Small businesses lead any economic recovery. My business puts me in close contact with dozens of small businesses all across the country and most of them are not even thinking of expanding ... so don't be looking for an end to the recession any time soon. Any temporary upturns in the stock market or any media reports of signs of recovery notwithstanding, most small businesses are showing no signs of wanting to expand and prosper.
In recent months, government alphabet agencies ranging from the IRS to the FDA to the FTB have been on the warpath. Any small business that doubted that a single bureaucrat had the power to shut down any business at any time with an audit, a report or a leaked piece of information has had that doubt removed by virtue of stories in the media or their own personal experience and observations.
What most people don't seem to understand is that small businesses are run by ordinary people who react just as any human being would under the same circumstances. When attacked, they assume a defensive position and don't move forward. If America wants to continue to move forward economically, it must first stop attacking small businesses.
Ed Riffle is a small business owner and writer and co-publisher of OurLittleCornfield.com, an Internet based comic strip.