Small Business Owners Uneasy
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Bill Glacken didn't hesitate when asked if the president is anti-business. "Yes," said Glacken, owner of a sporting events planning company. "There's always uncertainty in business but [even more so] if you have the feeling that someone is not out there to help you."
Daryl Hancock owns an information technology consulting company in Maryland and said Obama's sweeping changes to the health care industry and new restrictions on Wall Street have only exacerbated the uncertainty of a bad economy. Hancock said he's "very nervous" about the future and has put off improvements. "It's easier for me just to sit and wait," he said.
Jim Wordsworth, who owns eight businesses in Northern Virginia and chairs the Chamber's small-business council, said, "I'm offended. After all these years, I feel like I've done an evil thing, like profit is a bad thing."
Chamber President Tom Donohue echoed those concerns in his keynote speech to the gathering. He urged the president and congressional Democrats to lower taxes, pass pending free-trade agreements, ease newly passed regulations and increase drilling and logging on federal lands. "Very simply, the congressional majority and the administration took their eyes off the ultimate ball, creating those jobs," Donohue said. "Instead of continuing their partnership with the business community and embracing proven ideas for job creation, they attacked and demonized key industries."
"I don't believe the administration is anti-business," Donohue said in response to a question from POLITICO. "A lot of people want to start a fight between the business community and the administration; we're not going there. The president and his gang have a job to do. We have a job to do, ... and we're trying very hard to help liberate some of that capital and some of those companies to create jobs."
Let's keep our eye on the ball, the job is jobs.