deficits.

For Zajic Appliance in south Sacramento, California’s capital city, business also has picked up. The company hired two workers this year, bringing the total to 18, said Christopher Zajic, who manages the family business.

One odd reason for his improving business: sales of bank-owned properties in a city that’s among those hardest hit by the housing crash. When these houses sell, he said, their new owners generally replace appliances.

California used some of its federal stimulus money to pay for a “Cash for Appliances” program last year, a rebate program for purchases of energy-efficient washing machines and refrigerators.

“It spiked sales,” Zajic told The Sacramento Bee, adding that he thinks the effort simply compressed sales into a shorter time period rather than created new demand.

For many small businesses, their chief problem is an old one: navigating the bureaucracy of the Small Business Administration to secure government-backed loans.

“My biggest problem is the current status of the banking system and how it’s being over-regulated,” Dennis Sweeney, a co-owner of Summit Sportswear Inc., told The Kansas City Star. “I want to grow this business, and I’m using the same credit line that I’ve been using for five years.”

Kansas City-based Summit, 20 years old, supplies college-licensed clothing to university bookstores in four Midwestern states. Sweeney hired his fourth employee in August. He’s adding licenses to sell apparel to colleges in the Southeast and Atlantic region, but his company doesn’t have inventory or other collateral that bankers usually want to secure loans.

And the small local banks Summit deals with frown on the red tape required for SBA loans, after a loan he got in 2008 took three months of nightmarish documentation.

“It was only $35,000,” Sweeney said. “Our bank basically said it would never do that again.”

Other small firms say their problem is simply a lack of customers.

“I think the business climate is so shaky that I would not want to undergo any expansion or outlay capital,” said Andy Weingarten, who owns Almar Auto Repair in Charlotte. He’s thinking about hiring one more mechanic.

Added Barry Grant, the regional president of Meritage Homes Corp., in California, “It starts with jobs. … There’s an awful lot of people sitting on the fence; they’re waiting for a sign.”

One reason hiring remains dampened is the prolonged slump in the housing sector, a driver of the pre-crisis economy. Meritage builds homes in California and six other states. It’ll build fewer than 1,000 homes in the Golden State this year, well below the 2,500 annually it built during boom times.

Another cause of sagging demand for new houses, Grant told The Sacramento Bee, is the planned October change to loan limits in order for a homeowner to qualify for a federal government-insured home loan. It was boosted to as high as $769,000 in parts of the country during the financial crisis, but Republicans in Congress have pushed for a return to lower limits and less government involvement in the housing market.

In Sacramento County, the change would mean a new loan limit of $474,000 to qualify, well below the current $580,000. Around the nation, the loan-limit change has created uncertainty.

“Any uncertainty in the market makes people hold off,” said Grant. “It builds a certain level of uncertainty.”

Sometimes a small business’s struggle has nothing to do with government at all.

Lynn Swager, a co-owner of Brass on Ivory in Edgewater, Md., sells, rents and repairs musical instruments. She faces a completely different sort of challenge.

“The thing that chokes us, believe or not, is the Internet. There are so many things that are accessible on the Internet that they can purchase for less than I can purchase from my distributor,” Swager told McClatchy. “Everybody thinks the Internet is this great thing that is happening to the world, but it is really, I think, killing a lot of small business. People that we talk to that are no longer in business say the same thing exactly.”

(Mark Davis of The Kansas City Star, Doug Hanks and Hannah Sampson of The Miami Herald, Donna Harris of the Biloxi Sun Herald; Dale Kasler of The Sacramento Bee and Eleanor Kennedy of The Charlotte Observer contributed to this article.)

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[4.]. We will reform the tax code to allow businesses to generate enough capital to grow and create jobs for our families, friends and neighbors all across America.

Small Business Baloney…GOP tax claims should be fact checked

FAIR Fair and Accuracy In Reporting, July 12, 2012

Barack Obama’s July 9 announcement that he would extend the Bush tax cuts for income below $250,000 prompted the expected response from Republican politicians and presidential candidate Mitt Romney: This is a tax increase on “small businesses.”

That is false. But most news reports won’t say so.

The New York Times (7/10/12) told readers that Obama

said that 98 percent of households and 97 percent of small businesses would receive a tax cut under his plan. But Republicans said the president’s proposal would amount to a broad tax on small businesses because many business owners report their profits as personal income.

In the Washington Post (7/10/12), readers learned that Republicans “charged that the president’s plan would raise taxes on small-business owners.” That point was illustrated by quotes from House Speaker John Boehner and and a representative for the Romney campaign, which were balanced with the statement that “Obama said his plan would cover 98 percent of the working public and 97 percent of small-business owners.”

The headline of a USA Today story (7/10/12) captured the same spirit: “Obama Seeks to Extend Tax Cuts for Middle Class; GOP Critics Say Plan Will Hurt Small Business.”

On ABC‘s Good Morning America, Jonathan Karl (7/10/12) reported, “Romney says raising taxes on those with higher incomes means raising taxes on small businesses.”

Newspaper stories the following day followed a similar pattern: Republicans say this is a tax on small businesses, while Obama says it is not. In the Washington Post (7/11/12), Romney “said the president’s plan would keep taxes at the same level for many Americans while raising taxes on what he called ‘job creators and small businesses.'”

The Los Angeles Times (7/11/12) added another layer of inaccuracy by reporting that Obama’s plan “would extend George W. Bush-era tax cuts for those making up to $250,000 a year but not for upper-income Americans.” That is incorrect; wealthy Americans will also receive a tax cut on the income they earn up to the $250,000 level (Citizens for Tax Justice, 6/20/12; NYMag.com, 7/9/12).

This Republican small business argument is a familiar one; in 2010 Republicans sought to portray any increase in taxes on income above $250,000 as a tax on small-business owners (FAIR Action Alert, 9/13/10).

Then, as now, the argument is almost entirely bogus. The share of filers who could qualify as small business owners is tiny–about 2 percent of small business owners, according to the U.S. Treasury Department. The increase would affect, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, about 3 percent of filers who claim any business income (Think Progress, 7/9/12).

So why don’t reporters just say that? Some who try to put the numbers in context seem afraid to call out one side for being deceptive. On CBS Evening News (7/9/12), Norah O’Donnell reported the story this way:

Mitt Romney said today that the president’s proposal would mean a massive tax increase on job-creators and small businesses. Many of those small businesses pay at an individual tax rate. But the president said it would affect just 3 percent of small businesses. Still, Scott that would affect about 250,000 small businesses.

Turning the tiny percentage into a number that sounds impressive seems a pretty clear attempt to make viewers think the Romney campaign had a point.

One part of the newspaper did explain the dispute clearly: The New York Times editorial page (7/10/12), which called the Republican argument about small business “nonsense.”

But the corporate media’s bias toward giving credence to official claims from both political parties means you have to treat that question of fact as a matter of opinion–which, of course, is a problem, if you think that separating fact from misinformation is a key part of a journalist’s job.

And the failure to challenge Republican distortions gives them no reason to stop making them. As the Los Angeles Times reported (7/10/12), “Polls also show that Republicans do better when they frame upper-income tax increases as a threat to small businesses, a group that voters tend to like.”

That is especially true when media don’t tell the public that the claim is almost entirely bogus.

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[5.] We will encourage investments in small businesses. We will create an environment where adequate financing and credit are available to spur manufacturing and expansion. We will serve as aggressive advocates for small businesses.

Grim Reapers: How Republicans Are Killing Small Business in America

Sanjay Sanghoee, Huffington Post, Posted: 03/01/2013 4:28 pm

One thing we know for sure is that the Republican Party is pro-business, right? Wrong. The Republican Party is not pro-business, it’s pro-BIG-business; and as for small businesses – those little engines of enterprise and innovation that collectively embody and drive the American dream – the GOP is more than happy to kill them off.

If that sounds extreme, consider the following facts.

Despite President Obama’s repeated calls to settle the sequester debate by letting revenues be considered as part of the equation with spending cuts, the Republicans have stubbornly refused to consider any compromise, and now the Senate has even rejected a proposal to give the president some control in administering the automatic spending cuts. As a result, our nation will fall into an $85 billion abyss with all the forethought and caution that a 3-year old applies while crossing the road.

Everyone from our soldiers to the federal workforce will take the hit for this irresponsibility, but the small business sector will suffer particularly badly. According to government estimates, the sequester would reduce loan guarantees to small businesses by up to $902 million. For small businesses, who have been struggling ever since the financial crisis and for whom the availability of capital is essential for day-to-day survival, let alone growth and hiring, this sudden lending crunch will add insult to injury.

Small business lending in 2011 already declined by 6.9 percent from the previous year and big banks, usually the mainstay of lending to the sector, have pulled back. In addition, the spending cuts in the sequester will hamper jobs, wages, and therefore consumption, which is a body blow to commerce and puts even more pressure on businesses to borrow money.

All this leaves the small business sector at the mercy of alternative lenders, who typically charge double the interest rates of traditional lenders and impose onerous terms on companies. What the sequester will do, in effect, is raise the cost of capital dramatically for small businesses, and by doing so, force them to fire workers, downsize operations, or even shut down completely – all of which will derail our already-fragile economic recovery.

Despite this, the Republicans don’t seem to care. In fact, the only thing they do care about is preserving tax breaks for the richest Americans (who are generally not the small business owners whom the GOP uses as examples for their anti-tax arguments), fighting the closure of tax loopholes that enable major corporations to shield their money from the IRS (but which small businesses get no benefit from), and trying to gut the public infrastructure that small businesses depend on heavily to transact their trade.

And the biggest irony is that this is the same political party that spends most of its time criticizing the president for not caring about small businesses and pretending to be champions of the sector.

The problem is that the GOP is not a party of stability and prosperity but a party of strife. Jamie Dimon, the controversial CEO of JP Morgan Chase, recently said that the bank does well in times of adversity. That seems to be true of the Republicans as well, who are never as happy as when they can throw a monkey wrench into the works and then win elections on the promise of fixing whatever was broken! Mitt Romney ran his entire campaign on this theme without once acknowledging that the very reasons for our economic meltdown were the lack of regulatory oversight favored by his own party as well as non-stop obstructionism by House Republicans to President Obama’s economic agenda.

This dysfunction must stop. The small business sector has historically made up more than 50% of our economy but has been steadily declining. Even more disturbing is the fact that this decline is accelerating fast. Republican propaganda over tax breaks and the fantasy of trickle-down economics hide the fact that the majority of tax breaks that are in play will only benefit big companies and uber-wealthy individuals, and that the spending cuts the conservatives want will hurt small businesses, who rely on public infrastructure and lending, disproportionately.

The Republican stance on the sequester and beyond is an abomination and needs to be repudiated. Otherwise we can kiss America’s cherished small businesses goodbye, and with it, our economic future.

SANJAY SANGHOEE has worked at leading investment banks Lazard Freres and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein as well as at a multi-billion dollar hedge fund. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School.

As far as I can tell the Republican Party is no friend of Small Business, they seem to advocate for Large Companies at the expense of Small Business America if push comes to shove.   Small Business is indeed Main Street USA, but make no mistake, the Republican Party is all about WALL STREET and BIG BUSINESS!  When they do advocate for small business it is for the Donald Trump Inc. types…not for Mr and Mrs. Mainstreet or the Independent Contractor as they would have you believe…In the world of DC Republican politics….SIZE DOES MATTER!  Small Business needs to remind the GOP it’s not how big it is but how you use it…