I would be glad to see Sanford enter the fray again, he's a lot more like DeMint than Tim Scott. Perhaps he can hang around long enough to run against Lindsey Graham but I'm sure that will never happen. He's not perfect by any stretch but he's much better than most any other choice we have.
Mat catastrophe - Maybe your not understanding or maybe your just ignoring the points that have been made. The roads were paid for already. To indicate that I still owe something for them would mean I would pay for them twice. When I am hired, perform the work, and am paid, my client owes me nothing more. Under your logic, if I inherited a house from my parents, I would owe the builder and not my parents who actually paid for it. The government works for us, not the other way around. Once we have paid for the services or products, the deal is over. Nobody owes anyone anymore. The regulation imposed on me, is mostly counter productive, and it drives up costs. Anytime someone like me complains and wants it scaled back or eliminated, people start screaming about safety and quality control. As if they're involvement had a significant effect on those concerns anyway. They mostly create an illusion of safety and security. What we have to put up with in return is not worth it, most people would rather take the risks, since it is an illusion anyway. Just ask anyone who has had to file workers comp if they were protected, the government requires me to carry it, and as a result, the comp companies do not have to operate in the free market for my business, they also can drag out claims for years, all the while, offering a smaller and smaller settlement to the worker who has been hurt. There is nothing I can do about this because I am required by law to carry it. Their most basic policy actually covers nothing, you heard that right, nothing. They collect their premium and are liable for not one thing but atleast I have a government approved certificate that proves I'm concerned about safety right? As I said, it is an illusion of security, atleast if the worker got hurt and didn't have any protection, he would know about it, he would be aware of the risks he's taking. This is the same philosophy that supports seat belt laws and it is ridiculous. Under our current system, government involvement is a negative, not a positive. The passive infastructure is good and is needed and my business benefits from it. It also has already been paid for by my predecessors and I owe nothing on them except for maintenance which comes out of my taxes anyway. To insinuate that business owners who actually do operate in the free market and have to deal with regulation still owe the government something is insulting in the extreme for many of us, that's why Mr. Hunter wrote this article. As for Romney, like I said, he and Obama are pretty similar anyway, you guys who have so much faith in government should be happy because once again, we really don't have a choice.
Mat Catastrophe - If you think that government intrusion into small business is about safety for myself, my clients, or my employees, then I have a multi level marketing package that I would love to show you some time. You are speaking of something you know nothing about. And no, I haven't ever accepted a government contract or a small business loan, nor have I applied for one. If you want to talk about how small businesses benefit from passive government action then we should also talk about their effect on small businesses as a whole. If I benefit from passive action such as roads, infrastructure, schools, this doesn't mean I owe the government anything, as many have already said, taxes paid for those projects. The regulation I deal with is forced on me, I'm expected to pay for it in addition to a host of other taxes/fees, and their claims of safety standards and such are a crock. Their involvement in my business and in most everything else they involve themselves in have two basic effects, increased cost and decreased efficiency. To claim that their involvement in my business has been helpful in any way is absolutely ludicrous. Most business owners will tell you a similar story. I'm not a Romney supporter, there is no meaningful difference between him and Obama anyway.
So many comments on here from people who apparently don't understand freedom. I have had a small business since 2003 and let me tell you, the only thing the government does is get in the way. Have you ever had to deal with OSHA before? It's a joke, and it's not even about safety. Have you ever had to pull building permits? Every time I do business I have some kind of hurdle to jump over to accommodate the government. There's a word for this, it's called oppression. If so many people like Socialism there are a bunch of places you can go, let America be for the risk takers. Freedom, like life comes with inherent risks.
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