When the madness is over and a political candidate is elected, historically all it has meant to me was more regulations ahead, more spending ahead, more taxation to cover that spending, more loopholes for the rich and powerful, and less opportunity for those who aren’t the rich and powerful. I’m not wealthy nor powerful, so all I see with each election — be it federal or local — is a harder time for me to focus on what matters most.
I’m a boss. I’ve been a boss since my teens. Being your own boss can take two different directions: either you go at it alone and try your hardest to find customers while balancing your own schedule to try to reach everyone in the order of their need, or you hire more people and learn to delegate the priorities of yourself and your staff.
I’ve done the boss thing both ways. Going at it alone is great for your bottom line versus your business’ total income, but there’s a limit to how much one person can do. Bringing on a staff is risky: if business drops, you have to let people go. When you run a business completely by yourself, you can restrain your own personal budget if income drops. The risk of having to fire staff you’ve spent months and thousands of dollars to train is something that holds many employers back from hiring — especially in the midst of ever-changing regulations that come down from government.
Why politicians hurt you and I
In all my years of watching various elections, I’ve rarely been excited about a candidate. Even when candidates declare themselves to be “pro-business”, their voting record from their pasts always show that what they really mean is that they’re pro-certain businesses in certain markets. They’re never pro-my business, and I would wager a bet that they’re not for your business or your boss’ business either. When a politician provides help for a connected industry, it puts all of us one step closer to poverty. It restricts how we can compete with the protected cronies, it takes our income through taxation to reap rewards for the connected few.
Yet in this next Presidential election, there really is one politician who has been in office since the 70s and has truly been promoting the individual separate from all groups: Ron Paul. He’s against pandering to any groups because he believes truly that the law was created to protect all individuals equally.
Why Ron Paul will increase employment opportunities
With his plan to greatly reduce the spending on the War on Drugs and the Wars on Terrorism along with a strong number of Federal do-nothing bureaucracies, I have a feeling that he’ll make my life easier in the business world: by reducing my tax burdens and regulatory nightmares, I will be able to do the one thing that I love doing as a boss: hire more employees.
Hiring new employees does triply duty for me:
- First, it makes my life easier because I can delegate some of my responsibilities on someone who can do it better or faster or cheaper than I can.
- Second, it gives me the joy of knowing I’m succeeding in the market and giving someone else an opportunity to succeed with me. I receive greater personal joy in hiring someone than I do in just profit-seeking.
- Third, it allows me to make that profit by bringing in more labor, allowing me to charge more customers for the services we render.
The problem is, with most Presidential elections, my businesses get hurt more and more as each 4 year cycle progresses. Whatever each new President brings to the Federal regulatory books is added to what all the previous Presidents brought. More taxes, more regulations, more restrictions, more requirements — these all lead to a heavier burden on myself and all bosses to try to pay for these “programs”. It means I have to spend more time with accountants and lawyers trying to see what new laws I might be violating — this means I work less, bill less, earn less, hire less.
It’s important that the employees of the country (both working and not working) realize that the reason they may be unemployed or underemployed has little to do with their bosses’ desires. We employers already send around 20-30% of our employees’ paychecks to various governments automatically. We’d rather give it straight to the employee to spend as they wish. Imagine if your paycheck tomorrow could instantly go up 30% — what would you do with it? How much less would I have to work to try to calculate those government payments? How much more freedom would your life have if you yourself could start your own business, not being afraid of the IRS or of the dozens of regulatory agencies that work extra hard to keep you from competing with their corporate cronies?
My commitment to more hiring
Maybe I’m the first one to make this commitment — I hope that other bosses reading this will join me in posting their own commitment based on one simple action. If Ron Paul wins the Republican primary in the State of Illinois in 2012, I will increase my number of employees across all my businesses by 10%, starting in 2013. He doesn’t have to win as President, he just has to win in my home state. If that happens, it means the people are finally starting to realize that almost all the politicians are harming their chances at not just wealth, but at just getting out of poverty. A win in my state would mean that Illinoisans are finally starting to accept that more government means fewer opportunities for the individual.
If you’re a boss, join me in making this very commitment. That 10% growth will mean I’ll be 15% poorer starting in 2013, but I will be happy to lose that income if it means that the country is making a change. That change will reap everyone benefits — including me — when the voters finally oust their “leaders” from office and elect a follower who listens to the pulse of the hundreds of millions of individuals in this once-free nation, a nation that I believe will find freedom again.
If you’re a boss, please make this commitment. If you’re an employee, ask your boss to make this commitment. If you’re unemployed, ask those in your life who are employers or employees to read this and pass it on as needed.