To the Editor:
A guy walks into a bar and says, "Ouch." Now, you might be thinking that's a really bad one-liner. Actually, I was just recounting the start of my day.
I walk into the
Small business owners want our communities to flourish once again. We are working to build a thriving local economy that supports a strong middle class, and that can only happen if we have customers who have money they can spend at our businesses. This isn't something we can accomplish on our own. Our economy is tied to the national economy, and we need our elected officials to take decisive action to create jobs and put Americans back to work.
As a small business owner, I want to be clear on one thing: if we want a vibrant local economy, we must maintain the rules and standards that protect our employees' health and our customers' financial security. Just look at the lessons from our local history.
You don't have to be a small business owner to see how high these costs can be. Just look at the 2008 financial crisis. That crisis, which destroyed more than 8 million jobs and left us with this jobless recovery, was caused by decades of deregulation that let
It boggles my mind that some legislators are arguing that gutting rules and standards will magically create jobs after the deregulation-fueled financial crisis just destroyed 8 million of them. This is like proposing another drinking binge as the cure for a really bad hangover. It's utterly insane.
The fact is, regulations create jobs. About 32 jobs are created for each
I've heard politicians say they're for "liberating"
So, the next time you hear politicians talk about scrapping clean air or financial protections in the name of small business, don't buy it. Remember that these rules keep communities healthy and level the playing field for small businesses against big special interests. If we let big business use small business as an excuse to rewrite the rules – for their gain and our loss – the joke will be on all of us. We have seen that happen before. Let's make sure it doesn't happen again.
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