I woke up this morning, and was perusing the news, and came across post from a couple of the local South Dakota blogs. Is there some undeclared war on main street businesses from the far stretches of the political spectrum lately?
First up, a post from one of Gordon Howie’s blogs, where the author claims on-line businesses shouldn’t pay sales taxes. It would be nice if we had to paid no taxes, but barring that, such a viewpoint is wrong, wrong, wrong.
Main street businesses and small businessmen are what make a town… well, it makes it a community. It creates local jobs, and begets growth. A small business in a community is infinite possibility for the future. That small business often will be a member of the local chamber of commerce, promoting further growth of the community, they may support community activities, such as church activities and sports, and so on and so forth.
Match that local business up against an on-line business who can sell an item at the same price, but has no sales tax. The local business is automatically at a disadvantage, and that money that would help pay for police, fire stations streetlights, etc., is lost to the community, at the same time profit is sent out of state at the best, over to China at the worst.
Competition is demanded by the economy, but unfair competition creates an unequal playing field in which our main streets are placed at a disadvantage. That’s why we have people like Governor Daugaard supporting main street fairness legislation.
Some might want to have a main street whose only residents are government offices and check cashing locations, but this South Dakotan believes in small business, and that the American dream is alive and well in South Dakota. A level playing field demands that on-line businesses pay the same sales tax that South Dakota main street businesses do.
The second example of a war on main street comes from Cory Heidelberger on the extreme left with the headline: “Food Stamp Expansion Mitigates Wealth-Hoarding by ?Job Creators?
The Job Creators are doing a great job kicking more wealth up the ladder to themselves, but they?re leaving more Job Doers in poverty. The people shouting loudest about class warfare are the ones trying to keep from noticing that they are waging it quite successfully against us. And the longer they can scapegoat the people working hardest for the least reward, the longer they can hoard our wealth.
I’m still picking up my jaw off the floor on that one. Job creators are “wealth hoarders?” What kind of crazy socialistic society does the extreme left want us to live in?
For gosh sakes, our economic model is capitalism – the private ownership of the means of production and the creation of goods or services for profit. Has starting a business, hiring employees, and trying to make a profit now become a cause for shame?
Business owners are the ones out there assuming the greatest risk – and by that simple virtue, they should reap the greatest reward. If someone doesn’t like the wage they pay, they have a very simple choice: don’t work there. If an employer can’t find employees at a particular wage, they may have to pay more. But if someone is willing to do the job for that pay, this still remains a free country (at the moment).
Job creators are “wealth hoarders?” I think not.
Backbone of our nation is more like it.