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.
It is remarkable and noteworthy to me when anybody successfully opens an independent business in this country's anti-business climate, whether it's local plumbing, money management, or a clothing line.
It's good for people whenever somebody has the cojones to do such things. Many people get jobs from it. Why does government make it so hard to do?
One high-energy young gal we have been following is Nora Gardner, whose online shop for conservative upscale professional women's wear ("Day-to-Night" clothing, made of Italian wool right in New York City's garment district) has added a flagship shop on 58th between Madison and Park.
Mostly online, though.
Lots of people try being employees, and conclude that they ain't gonna work for Maggie's Farm no more. That's good, that's the American spirit. I tried to be an employee for a while. Hated it, never looked back despite the "security."
Problem is, it's a bitch to be your own boss, because boss is too hard on you. Gotta be tough, bold, and brave, and take a ton of self-criticism.
The government makes job creation difficult because of the income tax, the corporate tax, and corporate rent seeking.
Established businesses know how difficult it is to start a business, so they rent seek to make new business formation difficult, thereby limiting competition. With an income and corporate tax, this becomes easier to accomplish. The income tax is not directly connected to the economy, so the negative economic consequences to government revenues are lessened.
Further, campaign financing laws allow companies to buy votes (this was not a problem for Senators when Senators were selected by the states, not the electorate). Income/corporate tax schemes and campaign financing place government on the same side of the table as the businesses which is bad for individuals but good for companies.
If the government used a consumption tax to fund itself, this would be less likely. Such a tax would place the government on the same side of the equation as the consumer because now the government needs sales tax revenues to fund itself. A healthy economy is a benefit in this scheme to consumers, workers, businesses, and government.
The existing big companies and the politicians will never give up the cushy gigs they have for harder work, and lower pay.
Great Post. I tell you a funny story. The other day I was at the library, and happened to come upon a meeting for a man who planned to run for Congress. There were about twelve people present, and to tell you the truth, I have never seen a more voracious, egotistical, power-mad group in my life. That experience helped lead me to the conclusion that peaceful reform of the government is impossible.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating an armed insurrection. But in the future, I think that any changes will have to be made at the local level; through civil disobedience. Hoping to change Washington is just a pipe dream. We need to peacefully stop cooperating, and that means lower taxes.
A lot of what we are seeing today; endless civil rights litigation, destruction of our historical monuments, the teaching of communism in school; will continue as long as the existing power structure feels that it can act with impunity. Here in California, they held a referendum on homosexual marriage.
The people voted against it, and you know what? The vote was overturned by the Federal Government.
So it's not just about reducing the number of laws. It's about actually de-funding the government, so it can no longer engage in leftist social-engineering. When that happens, private sector jobs will start to come back. I suggest a total tax-rate (State, Sales, Federal, and Property; including inflation) of 25%.
The IRS suspected a fishing boat owner wasn't paying proper wages to his Deckhand and sent an agent to investigate him.
IRS AUDITOR: "I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them."
Boat Owner: "Well, there's Clarence, my deckhand, he's been with me for 3 years. I pay him $1,000 a week plus free room and board.
Then there's the mentally challenged guy.
He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of the work around here. He makes about $10 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of Bacardi rum and a dozen Budweisers every Saturday night so he can cope with life. He also gets to sleep with my wife occasionally".
IRS AUDITOR: "That's the guy I want to talk to - - the mentally challenged one".
Boat Owner: "That would be me. What would you like to know ??"