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They Are Murdering Small Business: The Percentage Of Self-Employed Americans Is At A Record Low

They Are Murdering Small Business - The Percentage Of Self-Employed Americans Is At A Record Low - Photo by Tina McKimmieThe percentage of Americans that are working for themselves has never been lower in the history of the United States.  Once upon a time, the United States was a paradise for entrepreneurs and small businesses, but now the control freak bureaucrats that dominate our society have created a system that absolutely eviscerates them.  This is very unfortunate, because by murdering small business, the bureaucrats are destroying the primary engine of job growth in this country.  One of the big reasons why there are not enough jobs in America today is because small business creation is way down.  As I mentioned yesterday, entrepreneurs and small businesses are being absolutely devastated by rules, regulations, red tape and by oppressive levels of taxation.  If anyone doubts that small business in the United States is dying, just look at the charts below.  Sadly, this is what the bureaucrats that run things want.  They don’t want us to be independent of the system.  Instead, they are much more comfortable when as many of us as possible are heavily dependent on the system in one way or another.  If all of us have to go running to the government or to one of the big corporations for a job, then we are much easier to control.  But as the control freaks continue to construct their bureaucratic utopia, they are also killing off what once made the U.S. economy so great.

The other day I came across the following two charts in an article by Charles Hugh Smith, and I was absolutely stunned by what I saw.  This first chart shows that the number of unincorporated self-employed Americans has dropped back to levels that we have not seen since the mid-1980s even though our population has increased by tens of millions of people since that time…

The Number Of Self-Employed Americans

As you can see, from 1970 to the mid-1990s the number of unincorporated self-employed Americans rose steadily.  But in the mid-1990s it began to level off and now it is falling rapidly.

This next chart shows the percentage of self-employed Americans as a share of non-farm employment.  In other words, those that work on farms are excluded from this chart.  The percentage of self-employed Americans was fairly stable between 1970 and 1990, but since 1990 it has been steadily eroding and it has now reached a level never seen before…

Self-Employed As A Share Of Non-Farm Employment

At this point, only about 7 percent of non-farm workers are self-employed.  That is depressingly low.  That means that an overwhelming majority of those that are employed in America are working for the system in one capacity or another.

But isn’t that what we pound into the heads of our children these days?  We teach them to work hard in school so that they can “get a good job” when they grow up.  From a very early age we train our children to plug themselves into the system.

Not that working for someone else is wrong.  Of course not.  It is just that we are not fostering a spirit of entrepreneurship in America today.  In fact, we seem to be doing everything that we can to kill it off.

In a previous article, I detailed how the number of new businesses (and the number of jobs those businesses create) has been steadily declining.  In particular, this decline has accelerated dramatically under the Obama administration.  According to an analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data performed by economist Tim Kane, the following is how the decline in the number of startup jobs per 1000 Americans breaks down by presidential administration

Bush Sr.: 11.3

Clinton: 11.2

Bush Jr.: 10.8

Obama: 7.8

Is that a good trend or a bad trend?

It doesn’t take an advanced degree in economics to figure out where things are going.

Kane speculated about why we are witnessing such a decline in his paper

There is anecdotal evidence that the U.S. policy environment has become inadvertently hostile to entrepreneurial employment. At the federal level, high taxes and higher uncertainty about taxes are undoubtedly inhibiting entrepreneurship, but to what degree is unknown. The dominant factor may be new regulations on labor.  The passage of the Affordable Care Act is creating a sweeping alteration of the regulatory environment that directly changes how employers engage their workforces, and it will be some time until those changes are understood by employers or scholars. Separately, there has been a federal crackdown since 2009 by the Internal Revenue Service on U.S. employers that hire U.S. workers as independent contractors rather than employees, raising the question of mandatory benefits. New firms tend to use part-time and contract staffing rather than full-time employees during the startup stage. According to Labor Department data, the typical American today only takes home 70 percent of compensation as pay, while the rest is absorbed by the spiraling cost of benefits (e.g., health insurance). The dilemma for U.S. policy is that an American entrepreneur has zero tax or regulatory burden when hiring a consultant/contractor who resides abroad. But that same employer is subject to paperwork, taxation, and possible IRS harassment if employing U.S.-based contractors. Finally, there has been a steady barrier erected to entrepreneurs at the local policy level. Brink Lindsey points out in his book Human Capitalism that the rise of occupational licensing is destroying startup opportunities for poor and middle class Americans.

In my previous article, I also pointed out some of the other statistics that show that small business in America is dying…

-According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. economy lost more than 220,000 small businesses during the last recession.

-As a share of the population, the percentage of Americans that are self-employed fell by more than 20 percent between 1991 and 2010.

-As a share of the population, the percentage of “new entrepreneurs and business owners” dropped by a staggering 53 percent between 1977 and 2010.

Unfortunately, this is a crisis that has taken decades to develop and that there are not any easy solutions for.  But there are certain factors that should be addressed immediately.  The following are some of the things that are contributing to the murder of self-employment and small business in America…

#1 Taxes: The IRS seems to especially enjoy tormenting entrepreneurs and small businesses.  In fact, things have gotten so bad that even late night talk show hosts are joking about it.  Recently, NBC Tonight Show host Jay Leno joked that if Barack Obama really wanted to close down Guantanamo Bay, he should “do what he always does: declare it a small business and tax it out of existence”

#2 Ridiculous Regulations: If you have ever tried to start a small business, you probably know how frustrating it can be dealing with government red tape.  In particular, the federal government has burdened our small businesses with gigantic mountains of rules and regulations and it gets worse with each passing day.

#3 State Governments That Are Openly Hostile To Business: A perfect example of this is the state of California.  In 2011, the state of California ranked 50th out of all 50 states in new business creation, and yet they just continue to pass more legislation that hurts small businesses.

#4 Obamacare: Our broken healthcare system is a tremendous burden on small businesses, and Obamacare is going to make things much worse.

#5 The One World Trade Agenda: In many industries, U.S. small businesses simply cannot compete against products made by workers that are being paid slave labor wages on the other side of the globe.

#6 Predator Corporations: Time after time we have seen corporate giants extract huge tax breaks and other enormous concessions from local officials which give them an overwhelming advantage.  But once the corporate giant moves into town, many of the existing small businesses find that they cannot compete and are forced to shut down.

#7 Our Corrupt Political System: On the national level, elections are almost always won by the politician that raises the most money.  Our politicians know that their careers depend on raising money, so they tend to be very good to those that they get big money from.  There is a reason why big corporations spend billions of dollars on campaign contributions and lobbying.  They do it because it works.  Over the decades, the big corporations have been able to shift the rules of the game massively in their favor, and this has been to the detriment of entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Can you think of any other factors that you would add to this list?  Please feel free to share your opinion by leaving a comment below…

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  • Pouteria

    A very significant factor in the lack of self employment in USA compared to say Australia and other Euopean styled nations is the poor health care available in USA. Any American with a job that provides health care is NOT going to venture into self employment when it means losing health benefits.

    In the civilized world, people do not go bankrupt or lose their lhome due to medical bills.

  • Clwtrdan

    A lot of people are working under the table for themselves for cash and collecting food stamps, housing assistance, medicaid, and/or disability because the regulations drove them out of business and the benefits are so easy to get. This includes undocumented workers as well as American born citizens. And, they take in more income from it all than when they were legit. Home repairs, lawn service, home cleaning, pressure washing, etc.

  • valerie

    well when i return to the states im becoming a minimalist. its all about primal survival. if i have to eat just once a day so be it.

  • SolidCitizen

    Add to the list.. #1) Failing high schools and universities. #2) Drugged up and Boozed up workers. #3) The long term subsidized unemployed 99 weeks, with FoodStamps and Medicare…(Why work, when you can get buy on handouts). Lastly #4) “Utilities” Energy Costs (Gasoline, Gas, Electricity), Water, Sanitation .. all those “services” government uses to TAX business their “Fair Share”

  • Justanotherguy

    A factor not covered or mentioned is the “self employed” that are working off paper, except for cash. Everyone I know is doing this. No hassle, no paper trail, just work and get paid every week in cash.

    Works really well.

  • Bob

    Sorry, but large corporations are the backbone of the American economy. With more than half of Americans working for one of 170 corporations, it is simply a fact at this point. Not that I like it that way.

  • johncentralnewjersey

    obama is an economic disaster .. here I think smart businesses are simply going underground and not paying taxes to obama

  • jewhader

    small business/independent people are the natural enemies of communism

    unfortunately, until the collapse, communism is winning for now

  • D OS

    Why is it that “the drones” of this admin can’t get the message that Obamas Policies are socialist in nature. The dolts can’t be THAT STUPID can they??
    The TRUE QUESTION is WHY are they SO DUMB? I guess if your on the Obama Gravy Train then why GROW A SPINE and defect from the GREATEST SOCIALIST IN AMERICAN HISTORY?

  • Walter Ziobro

    More and more the US looks like Europe, where everyone works either for the government, or some megabusiness. Any wonder Europe has a large class of permanently unemployed?

  • Walter Ziobro

    Oh, and don’t forget how big businesses like to buy up patents of new inventors, NOT to develop the product, but to shut down a potential competitor.

  • nocab

    Small business like lawn care painters roofers carpenters mechanics , the jobs being stolen every day by illegal immigrants . . The 11million + illegals that obama and his gang of 8 want to sell out too . America for sale .

  • Dead Himmler

    This really smells of racism against the unions. In order to make things right The Reparations Bill 464 should be pushed through with the executive order. $9,000.00 per African American per year along with current assistance is a good start. I think it would change things for the better including reducing white guilt and helping the economy. It would be a demand side push for the economy. Taxes are historically low and need to rise significantly to jump start the economy. A bank tax of 8% on accounts over $25,000 would be more than appropriate to pay for it. I know that if I receive more from the government I will spend more. See how that works?? This country owes our people a huge debt and it’s about time we took it back!!!!!

    • azgirl

      Yes, yes, yes. I’m sure Perfesser Pelosi would wholeheartedly agree with you. She pointed out that the higher the unemployment rate, the more the economy is stimulated. If only we could achieve 100% unemployment, America would be great again! It’s a challenge, but we’re getting there.

      • Dead Himmler

        Doesn’t matter what you think. YOU will still owe money. The wounds of slavery reach into this generation only with African Americans. FACT. Sorry but that’s the way it is. Life is not totally fair sometimes. You also sound a very racist to me!!!

        • ms20

          Well then you better work to heal those wounds or ‘your’ people will remain at the bottom of the ladder of success. Advancement and success cannot be given to anyone, they must be earned or they will not hold. Period. It is not the fault of anyone that you can not move on. Slavery has existed since the beginning of time and exists today.

    • ms20

      I can only hope you are being sarcastic. But if not I certainly fear for your sanity.
      1. I feel no ‘white guilt’ whatsoever.
      2. No one owes ‘your’ people a thing.

      • localnet

        I get so tired of hearing this racist crap and how this particular group is so special. The insanity of the left continues its long march to destruction.

  • Patrck

    Has anyone considered the possibility that more people are working their small business off the grid? If it’s under the table, the government can’t tax or regulate it… until they find you. My understanding is that’s how things got done in the old Soviet Union.

    • ms20

      So now we have to work like the old Soviet Union?

  • american

    In Wyoming, to open any small mine, there is a one inch thick notebook full of the regulations and forms (albeit with examples of how to fill them out). One also gets the idea it will not be feasible economically to start a small mine. One geologist said in almost thirty years of working in the state, every time a mineral discovery was made, all the federal and state agencies seemed to work in concert to shut it down. Want to go prospecting and have the highest chance of finding something? Go to all the Wilderness Study Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wildlife Refuges, Parks, etc., because in my opinion alot of them have been created to prevent extraction of known or highly likely resources.

  • Dell Richards

    This article is spot on.

    Being a small business owner for 30 years in the Detroit Area, I can tell you the local economy only continues to get worse. Just this morning I was counting the empty small commercial buildings on a local main street… and no one is going to occupy those buildings again. Energy cost is too high (high heat bills here in MI) taxes are among the highest in the country. (property owners in Michigan have to pay the majority for schools-) I’m almost the last remaining business on my street (7 lane highway) the rest are vacant. Our local Mayor bragged at his state of the city address about how much money the city collected in fines from local businesses… fines for petty ordnance violations.
    Every day I consider closing and just becoming a all cash business… maybe even collect some government assistance.. food stamps… wic card… Obama phone.
    The stats posted in this article confirmed my biggest fears.

    • localnet

      I’m from the Detroit area too, working up in North Dakota right now. You are right, the Michigan economy is not getting any better and the regulatory mess is just that, a mess.

  • SerfCityHereWeCome

    What’s the word “Self” doing in the headline?

  • Glen Hays

    The suffering of Americans, especially entrepreneurs, is Obama’s dream. A communist dream from his father. Never, ever vote for a traitor progressive.

  • SerfCityHereWeCome

    Now lissssten up folkssssss. I’m the jobsss presssident. When I came to power, almosssst 7% of Americansssss weren’t working. Now, almosssst 7% of Americanssss ARE working. Vorwartsss! Er, I mean Forward…!

  • anythingnewyork

    More on “Predator Corporations”: Look at how Google is dealt with differently in Europe as opposed to how it is dealt with in America on the anti-trust issue. The US government sides with Google to hurt small businesses. As a big corporation, Google has advantage over small businesses in many different ways. It control which small businesses (small search engines) can get exposure through its search engine. So, even though it has the resources to build whatever necessary to compete against small search engines, it does not even bother to build what is needed to compete. It simply does not even allow competition to exist. And then it uses its vast financial resources to influence the US government to allow it to kill off competitions.

  • Richard Ritchey

    You cannot destroy and re-write the constitution without first destroying the nations financial system to gain support from the people for government to rise up, and fix the problem for the citizens that the government created to begin with. These techniques have been used by government for eons against their citizens. They first have to disarm the public for this plan to work.

  • ncpg

    Obama and the Left intend to kill “American Individualism”, which spawned America’s greatest years. It’s like reading America’s obituary, isn’t it?

  • Jenna Povey

    Here’s some things I’ve come across as obstacles:

    1. Bizarre state taxes. Virginia, for example, charges a tax of X percent of the value of all equipment used in a business. This tax is charged even if the business made a loss. It disproportionately hits small businesses and contractors who have a lot of equipment, such as pest control specialists, landscapers, and professional photographers.
    2. Landlords who make it a lease violation to have a home office. (I know this is not government, but it’s an issue some people face).
    3. Competition from overseas. Freelancers in many areas are forced to take very low wages, often WELL below minimum wage, in order to compete with workers in the Third World. Companies get used to paying these extremely low rates and refuse to pay what a US worker needs to survive.
    4. The U,S. has a much lower threshold at which a business owner is required to pay self employed taxes than other countries. It starts at $400. In contrast, the U.K. does not expect a self-employed person to pay National Insurance, the equivalent, until they are also earning enough to pay income tax. Note to those who have never been self employed: SE tax is BOTH halves of the payroll tax. So, twice as much payroll tax as an employed person pays….to be paid even if you’re making pin money.
    5. Taxation complexity. But that’s a problem for all of us.

    These are all for people who aren’t employing anyone but themselves.

  • comprof

    Obama’s administration is destroying small business and the buying power of poorer people.

  • Jeremy Couts

    Self employed gave up paying taxes long ago. They collect ‘benefits’ on the side.

  • Michael Bush

    Reason #5, out-sourcing to third world and communist countries would still happen if we lowered taxes and regulations. making american workers who happen to be consumers compete for jobs with slaves is immoral and pure greed and should not be considered a savy business move. no econominc model states addin communist or exploited labor to a sound free economy.

  • dan

    Nice work. Really appreciate the hard work that goes into your articles. Just a heads up, if Swiss America is going to use your content in their weekly news letter they need to give you a real live link back to your site.
    Otherwise it’s not curation it closer to theft.


  • Trent Carr

    “entrepreneurs and small businesses are being absolutely devastated by
    rules, regulations, red tape and by oppressive levels of taxation.”

    Yep. And Obamacare is the last nail in the coffin for many small businesses.

  • Aptitude

    The government has not bothered me.
    It is the capitalist scumbag customer
    in Amerika that thinks my work & labor is
    humiliating & will not pay me a fair wage;
    therefore causing the government
    to make up the difference.
    BTW I am a Paint Contractor
    presently working in Beverly Hills.
    Why is the new motto in the USA
    “Game the System”

    • ms20

      Get out of Beverly Hills, they are known for not paying those who do work for them. You might be better off just a bit further out. Were real people work real jobs for real money. Instead of those who work in the “industry”.

      • Aptitude

        You mean the Ameikan Dream is false, rich people are A–holes
        & I must profile my customers.
        Arbeit macht frei.

  • Dreamofmydad

    Wow, so sad to hear.
    Not one mainstream Economics journalist asks
    A question, or questions the answers spinned, not one, is a true journalist.

  • Christian

    What this article is showing is the decline of reported self employed businesses not just a decline over all. This could be where the 2 trillion dollar black economy is gaining strength from. People are using their trades and skills for money under the table in silent revolt against taxes. It is this economy that saved the nation from total collapse.

  • John Dale

    Corporate fascism – no room for small business competition. They want it all.

  • Blackhawk

    A great deal of info. Good work mr. curtis.

    • mr. curtis

      thank you its my small way of helping out the world.

  • skyshoes

    What nonsense backed up with more nonsense backed up by scare and fear garbage. Right wing nuts should stay way from numbers, they don’t know how they work.

    I am in the web business. I work with small businesses and businesspeople. All the Joe lunchpail and cubicle workers HAVE to start businesses and many have. Some have had to start two or three small entities to make it.

    I live in a southern (conservative/economic mayhem) state and in a county that is decimated from conservative economic woes (republican). It is like ground zero for conservative economic idiocy.

    Numerous people are waking up and doing the things that were stuffed in the back of their minds and taking the tough but fulfilling road to owning their own businesses. They are reuilding the foundation of this country.

    I know people who are natural paranoiacs love reading blather like this article but even though one of the conservative scams is yelling about not raising taxes for schools, firemen and police, while they sneak large increases in fees for businesses, you can incorporate yourself and start writing off part of you home office, vehicle used for work, travel (for business) and many more advantages.

    I am calling this scare mongering rube out. Small businesses are on the rise. They have to be. I am sorry for all people curled up in their basements holding their three or four gold coins that believe this tripe, but for the rest of you… Get out there and make something HAPPEN!

    • Joey D’Fixer

      The only thing you are calling out is that you are obviously stuck in a world of arrested development and the whole circus of L/R political football theater that is nothing more than an illusion, spewing retarded and overplayed memes like ‘right wing nuts’. Im surprised you didnt spew the ‘conthpeewhuthee theewee’ meme as well, because ya know, the economy of the US, poverty, jobs, the labor force, food stamps, US debt, banker debt, student debt, WS fraud, innovation and manufacturing is just doing so effing perfect today. Im sure you probably listen to Toure and Chris Matthews who tell you everything is just fine and to keep your head buried in the trough of bs and spin games, but most people are awake to what is really going on now.

      All you are doing is cherry-picking some small instance in your own little Skinner-box world, whether true or not, while ignoring the obvious, proven and irrefutable evidence laid out here and on thousands of other outlets, as well as within the beltway and MSM as well in some cases.

      So, please, take your partisan garbage and ad hominem bs elsewhere.

      • skyshoes

        Step out of the bunker and start a business. It will do you good. Business people are saving this country. I live by facts not whatever gibberish you are spouting. Work good for the soul. And obviously the brain.

    • Arrowood

      People might be more likely to listen to your ideas if you weren’t so rude.

    • 1930s_all_over_again

      What grade are you in? You’re in the “web business” huh? I bet you’re a spider…or under the age of 20…that said, we were all liberal when we were 20…living in our own alternative realities…grow up and get a job and some responsibility…it helps people beat liberalism, the number one mental disorder.

      • skyshoes

        More stupid guesses. I could tell this was a wacko paranoiac site. I am just hoping one or two on this site might do something constructive with their lives and point out that this “article” is filled with lies. If you have a talent or dream try it now. People are starting businesses like crazy.

  • Stephen Tobe

    The Cloward and Piven strategy

    First proposed in 1966 and named
    after Columbia
    University sociologists Richard Andrew
    Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, the Cloward-Piven seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by
    overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus
    pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.

    • localnet

      Good to see Cloward Piven mentioned here.

      Oh… Frances Piven is still alive, and a frequent visitor to the White House.

  • Leo G.

    Self-employed are no longer in the system. Cash Only is the new normal, Pay no taxes.

  • ralphie44

    this is life in the jeu world order

  • Arrowood

    Your numbers may be distorted because you define self-employed as “unincorporated self-employed.” But many self-employed persons operate as S-Corps, LLCs, LPs, Patnerships, etc… Very few of the self-employed operate as an unincorporated sole proprietor due to tax and legal issues. I’m a good example of this because I have been self-employed since 1989 but last year I formed an S-Corp. If you’re only counting “unincorporated self-employed” I would have dropped out of your data. But nothing has changed for me. I’m still self-employed and doing the same thing. Most of the other self-employed people I know are S-Corps or LLCs. This trend has been increasing in recent years and could account for some of the drop in the “unincorporated self-employed” number. For the record I am concerned about the direction of the economy and it is true that regulation and taxation are burden to small business.

  • Luxomni

    Don’t kid yourselves. there are more “self-employed” now than ever. They just are off the books. Every Mexican you see standing in front of Home Depot is self-employed. Everty African-American criminal on assistance and commiting crime is self-employed. (I know, stereotypes. But open your d..n eyes and look at the real world around you and not just as you want it to be)

    • TX4Life

      Amen and preach on!

  • Mark Hillyard

    People have the idea that this system is normal and “going to work” everyday is what we were born to do, it’s not. We will always have to do something to “gather in the crops” but not like this.

    Isaiah 14:3 On the day the Lord gives you relief from your suffering and turmoil and from the harsh labor forced on you, 4 you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon: (Todays system is called Babylon in the Book of Revelations.)

    How the oppressor has come to an end!
    How his fury has ended!
    5 The Lord has broken the rod of the wicked,
    the scepter of the rulers,
    6 which in anger struck down peoples
    with unceasing blows,
    and in fury subdued nations
    with relentless aggression.

    • Joey D’Fixer

      America is the great whore and Mystery Babylon, more clear than ever, due to the overwhelming degeneracy and godless nations its become, and all the tyrants just openly attack Christianity now as the new Al-CIA-Duh. Just so pathetic it is, and what’s more pathetic is people will probably buy into that garbage too….the very people that believe there was ‘nothing to see concerning Building 7′ and that ‘a plane actually hit the Pentagon and landed in Shanksville’.

      But yea, i agree, people have been set onto a program for all too long. The ole Bernays trick of ‘bacon and eggs’ for breakfast via suggestive and predictive programming, product placement, and philosopher kings in labcoats and bifocals having their creed followed because….well, because they wear labcoats and bifocals. The whole system of economy is based on pure monetarism, deduction, statistics, and poor empirical practices. Its all about making money from money, with mass deregulation and corporate favoritism thrown in. Economy is simply about increasing the power of labor and producing products better than the last one, with a system of credit w/ moderate regulation to protect industries, especially smaller ones, like GW, Ben Franklin and Hamilton originally set up, and was at its peak during John Quincy Adams time. There’s been some peaks since the (Lincoln, FDR, JFK, a short time under Reagan), but ever since the Satan and Molech worshiping Skull and Bones despotic gutter rat Bush Sr got in (aka, Magog) its been downhill ever since.

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    • localnet

      No, revolutions are a leftist idea and action. We need a number of strong governors involved along with their states, which are actual sovereign nations unto themselves, to group together and tell DC no more. Until then, I see nothing good happening for the foreseeable future.

    • ms20

      I pray for the truth to be acknowledged and reported. I know, its nothing more then a pipe dream.

  • ernaldo

    Not good news, but hey!!! Some Hollyweird twit got a new neck tattoo!!!!

  • Shears_of_Atropos

    This is hardly surprising…. because when Obama talks about the “middle class” or “workers”, he refers to organized labor, not entrepreneurial businesses. To the latter, he is, at best, indifferent….. and at worst, antagonistic. They are, after all, the bourgeoisie of Marxism. Obama’s model for the role of government is closer to that of Stalin and the German NSDAP, because large corporations can be politically co-opted, while controlling small businesses is akin to herding cats.The kernel in his nut is, as always, centralized control by government, and relies on standardized business, standardized labor, and standardized citizen-subjects.

    • localnet

      Oh so spot on. If only American and World History were taught in our schools today like it used to be. There is so much to learn just from the past 200 years that has been ripped out of todays curriculum. We are seeing the fruits of 100 years of Marxist (progressive) thought being taught in our schools.

      • ms20

        If history were taught their future followers would be disenchanted be for they were set free upon the country.

  • Rupert

    I’m self employed, as a partner is a small business. We are an LLC and I am a w-2 employee, so I and my partners probably show as not self employed in stats like this. I wonder how many others fall not this category? FYI, business is absolutely booming. Ironically, a couple of much larger competitors are stumbling as their heft makes them slower to react to issues and change. Obamacare; we will not grow our company to the point we are forced to provide health coverage. That said, we provide full health coverage for our employees, but not their families. Of course, those employees are forgoing about $500/mo. This is additional compensation they would get in their paycheck if they chose to not avail themselves of this benefit. So, as you can plainly see, we offer healthcare but the employee really pays for it, just like every single company that offers health “benefits”. The only benefit now is that they fall under group coverage so that pre existing conditions are covered. We are spending a fair amount of time trying to figure out how drastically rates will increase and what rules are changing as far as coverage offered. If govt would just get out of the way, all would be much better, much cheaper, and of more realized benefit to the employees.

  • ms20

    People have to know by now that the government does not want small business, nor do they want independent individuals doing their own thing. Too much independence goes against the Lefts core beliefs. Individuals and independent thought are the enemy of the collective mindset. They must be destroyed to create more state and government dependence. It’s all or nothing folks. Get on board and “pay your fair share” .

  • Ralfine

    Just saying. because usually on this board parasites should work for their handouts.

  • Jim

    Corporations are paying between zero and five percent Tax, hiding their real profits and cash overseas. Corporations off shore their labour and production, buy commodities to make their products in bulk and at the right time. The game of monopoly is near the end where only a few people are enjoying it, but this game of monopoly will not end. It’s going to take decades but I suspect the world will look like a sci-fi film, Mega rich cities (utopia) and slums (where most of us will live).

    • Ralfine

      Yes we know that. But every time somebody says : “Tax the rich corporations” the tax avoiders are defended tooth and nail by every hobo.

  • Ralfine

    If you fight all the time against America and Americans, is this really YOUR country?

    You are just part of the system. That country is where it is because everybody else behaves the way you do.

    And well, you should know, a vital part of capitalism is the crisis that comes every few years or so. Boom and bust.

    It’s all about profit, never about customer satisfaction or people.

    And if you defend this system then you need to face the consequences. It’s like defending cholera and the plague. Diseases take the weak first. And if the system takes you, you probably just were too weak.

    If that is what you want, you got it. Enjoy.

  • jokyjo

    I believe you are correct with what you say. Very dark days are coming, hopefully not soon but we can’t be too sure.
    Your comment reminds me of how the MSM portrays everything. You will never see a story on CNN or FOX showing you the poor areas of the country or how people are really suffering.

  • Patriot

    Exactly. Unfortunetly, the large increasing population of the entitlement, liberal, take care of me , obummer disciples is only growing and changing the voting dynamic of this nation into a democratic, liberal, socialist, fascist nation, where the gubbernment will take care of all your needs.

    Most people vote for whoever promises to take care of their personal needs. No longer do we have a long term vision of this nation, putting short term needs aside for the greater good.

    This includes many immigrants who are tempted by the government hand out for assistance and business loans, retired government workers who have their fat state pensions/benefits, and of course the entitlement/welfare crowd… you think these people will vote out the politicians who keep/pass legislation and laws that keep them taken care of?

    Perhaps a total meltdown collapse of the current system will either usher in the New World Order, or if not, then allow a rebuilding of a better system.

  • Jim Torguson

    ….There is anecdotal evidence that the U.S. policy environment has become inadvertently hostile to entrepreneurial employment…..
    Unions do not like small business. Therefore, their bought and paid political power, now in power, does not like small business.

    This is NOT inadvertent.

  • Joe ThePimpernel

    The big-government/big-corporate criminal complex does not care if the pie gets smaller, so long as they get to eat the whole pie.

    And if peasants starve as a result, so much the better.

  • Larry

    Talk, talk, talk. That’s all you’re good at modern Americans. Live the talk, for crying out loud! We’re in Asia and we see you like frogs slowly being cooked in your own urine. Disgusting. For the world’s sake please act now before it’s too late for all! Please!!!

  • Michael Collins

    Here is one huge factor – the cost of health insurance. The self-employed got screwed on health insurance in the run up to the Obama health legislation vote. Individual premiums doubled and trippled in states with high premiums-low deductibles. In the low premium-high deductible states, deductible amounts went way up. How could you forget to mention this. It’s not just Obamacare that’s the problem. How do you start a small business or sustain yourself on your own when healthcare costs are so jacked up. The way things are, there will probably be a boom of entrepreneurship among seniors since Medicare is so reasonable (I’m only half kidding). Health care costs must come down. That means single payer, get the insurace company welfare queens out of the picture. Testing costs must come down (and those are not high because of malpractice, they’re an outright ripoff). Drug costs must come down (they are in every single other nation!!!). Wake up and recognize health care costs are a systemic problem, not the province of either party.

  • Keenan Roberts

    30 years of Reaganomics killed small businesses. Reaganomics gave large corporations and Wall Street free reign to ride roughshod over everyone else. Monopolies are the biggest enemies of small business in the US. Additionally, deregulation of Wall Street under 30 years of Reaganomics took its tool and finally ruined the economy over the last 6 years, as Big Banks and Wall Street now have unbelievable power to suck the lifeblood out of the mainstreet economy. The Corporate backed US Congresss pass tax laws that favor corporate behemoths over small businesses, and have gutted anti-monopoly and legal protection that the small guy used to have as their only defense against the voracious appetites of corporate conglomerates to take over everything. Just look at the fact that CORPORATE PROFITS ARE AT AN ALL TIME HIGH IN THE US, while small business shere of the economy is at an all time low, as well as wages. That bears repeating. Corporate profits have never been higher in all of history. How is it that large corporations are prospering more than ever before while everybody else is suffering? If you don’t think there is a connection between the unbelievable prosperity of those on the top that seems to only increase, while everybody else suffers, then you believe in unicorns and fairy tales told by the billionaire corporate-funded right wing think tanks that tell us that taxes and regulations are destroying small businesses. Anybody who is really paying attention to this takeover of the billionaire class and corporations over the last few decades understand how laughable it is when people claim that it is Obama or regulations that is destroying small businesses. What absurdity!

  • smick smack

    There is a problem with the article in that it fails to acknowledge that the average American is to blame. Where do they shop? Walmart. Where do they eat? McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, all the big brand names. What do they buy at the grocery store? Kraft, McCain, again all the big brand names. What do they wear? Nike, whatever, all the big brand names. What do they use? Microsoft Windows and Apple Iphones. What music do they listen to? Pop crap Beyonce, Kesha, all the big brand names. In my town you can eat better food at a mom and pop restaurant for less money and they’re empty. McDonald’s and Tim Horton’s? Always busy. I run my own online business. My competitor does $10,000 a month, not because they have a better product or a better price, but because of the Leminghood. Do you know what that means? It means the lemmings (zombies, sheeple, ignorant masses) herd and flock together. You can make a wayyy better song than Beyonce can, and it does not matter. It’s all where the herd is going, see? It’s about how many “likes on Facebook” you have. It’s not whether you make a good product, or good music or whatever it is. It’s how many likes on Facebook you have.

  • Sooriamoorthy

    It all started at least fifty years ago, but you did not want to know anything about it.

  • windy

    They are murdering small farms too – but farmers are not even counted. The policy of promoting CAFO’s and agribusiness has destroyed most of the small family farms and the fact that authorities are turning a blind eye to illegal Mexican workers, enabling the exploiters of vulnerable people to prosper, will finish us off.

  • IOdel

    By “They” you mean “You”… If you want to know what is REALLY killing small businesses, look no further than your keyboard. The Internet is killing small businesses. Try not buying everything on Amazon and see your communities flourish once again.

  • James Scott

    Until sites like this are willing to name the jew banker media mob as jew you are whistling dixie. Jews from Wall St control all of the major corporations and they see small business as the enemy.

    Jew control of the US gov’t is what is wrong. Jews want the 3rd world immigrants here to take the white peoples jobs they cannot outsource.

    Until we are ready to admit we have a huge jew problem nothing changes.

  • Lygeia

    This is very misleading. The article states that the number of unincorporated self-employed Americans has gone down. An unincorporated self-employed American is a sole proprietor.

    It is not wise to be a sole proprietor. You can lose your house and all of your assets if a claim is made against you and you are found liable for damages.

    Many people who would have been sole proprietors in the 1950s to 1990s are now incorporating as LLCs (limited liability companies).

    Incorporation protects you because only your business assets, and not your personal assets, can be seized if you are sued.

  • Dan Matheny

    I have been an unincorporated business most of my adult life and I am 52. What’s more, I have known and still hundreds of men and women who are in the same postion, or who only incorporated a 1-5 person business. The article is spot on, as are several of the commenters, in that the polarization between the concerns of small business and the control freaks in the various adminstrations at every level of government has continued unabated since at least the 90s.

    If there is a conspiracy, beyond the social trends which occur with the aging of both the population and the existing institutions, it is in the preparation for operating a business in the midst of a socialist-democratic mindset in government. Therefore, we are moving away from the bottom-up type of decision making to a top down model. And the ones at the top are using every political and economic devise possible to increase their wealth and power. Getting out of and staying out of the “system” and being secure in your homes and possessions is all well and good, but until the movement becomes self-organizing, it remains a reactionary and benign problem for the central planners – not a real threat.

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