Guest Post: Here's Why Small Business Isn't Hiring, Part II

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Hard1's picture

Sorry Bitchez, not hiring today!!!

Freddie's picture

2 words why they are not hiring especially after Nov 2008: Hope & Change


CH1's picture

I reordered my life and got rid of employees a long time ago. It is simply not worth the hassle. I'd rather make less money and actually enjoy my life... and enjoy my work.

Having employees sucks.

James's picture

Rage & Outrage coming to America!

Era Vulgaris's picture

I did the same. Should have done it a long time ago. Much happier now with a lot fewer headaches.

sethstorm's picture

No thanks for helping to destroy the US.


honestann's picture

HE didn't destroy the USSA.  The predators did.

sethstorm's picture

His actions to contribute to the unemployment rate did.

e_goldstein's picture

got 3 more.

"no longer participating."

Hard1's picture

Stage of denial

ArkansasAngie's picture

Paperwork efficiency has become a competitive advantage.

Take away that and their tax advantages and ... of course ... moral hazard and the small guy would be able to duke it out with them.  As it is innovation -- whether product or business mdel gets kicked in the teeth before the starter pistol goes off.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Too true ArkansasA.
I think both of the things you point out are huge tells.
1. If paper-work efficiency is rewarded, you know you are in a socialist system, classic hall-mark. The US is clearly USSA now, has been for decades.

2. Innovation is not encouraged unless it's clear that a large part of the benefits go to the cartel. I've been at the stamp-down boot heel edge of that for many years now. The system does not encourage innovation, especially not radical innovation.


bigwavedave's picture

need a tax holiday to bring back that $1 trillion in overseas big corp profits to 'invest' in more m&a..... 

Freebird's picture

Hiring? Still firing.

sethstorm's picture

That's what you get when employers end up with inordinate amounts of power.

PaperBugsBurn's picture

So in other words Amerika is choking on its own greed. Gordon Gekko is long gone with the loot, bitchez! Now what?

NOTaREALmerican's picture

Now what?


Exactly.   Applied-socialism / crony-capitalism always end this way.   The politically connected loot,  everybody else is either oblivious or hoping they'll get in on the scams.

Nothing you can do about,  everybody denies the socialism they got rich off of was actually socialism.   Duplicity makes the world go round.

oogs66's picture

i still think there are no orders...people aren't buying crap because they either already have it, or don't have jobs, or both, so until people are lining up orders, businesses won't hire.  business people - ceo's of fortune 500 companies, and small business owners are no better at forecasting the next year than anyone else.  they extrapolate the past couple weeks, with the orders they know and annualize it.  they all over hired at the peak, and may be understaffed at worst time, but it has little to do with policies, etc, if they could sell more than they are producing they would hire...plain and simple

Auricle of Omaha's picture

Every day I think about walking away from my business and instead start delivering pizzas. Why work so hard just to make sure everyone else gets paid?

Anyway, got to go... I forgot that I have to head on over to to make my monthly deposit.

Kali's picture

Hear ya there.  Have liquidated and cut back to the bone.  I ain't working my ass off anymore to make sure gov thugs can earn their fat paychecks and golden bennies, while helping my rival corps. Another small biz person gone Galt.

sethstorm's picture

How about having your actions not do collateral damage?  Not everyone owns a business, but that doesn't mean everyone else is a bureaucrat.

Vlad Tepid's picture

And how many businesses do you run, Seth?  How many employees are on your beneficent payroll?

CH1's picture

Drop out, my friend. Stop making other people happy and start making yourself happy.

Status is a scam.

krispkritter's picture

Shuttered the corp and just started shaving all the 'excess' costs paid to BigGov, Inc. What a joke. Now everything I do is under the radar as much as possible. Want to tax my bartering? Good luck...BTW, EFTPS blows. Another gov't POS. And don't give them any password you use for any other purpose, their reps can see them all.

sethstorm's picture

Do what you want, but the government always will find folks that want to be thorns in their side.

Rainman's picture

I might be stupidly naive, but I still believe in that old " what goes around comes around " prophecy. The Bigs might blow up human dreams with their economic terrorism, but it'll eventually take them down in the process. Corrupt governments too. Over a long enough timeline enough hungry ants will kill and consume an elephant.

mynhair's picture

Why Small Business isn't hiring:










you get the picture......

How many of you use water filters?

Jendrzejczyk's picture

Excellent list. May we add:

-local motor vehicle admins raising fees

-brutal parking enforcement,

-speed/red light camera fines

-unemployment insurance hikes because we had to lay off employees and the rates pole vaulted from 2% to 9%

-credit card interest now at 17%

-no credit available even if we wanted to risk expanding

-customers have less money and no credit left

-many of the newly unemployed must work at any price so freelancers are putting downward pressure on margins.

I'll stop now.

mynhair's picture

Yep, you get the picture.  Woe be us.

CH1's picture

And don't forget class envy. It poisons employees. You're a boss... of course you have enough money to give them more!

Grinder74's picture

don't forget the f'n SEC

a la #4:

 start-up hf sued for "fraud", has not assets to pay "penalty", goes bankrupt

 JPM sued for "fraud", pays penalty less than 5% of profits, stays in business to make billions more


Grinder74's picture

don't forget the f'n SEC

a la #4:

 start-up hf sued for "fraud", has no assets to pay "penalty", goes bankrupt

 JPM sued for "fraud", pays penalty less than 5% of profits, stays in business to make billions more


bob_dabolina's picture

#4 is huge and I can't stress that enough. 

It's ridiculous and the blame rests 100% on the shoulders of government. Take this one example. Inspectors shut down a 7 year olds lemonade stand because...get this, she didn't pay her $120 temporary restaurant license.

In Bethesda, Md., a lemonade stand near the U.S. Open was shut down because the kids operating it weren’t carrying a vendors license

Another issue this touches on is this maniacal obsession with green energy. It is preposterous. The amazing thing about this obsession is that the government goes out of their way to make the carbon based energy complex non-existent. We haven't built an oil refinery in this country in 10 years. This behavior triggers two primary consequences; i. it hurts good paying domestic jobs; ii. it raises domestic energy prices. Here is the funny thing, this idea is heralded around to save the planet (which is bullshit) and you have countries like China that just do not give a shit. They will raise power plants all day long and pump all kinds of stuff into into the atmosphere like it's no ones business. I don't know if anyone knows which way the wind blows (jet stream) but all that shit blows in this direction. So we kill our jobs to save the environment and what happens?  China hires people and pollutes us anyway.  

The whole point of this green energy revolution (kicked off by Al Gore who is inline to make billions from this) is another form of government control. It's one more avenue they have to get up in your business and dictate your life. They want to tell you what type of light bulb to buy, how much you drive your car, how warm your house should be, etc, etc. Furthermore, they are poised to make lots of money from this scam. If they can tell you what products you must buy and they have a vested interest in companies that produce those products (Al Gore) than of course they are gona' make a killing. And if you think Al Gore is doing everything he can to reduce his own carbon foot print than I have some Lehman stock to sell you.

In the mean time we can all enjoy $50 light bulbs because that's what's good for us. 

If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”

-Thomas Jefferson


NOTaREALmerican's picture

Re : In the mean time we can all enjoy $50 light bulbs because that's what's good for us.


You can't pretend to want no socialism in one area and then turn a blind-eye toward socialism in another area.


Big-MIC:   The original Big-Gov scam.  Been going strong for 50+ years.   Completely captive to the crony-capitalists that own it.

Big-Ag:  Gentlemen farm subsidies (for the Emu's)

Big-Road, Big-Water:  For the developers.

Big-Airport:  More government concrete.

Big-FIRE:  Too big to fail. 

Big-AntiDrug:   How long as that scam been going?

Big-PoliceState:   The future.


Socialism is socialism:  capital (loot) allocated to politically connected cronies.  We lost the 2nd world war when we let Big-MIC turn the country into a crony-capitalist hell.  



NOTaREALmerican's picture

What they got rich on, the socialism, everybody loves.  

random shots's picture

Small business is the current bubble. Too many idiots who were laid off in the last recession go into business for themselves and are saved by the biggest consumption bubble in ages and cheap debt. When it stops they have to go back to the factory...oh wait.

Gatorman3's picture

Actually most of those idiots are long gone and already milking the system leaving us hard working fools.

random shots's picture

Those were the truely stupid. The ones that are left had some savings going into this recession...there are a lot of these folks who are now exhausting their funds and hoping we can go back to 2006.

sagerxx's picture

This small biz owning idiot is still here, thanks. Although income is down about 60% (went from arguing with the wife whether we should put in a hot tub or a steam shower to juuust barely making it). Now figuring out whether to renew our biz lease in 9 months (assuming the world is still here), or if I should get into small-scale sustainable farming. Prolly end up doing both...

TheMerryPrankster's picture

If you thought making a living with a small biz was difficult wait until you try farming. Mother nature has an infinite variety of pests that always seem to enjoy whatever you grow and of course rain, wind and hail rarely seem to cooperate with your planting schedule. Everything is perishable.

But of course nothing beats the magic of turning dirt into food with only time, effort and a little cooperation from nature. Watch out for chipmunks, they are the IRS of the food chain and will try to take 30% of every crop, while offering you nothing in return.

mynhair's picture

Why Small Business isn't hiring:

Cuz Boner brought up the "100W bulb" under circumstances where 2/3 majority was required to pass.

This calls for this one, just be over 18.

Keep hoarding those 100W bulbs!

Unless you marry a pair.

zorba THE GREEK's picture

 Hey, them little bastards were cutting into my action. They had 

 unfair advantage not paying for license. Shut em down, it will be

 good lesson for them to learn about real business world.

 Now I can sell bottle water for $3.00 each. (cost .22)

tbone654's picture

Now let the local government (liberal city of milwaukee) add a requirement that ALL full time employees must have 12 paid sick days per year, and all part time employees must have 6 paid sick days per year...  and bye bye Harley Davidson, they've moved out to the local suburbs...

Now let the state government (was liberal governor Doyle) add a new requirement called "combined reporting" that allows WI dept of revenue to collect an additional $22 MILLION each year from Harley Davidson because they have assembly plants in York PA and KC MO...  and bye bye Harley Davidson, they will probably move to Texas...  or mexico...

ack!  who doesn't get this?

honestann's picture

Almost everyone doesn't get it, apparently.

The only way to make sense of everything that's happening is to get to understand the situation at the most fundamental level.  What is the fundamental level?

predators DBA government
predators DBA corporations
predators DBA central banks

In other words, the fundamental that virtually nobody identifies correctly is... they are predators.

Just consider the nature of predators.  They grab whatever they can, whenever they can, however they can.  They don't think long term, they leave long term thinking and action to the prey they consume.  The predators just get away with whatever they can.  They have exactly ZERO concern for honesty, ethics, justice or production... except to scam, coopt and destroy the first three in order to steal and consume the last.

This is how people must understand what is happening, or they will become utterly consumed and destroyed by the predators.  Predators CANNOT be reasoned with.  Predators CANNOT be bargained with.  Predators CANNOT be counted on to comply with agreements.

The only successful way to deal with predators is to cage or kill them.  Period.  As long as humans continue to treat predators like "good, upstanding citizens" because they wear fancy suits and walk upright, the predators will utterly dominate every honest, ethical, benevolent, productive individual.

And what stops the honest, the ethical, the benevolent, the productive?  Only one thing.  Their failure to recognize and identify exactly what is the fundamental phenomenon playing out in the world, which is...

predators gone wild.

And nothing else.

Freddie's picture

Harley makes shit that is screwed together by union thugs.  Total junk. 

The only good thing about Harley is it reduces SS and Medicare cuts because loads of old guys get killed riding those junk bikes.

Id fight Gandhi's picture

I thought Harley sourced to china, all their boots, shirts and jackets are made there.

Harley just equals a midlife crisis anymore

honestann's picture

It is really quite simple.  Anyone who is not utterly and completely insane would refuse to risk any significant time, effort, money or resources starting a small business in an utterly out-of-control predator-state like the USSA.

A lot of already existing small business owners have shut down because the predator behavior isn't worth dealing with.  Expect a LOT more people to follow suit.  40% of doctors claim they intend to retire or find other work if Obamacare goes into force, either because they refuse to care for their customers however government thugs demand, or because they refuse to be slaves to government thugs themselves, or because it just isn't worth it.

These are appropriate decisions.  I left the USSA while the leaving was good, and I'm very happy to be free of these considerations for my own life.