And it makes about as much sense as you might expect.
Oh joy: Hillary offers her thoughts on how to ‘jump start small business’
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It’s hard to imagine anything more frightening than the image above (and just think how it must make Bat Boy feel), but one possibility might be the prospect of Hillary Clinton developing strategies for how to “jump start small business.” I have been a small business owner since 1999, and it’s hard to imagine anything in common between good small business practices and the things Hillary Clinton does.
Then again, maybe I’m the problem because I really don’t have the opportunity to bribe foreign governments, pull shady cattle futures deals or get massive advances on books that won’t even generate enough revenue to pay back said advances. Maybe I just suck at this. Then again, I haven’t actually done all that badly on the whole, so I’m guessing that if you want to know how to do well running a small business, you’d be better off asking someone like me than someone who has never had a serious private sector job in her life.
But that’s not going to stop Hillary from trying to sound - and not very convincingly mind you - that she has the slightest idea what she’s talking about:
And yet, as I travel around the country, I hear signs of optimism. Just yesterday, I sat down with a group of small business owners at Bike Tech in Cedar Falls, Iowa. I met a young man named Brad Magg. He started his first catering business at 15 with a loan from a local bank — they were willing to take a chance on a very young entrepreneur after years of watching him sell baked goods while in elementary school. At 20, Brad decided he wanted to start a restaurant — just as the owner of the local ice cream shop, Goldie’s, was getting ready to retire. He bought the business from Goldie herself (and liked the name so much he kept it). Like many business owners, Brad struggled to make ends meet during the Great Recession, so he sought help from a Small Business Administration program in his town. With support and sheer determination, he was able to save his business. Today Goldie’s Ice Cream Shoppe has grown from one and a half employees to almost 30.
That’s the spirit that got Americans through the Great Recession. And as we come back from the crisis, potential new business owners and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to Des Moines to Brooklyn are ready to seize the moment. All they need are policies that help them get ahead instead of holding them back.
Notice the key to the turnaround experienced by “Brad” or whatever his name really is: He availed himself of a government program. That’s what you have to do! At least in Hillaryworld. Maybe he’s Hillary’s male equivalent of Obama’s Julia, whose entire life consisted of little more than a litany of government programs that allowed her to make it from morning to noon to night.
By the way, I’ll be happy to disclose this: I did once get an SBA loan, and it was one of the worst things I ever did. I carried the debt for five years and it constantly killed my cash flow. What I should have done was allowed my venture to grow gradually and organically. One of the things liberals constantly get wrong when they talk about business is thinking access to borrowed capital is the answer. No. You should avoid debt at almost all costs. Just because the government thinks it can borrow unto enternity with no consequences doesn’t mean it’s a good idea for you - but for God’s sakes, don’t listen to politicians telling you what you need as a small business owner.
If you want to do well in small business, you don’t listen to someone like Hillary Clinton. She doesn’t know anything about it. You go and talk to someone who has done it successfully, and by the way you’d be surprised how many people will be only too happy to share what they know. It’s bad enough that she wants to run the government - as disastrous as that would be. Don’t let her run your business too.