We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Perhaps nothing reflects the descent of the yeomanry than the fading role of the ten million small businesses with under 20 employees, which currently employ upwards of forty million Americans. Long a key source of new jobs, small business start-ups have declined as a portion of all business growth from 50 percent in the early 1980s to 35% in 2010. Indeed, a 2014 Brookings report, revealed that small business “dynamism”, measured by the growth of new firms compared with the closing of older ones, has declined significantly over the past decade, with more firms closing than starting for the first time in a quarter century.
Instead of stemming from the grassroots, the recovery after the latest crash was led, unlike in previous expansions, by larger firms while small company hiring remained relatively paltry. Self-employment rose, but increasingly this took the form of sole proprietorships as opposed to expanding smaller companies with employees. By 2013, smaller firms with under one hundred employees added far fewer jobs than in the prior decade. Unlike prior post-war recoveries, since 2007, grassroots companies did not lead the way out of recession and continued to lose ground compared with larger companies that either could afford the costs or avoid the taxes imposed by, the Clerical regime.
With all the wonderful things the government does to encourage small business - I cant believe it isn't flourishing.
Labor and Industry
Endless regulations and forms
All of these things make it so easy to start a business with 5 to 50 employees - I can't believe everyone isn't doing it.
Compare the fun of that to becoming a school teacher - summers off, vacations, good salaries, relatively few hassles, retire at 53 or 54.
Why would you do that instead of starting a business?
If you are successful in business: don't forget "You didn't build that" your partner the government deserves to "take their share of the money and spread the wealth around" (and when you die they get their chunk in estate taxes too!)"
I see anecdotal evidence of the decline of the middle class everywhere.
Interstate 80 doesn't have nearly as much car traffic as it used to.
Fast food outlets are mostly empty, even during the rush periods.
Prices for things I watch on eBay have been in a steady decline.
Mrs. feeblemind points to all the small businesses that have closed back in her old home town in S. Cal. Many of her friends in her old neighborhood are only continuing their life style by raiding their 401ks as they have suffered business and employment setbacks.
Even McDonald's sales are down so it has got to be bad.
One wonders what will happen when the government can no longer print money to keep the elderly and impoverished fed and housed?