February 15, 2006
hoops and hurdles
I've often thought about starting my own business. I think I have some pretty good ideas for making money, and most of 'em are legal, too. But I don't believe that I could deal with the headaches, the bullshit and the massive pains in the ass required to become an entrepreneur.
Just go read this to see what I mean.
Are all these licenses, permits, registrations and inspections really necessary for doing legitimate business in this country, or are they simply another way that government can squeeze money out of people through excessive regulation? As consumers, do WE get the bang out of the buck that this stuff costs? After all, WE are paying for it, not the business owner, in the form of higher costs for whatever goods or services the business provides.
A business that doesn't make a profit doesn't stay in business, unless it's Amtrak or some other taxpayer-financed entity. I sometimes wish that every business in this country operated THREE cash registers--- one to collect the money it actually costs to operate the business, one to deposit the actual profit from the sale, and the other to hold the government's hefty take off the transaction. Seeing that split might be a real eye-opener for a lot of people.
Buy a dollar's worth of doughnuts and watch a quarter go into the cost register, a nickel go into the profit register and seventy cents go into the government's register. Realize then, for the first time in your life, that you just paid a sneaky, underhanded 70% TAX for those doughnuts, even BEFORE sales taxes were added. (I just pulled those numbers outta my Cracker ass, but I'll wager that I'm pretty close to reality when you include ALL the costs government inflicts upon a business.) Does the government really do enough FOR you to justify that kind of TAKE? I don't think so, but I'm just a cynical old bastard.
Besides, I would never require a business to use three cash registers like that. It would increase operating expenses and drive up the cost of what I wanted to buy.
That's government's job.
I started a biz 12 years ago, and it was
Hassle City. But that was nothing compared
to dealing with the gov't assholes on a
constant basis. GOV'T WORKERS SUCK!
And the endless forms? I fib as much as
possible on them. Most of the time it works,
cause gov't workers don't give a damn.
I have been there and done that and I can assure you that the various governments from county to state and Feds tooks more out of my business than I did.
The majority of consummers cannot get it through their heads that they are the ones paying the taxes-not business. Business figures an acceptable profit margin based on the capital investment and ALL taxes and fees are passed on the the consummer. Moreover, in a small buiness even the personal income taxes are passed on to the consummer through the pricing system whether it be services or selling consummer goods.
Yeah, that's why I'm a full supporter of These Guys.
Actually, forget the website. Go buy the book and read it. It's one of those things that would so revolutionize government that it'll probably never happen; but just as I start really thinking that, I keep hearing people talking about it, and I think the politicos are starting to hear the rumbles too....
Someone at Kansas State University once did a study on how many kinds of taxes were applied to a loaf of bread. (Wheat is a huge crop in Kansas) He included every tax that would increase the cost of the bread.
Property tax. (gotta grow the wheat somewhere) Sales tax (for the seed, for the fertilizer, for the machines they use, ect and so forth) Taxes related to employment (all the extra money you give the government when you hire employees, which is sizeable) Taxes on fuel (farmers sometimes get tax-free gas, but the trucks that ship the bread don't). And it went on and on and on.
What he found was that if we were able to remove all the taxes the government forces on people, a loaf of bread would be between 35 and 50 cents. And that's for the PREMIUM stuff, not the generic, cheap white bread. If I recall correctly, there were 32 different taxes along the chain from growing to store shelf that increased the cost of the bread. If you get a loaf of seven-grain bread for $2.50, the company that actually makes the bread might pocket thirty cents in profit. And that's a MAYBE, depending on employee cost. Your mileage may vary.
32 different taxes. Unfucking real.
For a lot of years I dealt with business start-ups and it is pretty repulsive what is required to get a new business going -- and these are costs that must be paid whether the new business makes money or not. If it actually makes money, things get even worse.
But you know what? When it comes right down to making actual votes, a large number of voting Americans will vote for an expanded role of government each time they have a chance. It seems that people think rthat every problem imaginable must be solved as soon as possible, and can only be solved by government action. More government and more regulation means more security to many people, despite the fact that damn little of the new law passed in the 20th century did anything to increase anybody's security except for the job security of gummint employees.
I would estimate that 40% of American men, 90% of American women, and 100% of the coastal neuters will vote for anything no matter how ineffective, stupid and expensive, if they are told that it will make them more safe.
In other words, we have the increasingly collectivist government that we've been continuously demanding. We probably deserve it.
Damn. Now I feel like insulting somebody. It's a good thing I don't own a dog, or I might kick it.
The interventionists have made business so difficult I will never hire anyone. Who needs the headache?
Multiply me by thousands, and we see the result of labor law: greater unemployment.