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Morning Bell: Top 3 Small Business Struggles
Posted By Amy Payne On August 29, 2012 @ 9:13 am In Energy and Environment,Enterprise and Free Markets,Entitlements, Taxes & Spending,The Morning Bell | 42 Comments
Small businesses are getting a lot of focus from politicians, because they are a key engine of job creation—which has stalled in the U.S. economy. A Republican National Convention theme of “We Built It ” continued the political debate over the economy yesterday.
A survey  by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in July revealed that small businesses’ top three concerns were taxes, regulations, and poor sales. A quick look at these top three small business struggles shows they have every reason to be demoralized.
Small businesses are under enormous threats from looming tax hikes. President Obama is advocating a tax hike on the country’s job creators —the at least 1.2 million small businesses that employ workers and make more than $200,000. Known as flow-through businesses, these entrepreneurs pay their taxes through the individual income tax. A study by Ernst & Young estimates that this tax hike would kill about 710,000 jobs  and cause real wages to drop.
This tax hike, however, is just a portion of the Taxmageddon crisis scheduled to hit the country on January 1. The Congressional Budget Office has left little doubt that unless Congress and the President prevent Taxmageddon, the country is headed toward a fresh recession  next year.
And Taxmageddon includes only some of Obamacare’s 18 new tax hikes , several of which don’t kick in until 2014 or later. The tax landscape is truly bleak.
Heritage’s James Gattuso and Diane Katz have documented the sea of new regulations that continue to drown America’s businesses. In their detailed report, “Red Tape Rising ,” they note: “During the first three years of the Obama Administration, 106 new major federal regulations added more than $46 billion per year in new costs for Americans. Hundreds more regulations are winding through the rulemaking pipeline as a consequence of the Dodd–Frank financial-regulation law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s global warming crusade, threatening to further weaken an anemic economy and job creation.”
The cost of these regulations strangles economic growth and job creation.
3. Poor Sales
In an economy with 8.3 percent unemployment, consumers have to cut back. Struggling sales are no mystery. Higher fuel prices are also hurting small businesses, which must make the no-win decision of passing these costs on to consumers or absorbing the costs themselves.
Heritage’s Nick Loris explains the impact of fuel costs on the economy  : “In a recent poll by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, 40 percent of small businesses responding said they have had to increase their prices. But that approach has a distinct downside. When consumer demand is already down, passing higher costs on to consumers suppresses demand even further, causing lower output, lower income and higher unemployment.”
To all of this, President Obama has said, “We tried our plan—and it worked .”
It’s not working for small business owners or for nearly 13 million jobless Americans.
Congress and the President need to stop Taxmageddon, open access to our energy resources, and reduce regulations that cost more than the benefits they deliver. America needs jobs, and small businesses need relief.
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URLs in this post:
 We Built It: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/07/16/morning-bell-obama-tells-entrepreneurs-you-didnt-build-your-business/
 survey: http://www.nfib.com/research-foundation/surveys/small-business-economic-trends?utm_campaign=SBET&utm_source=Releases&utm_medium=Releases
 job creators: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/07/obama-s-taxmageddon-tax-increase-would-hurt-job-creation
 710,000 jobs: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/07/18/ernst-and-young-obamas-tax-increase-would-kill-710000-jobs/
 fresh recession: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/08/23/morning-bell-another-recession-is-imminent/
 Obamacare’s 18 new tax hikes: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/08/20/obamacares-18-new-tax-hikes/
 Red Tape Rising: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/03/red-tape-rising-obama-era-regulation-at-the-three-year-mark
 explains the impact of fuel costs on the economy: http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2012/06/high-fuel-prices-hit-small-business-hard
 We tried our plan—and it worked: http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-on-the-economy-we-tried-our-plan-and-it-worked/article/2502981#.UD4A8aBnWRo
 Hurricane Isaac: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57502242/isaac-heading-slowly-toward-new-orleans/
 war tribunal against Israel: http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/iran-calls-on-non-aligned-movement-to-push-for-israel-war-tribunal-1.461400
 highest gas prices of any Labor Day weekend: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-28/gasoline-rising-to-holiday-record-as-storm-surge-pressures-obama.html
 residences, jets and cars: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/vladimir-putin-lifestyle_n_1836199.html
 new auto fuel efficiency standards: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/08/28/new-auto-efficiency-regs-special-interests-win-consumers-lose/
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