When over two-thirds
of job creators tell us how to create jobs in an economy that desperately needs
them, candidates and elected officials should not only listen, they should also
tell us precisely where they stand on these ideas.
government regulates commerce -- and not just whether government regulates
commerce -- should be a major issue in this election. It would tell us a lot
about how the candidates, if elected, would make critical day-to-day decisions
that shape law, regulation, and, ultimately, the economy.
government protect public health and safety without complicated rules,
bureaucracies, and mandates from Washington?
Small-business-people seem to think so.
health and safety be better served if regulations set clear, certain goals and gave the American people some freedom to use their own common sense in
meeting those goals? Small-business-people, again, say yes.
But what do
the candidates have to say on these issues? Unfortunately, these questions were
not asked of Mitt Romney or Barack Obama in Wednesday's debate. Hopefully, they
will come up in future debates, especially among candidates for the U.S. House
and U.S. Senate.
The top two obstacles to business growth and job
creation, according to the small
business owners and managers polled, are burdensome government regulations (27 percent) and a legal system that
encourages too many lawsuits (23 percent). These two concerns are followed by
difficulty obtaining financing (20 percent), high taxes on business (18 percent),
availability of a qualified workforce (9 percent), and the rising cost of energy
business survey also found:
68 percent of those interviewed say that more businesses are investing in new technology rather than new employees "to avoid complications created by federal employment laws,
86 percent say regulations would be more effective in protecting public health and safety if they gave business "clear, certain goals" as well as "more freedom to use common sense in making daily decisions."
89 percent say that most government bureaucrats make decisions "based on rules and not on common sense" when regulating small businesses.
69 percent say business would create more jobs if local, state and federal government agencies coordinated small businesses regulatory approvals and permits into a one-stop shop approach.
Conducted by Clarus Research Group, the
survey interviewed 500 small business owners and top managers across the nation
between September 19-25, 2012.