First, Santa, I want a Congress that remembers they work for us.
I hope my letter isn’t too late. I’ve been good all year long. My list is different this year; I don’t need any more toys or dolls. I need your help with big things for small business.
First, Santa, I want a Congress that remembers they work for us. They seem like they don’t listen anymore. Maybe somebody spiked their Kool-Aid. When SMC went to Washington last spring and visited members of the Pennsylvania delegation we asked for their help to unleash the power of small business. Small business can create the jobs needed to solve soaring unemployment if only they would give us a hand. Instead we are threatened with the prospects of job-killing policies. Can you please ask them to listen to us??
Second, Santa, small businesses are having a very difficult time borrowing money. Creditworthy small businesses are closing every day. Congress helped Wall Street who caused all the problems in the first place but when it comes to Main Street all they seem to do is pat us on the back and thank us very nicely for being the engine of job growth. Help with our credit and financing needs is desperately needed so we can hire workers and stay afloat. Maybe you can look into this for me.
Third, Santa, I don’t know what they are doing with health care reform. Have they lost sight of their original goal? I thought the purpose of reform was to make health care more affordable since rising costs make it difficult for small employers to provide coverage to employees. The Congressional Budget Office analysis predicted little effect on premium costs for those in the small group market. Will health care be more expensive for small businesses and will we be buried by paperwork, new taxes, and “play or pay” mandates? Could you please ask Senator Reid about all of this when you get a chance?
Fourth, Santa, I am concerned about several pieces of labor legislation. The Employee Free Choice Act baffles me. Doing away with the secret ballot in forming unions has to be one of the most outrageous acts since Parliament slapped a tax on tea in 1767. Why would they want to let federal negotiators come into a company to work out an employee contract? That’s my job. See what you can find out about this.
Now Congress wants to have 5-7 days of mandatory paid sick leave for small companies. In this economy many small businesses are working just to keep the doors open. Mandates like this create a whole new set of administrative burdens and make it that much harder to operate and earn a profit. Don’t they think I know how to run my business?
Santa, I hope you can get me a few answers to the items on my list. I told you my list was different this year. I can’t wait to hear from you.
P.S. Eileen Anderson helped Virginia write this letter. Virginia dreams of one day being a successful entrepreneur.