The NAM article linked in the Washington Examiner article:
Small Businesses and Manufacturers: Government a Barrier, Not a Help, to Economic Growth
The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies (POS), surveyed 800 small business owners, manufacturers and decision-makers at small and medium-sized companies, with a majority (55 percent) saying the national economy is in a worse position compared to three years ago. Among the chief factors survey respondents cited were federal regulations, taxes, government spending and the cost of health insurance and energy.
Key survey findings include the following:
67 percent say there is too much uncertainty in the market today to expand, grow or hire new workers.
69 percent of small business owners and manufacturers say President Obama’s Executive Branch and regulatory policies have hurt American small businesses and manufacturers.
55 percent say they would not start a business today given what they know now and in the current environment.
54 percent say other countries like China and India are more supportive of their small businesses and manufacturers than the United States.
“Manufacturers have told policymakers in Washington time and again that uncertainty and a negative business environment is turning the American Dream into a nightmare,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “The findings of this survey show that manufacturers and other small businesses have a starkly negative outlook for their future—with good reason. There is far too much uncertainty, too many burdensome regulations and too few policymakers willing to put aside their egos and fulfill their responsibilities to the American people. …"
NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner said, “… Yet, instead of smoothing the way, our government continues to erect more barriers to growth through burdensome regulations that increase costs for small businesses and all Americans. It’s time Washington started listening to America’s job creators and offered real solutions to help us back to prosperity.”
Comservatives predicted 4 years ago that this would come be if Pres. Obama were elected and did what he said he’d do; ditto even earlier for many states’ tax-spend-and-regulate policies. As pleasant as it might be to suggest that conservatives who predicted it are geniuses, the truth is that ECON 101 and ECON 102 grade stupid mistakes have fairly predictable consequences. What’s sad is that many in DC and various state capitals (e.g. Sacramento, Sacramento and Sacramento!) are full tax-and-spend and full regulate ahead.