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Regulations, taxes aren't killing small business, owners say
McClatchy Newspapers ^ | September 1, 2011 | Kevin G. Hall

Posted on 09/05/2011 10:59:17 AM PDT by 1010RD

WASHINGTON — Politicians and business groups often blame excessive regulation and fear of higher taxes for tepid hiring in the economy. However, little evidence of that emerged when McClatchy canvassed a random sample of small business owners across the nation.

"Government regulations are not 'choking' our business, the hospitality business," Bernard Wolfson, the president of Hospitality Operations in Miami, told The Miami Herald. "In order to do business in today's environment, government regulations are necessary and we must deal with them. The health and safety of our guests depend on regulations. It is the government regulations that help keep things in order."

SNIP

McClatchy reached out to owners of small businesses, many of them mom-and-pop operations, to find out whether they indeed were being choked by regulation, whether uncertainty over taxes affected their hiring plans and whether the health care overhaul was helping or hurting their business.

Their response was surprising.

None of the business owners complained about regulation in their particular industries, and most seemed to welcome it...

SNIP (You'll have to read it to believe it)

(Excerpt) Read more at mcclatchydc.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events
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McClatchy appears to have ordered its reporters to find businesses that want more taxes and regulations.

The gags almost write themselves. FReepers, you've got plenty of material to work with here. Have at it.

1 posted on 09/05/2011 10:59:20 AM PDT by 1010RD
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"In order to do business in today's environment, government regulations are necessary and we must deal with them. The health and safety of our guests depend on regulations. It is the government regulations that help keep things in order."

What? Who interviewed the guy, a muslim with a scimitar?

2 posted on 09/05/2011 11:04:38 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (non-union thug.)
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To: 1010RD

Mr. Wolfson went on to add, “Barack Hussein Obama II is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”


3 posted on 09/05/2011 11:05:40 AM PDT by Meet the New Boss
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To: 1010RD

Well, seems to me that they now make news instead of reporting the news.

Also, it seems to me that they did that very thing in Germany about 60-70 years ago.


4 posted on 09/05/2011 11:06:16 AM PDT by crz
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To: 1010RD
The gags almost write themselves. FReepers, you've got plenty of material to work with here. Have at it.

Why? Its a waste of good bandwidth. Just like with the "Professors" and "Academics" they develop a theory and to hell with contrary evidence.

5 posted on 09/05/2011 11:06:27 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: 1010RD

I’ll bet dollars to donuts that this a union shop.


6 posted on 09/05/2011 11:07:28 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: 1010RD
The health and safety of our guests depend on regulations. It is the government regulations that help keep things in order."

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

7 posted on 09/05/2011 11:07:48 AM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: the invisib1e hand

(None of the business owners complained about regulation in their particular industries, and most seemed to welcome it...)

That sounds like a poll conducted in Syria! Not one of the business owners complained about business regulations; 100% welecome more regulations! Baghdad Bob must have found a new job at the McCrappy papers.


8 posted on 09/05/2011 11:09:01 AM PDT by winner3000 (ss)
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To: 1010RD
Gas in my tank is taking $20 a week instead of $10.

Drill....and every segment benefits!!

9 posted on 09/05/2011 11:09:32 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: the invisib1e hand
"In order to do business in today's environment, government regulations are necessary and we must deal with them. The health and safety of our guests depend on regulations. It is the government regulations that help keep things in order."

What he's saying is, if it weren't for regulations, we bed&breakfasts would be serving arsenic in the tea.

10 posted on 09/05/2011 11:09:59 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: 1010RD

Guy runs a small group of 5 hotels staffed with illegals. Can’t imagine why he likes Obama.


11 posted on 09/05/2011 11:10:04 AM PDT by festusbanjo (This is what happens when you hire a guy to run the country that hadn't run anything but his mouth)
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To: 1010RD

These were probably all union-controlled businesses.


12 posted on 09/05/2011 11:10:57 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: 1010RD
This article might be partially true, since the most successful small business people I know simply ignore or work around any inconvenient regulation and they are (so far) small enough to escape the government's notice. Likewise, big companies can simply buy enough support in Congress and hire enough attorneys to blunt the effects of any adverse regulation. It's the mid-size businesses that get crushed.

That's why I have a simple rule for our company: "When we want to grow, we have to go...to Asia."

13 posted on 09/05/2011 11:11:42 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: 1010RD

Just in case anybody is unsure where the “reporters” stand within the political spectrum, here’s another quote from a “random” business owner: (He credits the federal stimulus effort with helping to keep some smaller firms afloat.)

Riiiiiight!


14 posted on 09/05/2011 11:14:15 AM PDT by winner3000 (ss)
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To: 1010RD

http://therealdeal.com/miami/articles/developer-bernard-wolfson-on-the-city-s-first-leed-hotel

GREEN HOTEL owner.


15 posted on 09/05/2011 11:14:55 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: 1010RD
If you read the article the dimwits they interview say regulations aren't a problem for their business, but every problem they point out as hurting them is caused by government regulations. They interviewed nothing but a collection of idiots.
16 posted on 09/05/2011 11:15:26 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: 1010RD
The health and safety of our guests depend on regulations.

No, it depends on you to set standards of service and enforce them!

17 posted on 09/05/2011 11:17:23 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: coloradan

Clearly! “I can’t be trusted to do the right thing government! Please regulate me!”


18 posted on 09/05/2011 11:18:28 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Will racist demagogue Andre Carson be censured by the House?)
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To: gusopol3

crony capitalist


19 posted on 09/05/2011 11:18:32 AM PDT by pacpam (action=consequence and applies in all cases - friend of victory)
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To: gusopol3

http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/contributions/bernard-wolfson.asp?cycle=10

BUT, he gave to Republicans, including Sharon Angle, last year.


20 posted on 09/05/2011 11:18:55 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: winner3000

21 posted on 09/05/2011 11:19:37 AM PDT by Kozak ("It's not an Election it's a Restraining Order" .....PJ O'Rourke)
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To: 1010RD

“In order to do business in today’s environment, government regulations are necessary and we must deal with them.”

translation: Only when you are screwed are you free.

Yeah, I’ll buy that if you throw in a free Starbucks.


22 posted on 09/05/2011 11:19:56 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (see Surviving Civil War II on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: 1010RD
"In order to do business in today's environment, government regulations are necessary and we must deal with them. The health and safety of our guests depend on regulations. It is the government regulations that help keep things in order."

Somehow, this became a question of whether we should or shouldn't have any government regulations whatsoever. The latter is the definition of anarchy. Nobody is claiming we don't need any government regulations at all.. I'm okay with being told to drive at 65 mph on most highways. I would not be so sanguine if Obama told me not to drive above 5 mph, which is equivalent to how he is choking the economy.

I'm okay with the government prohibiting McDonald's from putting rat poison into their hamburgers. Telling them not to exceed a certain calorie count is another story. Read my tagline.

23 posted on 09/05/2011 11:20:26 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree ("Nanny Care State" is not a Division 3 football powerhouse.)
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To: 1010RD
From the article:
"Government regulations are not 'choking' our business, the hospitality business," Bernard Wolfson, the president of Hospitality Operations in Miami, told The Miami Herald. "In order to do business in today's environment, government regulations are necessary and we must deal with them. The health and safety of our guests depend on regulations. It is the government regulations that help keep things in order."
I never want to do business with Mr. Wolfson's company. Ever!

Anybody who says that is not trying to deliver the best quality to their customers. They are trying to do the bare minimum to get by. What he's saying is that his business is so shady, if the Government didn't force him to operate in a healthy, safe manner, he would endanger his guests to make more money.

24 posted on 09/05/2011 11:20:28 AM PDT by cc2k ( If having an "R" makes you conservative, does walking into a barn make you a horse's (_*_)?)
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O course this guy loves government regulation - he's a green freak:

After 40 years in Miami real estate, developer Bernard Wolfson, president of Hospitality Operations, is bringing a first to the market -- the city's only LEED hotel, a Hampton Inn in Brickell.
http://therealdeal.com/miami/articles/developer-bernard-wolfson-on-the-city-s-first-leed-hotel

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leadership_in_Energy_and_Environmental_Design

25 posted on 09/05/2011 11:25:58 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: 1010RD

How the hell did they do “random”? That sounds like a flat out lie. Loaded dice would be more honest.


26 posted on 09/05/2011 11:26:21 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: gusopol3

Bernard Wolfson, Fla Attorney, Developer, political contributions in 2008...Wasserman-Schultz, Wexler.


27 posted on 09/05/2011 11:28:16 AM PDT by ab01
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To: JimRed

It is this kind of remark that shows how far some people have digressed from personal responsibility to having government be their concience. In many cases it is just a matter of government being used to level (sans illicit behavior) to level competition. You don’t trust anyone who would have government be your concience.


28 posted on 09/05/2011 11:28:41 AM PDT by noinfringers3
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To: 1010RD

Obviously this establishment serves a fine cup of Koolaid.


29 posted on 09/05/2011 11:29:53 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: gusopol3
I never got to that part of the donation list on Opensecrets. It was filled with donations by him to every Democrat in his state plus a bunch of other national candidates.

The two people in the story begging for more regulation give to democrats. Wolfson is a huge donor. Daniels is a small time donor. The maid service guy donates to LaRouche (wacko), and Zajic has a relative (probably Dad) that gives to the Republicans.

30 posted on 09/05/2011 11:33:36 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Meet the New Boss; 1010RD

***Mr. Wolfson went on to add, “Barack Hussein Obama II is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”***

WOW! Kind of like what Frank Sinatra said about Lawrence Harvy in THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE!

It just rolls off the tongue naturally without thinking!


31 posted on 09/05/2011 11:34:05 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name. See my home page, if you dare! NEW PHOTOS & PAINTINGS)
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To: Meet the New Boss

Mr. Wolfson went on to add, “Barack Hussein Obama II is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”


You nearly made me spew on my Keyboard!

“Captain STERN!”
“Yes Hanover?
“Here’s your money. And Hanover...”
“Yes Boss?”
“Goodbye, Hanover” Flushing noises

Heavy Metal Movie for those who don’t get it.


32 posted on 09/05/2011 11:35:20 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: 1010RD
Well McClatchy News, who is killing small business? Regulation enforcers and taxes? Both of those issues/actions are killing mine.
33 posted on 09/05/2011 11:45:24 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: 1010RD

This small business owner says that this article is full of crap.


34 posted on 09/05/2011 11:46:58 AM PDT by JusPasenThru (HEY UNION MEMBER: INVEST IN YOUR OWN DAMN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A CHANGE!)
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To: the invisib1e hand

They simply went on a ride-along with each locality’s Business Inspection Task Force.


35 posted on 09/05/2011 11:47:37 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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The health and safety of our guests depend on regulations.

Right - because you're too stoopid to figure out how to do things safely (and keep from getting sued) without some bureaucrat in DC ginning up a boatload of regulations!

36 posted on 09/05/2011 11:47:59 AM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: 1010RD

Uh-oh! Texas better start worrying that their small businesses will move to California.


37 posted on 09/05/2011 11:48:12 AM PDT by HarleyD
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To: Meet the New Boss

...as he deposited his stimulus check into an Isle of Man offshore account.


38 posted on 09/05/2011 11:48:42 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

These people are highly paid, professional reporters who have been college-educated to high ethical standards.

They simply picked random names out of the Yellow Pages at each location and interviewed the first person to pick up the phone. If they’d cherry-picked the respondents or left out divergent or contradictory opinions it would be obvious and skewed.

You can see the article is chock full of scientific polls, statistics, numbers and graphs proving their point. If it were just a jumble of anecdotes from a few selected liberals who happen to run businesses then it would look like a fake wouldn’t it?


39 posted on 09/05/2011 11:54:18 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: facedown

Wait a minute! You mean he’s a plant?? He doesn’t really represent John Q. American-Small-Business?

The Media would never stoop to such a trick.


40 posted on 09/05/2011 11:56:02 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: cc2k

Exactly. Can you imagine a guy so wicked that without the threat of government enforcement he’d, he’d, he’d... well, what would he do to his customers?

Only liberals can be or think we are this stupid.


41 posted on 09/05/2011 11:59:26 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD
know thy enemies...

FROM WIKI-
McClatchy Company: ...
In 2008, McClatchy's bureau chief in Washington, D.C., John Walcott, was the first recipient of the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence ... In accepting the award, Walcott commented on McClatchy's reporting during the period preceding the Iraq War:

... our reporting different from so much other reporting? ... we sought out the dissidents, and we listened to them, instead of serving as stenographers to high-ranking [Bush administration] officials and Iraqi exiles

FROM WIKI-
I.F. Stone:

Journalistic style: According to Nation Magazine ... an outspoken leftist journalist

42 posted on 09/05/2011 12:00:17 PM PDT by Optimist
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To: American in Israel

Well the 21st century McClatchy paper is just following its long tradition:

“Known as a supporter of the people’s interests against those of corporations and corrupt politicians, James McClatchy (1824–1883)made The Bee a bastion of progressive reformism.”

Luckily for us a lie told a thousand times is still a lie. The only insult is did the McClatchy reporters and reporterettes really think we’d buy it?


43 posted on 09/05/2011 12:03:38 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: ab01

That sounds more like it; maybe I fell for a little cosmetic surgery to the donation list .


44 posted on 09/05/2011 12:04:12 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: JimRed

Exaclty. Please, government, stop me before I hurt my customers again!


45 posted on 09/05/2011 12:05:35 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Beagle8U
They interviewed nothing but a collection of idiots.

I hate to be a grammar Nazi, but shouldn't idiots read liberals? Wait, I just repeated myself. Please ignore this post.

46 posted on 09/05/2011 12:07:23 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Optimist; Lazmataz

Right, just like Pulitzer, the Oscars, the Noble Prize, et al. It’s just a bunch of liberals awarding each other for being liberals. Then the liberals, coveting anything they don’t possess, write about the prestigious awards.

It’s like grade inflation for losers.

Although, I think it was Laz who originally named them totlitarians - a brilliant mix of childish dictators or simply a typo that tickled my Freudian slip. I think I’m going to steal that.


47 posted on 09/05/2011 12:11:34 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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If you read the article, you discover the following

“None of the business owners complained about regulation in their particular industries, and most seemed to welcome it. Some pointed to the lack of regulation in mortgage lending as a principal cause of the financial crisis that brought about the Great Recession of 2007-09 and its grim aftermath.”

I got that far into the article in my morning newspaper and then realized that the respondents were obviously cherry-picked.


48 posted on 09/05/2011 12:12:42 PM PDT by bagman
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To: 1010RD
"Government regulations are not 'choking' our business, the hospitality business," Bernard Wolfson, the president of Hospitality Operations in Miami, told The Miami Herald. "In order to do business in today's environment, government regulations are necessary and we must deal with them. The health and safety of our guests depend on regulations. It is the government regulations that help keep things in order."

So, without the government looking over his shoulder Wolfson would imperil his guests' health and safety.
There is no other way to read this scumbag's statement.

49 posted on 09/05/2011 12:23:13 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
I'm okay with the government prohibiting McDonald's from putting rat poison into their hamburgers.

Government is the last entity that should be "regulating" health and safety. People have been indoctrinated into thinking that without regulations bad things will happen. Nothing could be further from the truth.

A truly free market will provide superior health and safety enforcement mechanism -- both in speed and efficiency. Milton Friedman (his son) Ludwig Von Mises, and many others have written at length about such matters.

Governments have suppressed the ability of the market to handle the matter of health and safety, so most people can't even allow themselves to think about how the market would handle it. They just assume "we need government."

50 posted on 09/05/2011 12:29:36 PM PDT by sand88 (Sarah Palin announces: Aug 12, Opps!! didn't happen then, but soon will :)
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