Dealth by a thousand cuts

July 25, 2011 Leave a comment

As the states get more desperate for revenue they are find themselves going after companies with more diligence and ferocity.  Many companies not able to provide necessary documentation for taxes paid or permits submitted and subsequently are finding themselves paying stiff fees.  In many cases the companies in question are just settling with a state just to reduce the burden caused by the time involved in dealing with that issues.

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Actions to solve the trade deficit

July 24, 2011 1 comment

Once we have understood the frivolous constraints that restrict small and mid-sized businesses from being competitive, we must rank and rate each issue highlighting and quantifying its effect on business.  This must be done by interviewing real small business owners that operate businesses between $20 mil and $200 mil.  Going through the P&L will highlight areas of expense that are NOT directly related to the development, production and sale of the products or services.  Once identified and multifaceted action plan must take place to remove or reduce these constraints.

While we cannot burden imports with levees without causing a trade war.  We can assist our local businesses with federal assistance related to environmental remediation and energy subsidies relating to alternative energy.  For instance, if we can incentive local manufacturing by offering extreme subsidies for the use of solar power even to the point of building the solar array’s and providing the energy at a rate well below market rate for traditional energy, we will find American business coming home.  This has a two fold effect.  It makes manufacturing in the US more attractive by assisting with government subsidies on energy and it reduces our energy dependence on foreign sources of energy.

This is just one of a multi-pronged approach to trade balance.

 

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Who can we learn from?

July 24, 2011 Leave a comment

The leadership of our country has been content to learn about how American can compete from the smartest and most successful people in our society.  These people are titans of industry, new technology start-ups CEO’s, economists and professors.  However, for every Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Welch there are 1000 companies and the people behind them that are struggling to maintain profitability.  These are companies that may not own their markets or are sometime forced to compete internationally with little inherent competitive advantage and possibly constrained resources.

If American is to end the 35 year history of negative trade balance we must truly understand the burdens put on these businesses that result in decreased efficiencies.  There is no magic bullet to change the tide of trade we have chosen, but understanding the frivolous constraints that a business has to overcome on a day to day basis is the the first step in changing the tide of  negative trends that we are seeing from all angles.

The Future is NOW!

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

When the next generation is dealing with an economy absent of industry and second rate among world powers 1/4 it’s size, what are you going to tell them?  Are you going to blame it on other or are you going to do your part to attempt to direct this country in the right direction?

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