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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:22 PM

Maybe it's just Republican-run businesses that have trouble competing

My father-in-law used to talk about Germany, and he would say that the attitude of people there is: "This is the way business is done here. If you can't work with that, then don't go into business."

I've been thinking about that more and more lately. Every time I hear a Republican complain about how we have to change our country (or state, or city) to make it business friendly, I think about it. Maybe these complainers are people who shouldn't be in business in the first place. Maybe it's good for them to go out of business.

Why don't we turn the tables on the complainers and ask them why they need the bar lowered to succeed? Maybe they just aren't cut out for their jobs. We shouldn't be propping them up by giving them tax breaks, lowering our pollution standards, and giving them special treatment.

Republican business people (not all of them, just the whiners) should be allowed to fail on their own lack of merit. The country should not give them any breaks at all, no matter how much they beg and cry. It isn't right that Liberal- and Moderate-led businesses who follow the rules and want to do what is right for the country have to compete with Republican-led businesses headed by propped-up, substandard whiners.

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Response to gulliver (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:25 PM

1. You nailed it in your post title.

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Response to gulliver (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:28 PM

2. Whenever I hear fellow builders complain about the building code...

 

I have to laugh. The codes usually mean a bit more money, but most regulations are easily handled. All the contractors are having to meet the code so it makes no difference in the bidding. The higher costs means more money to the contractor so generally I never understood the whinning. Now, after reading your post, I realize they're just a bunch of Republicans.

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Response to rgbecker (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:12 PM

8. The code matters greatly to one class of contractor

Go through the parking lot at any lumberyard and half the contractors have "we beat any bid" written on their trucks. These are the same guys who pay their foremen $12 per hour, must be fluent in Spanish. For them code is lethal to the bottom line.

If you cruise the back of Home Depot looking for scrap OSB to put in some unsuspecting bastard's new roof, you really don't want to hear about arc fault breakers and fire blocks.

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Response to gulliver (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:38 PM

3. If the dems campaign management vs. repub. management is indicative: yes

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Response to gulliver (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:58 PM

4. I always thought Con business

owners are very short sighted. They never seem to see the big picture or be able to look to the future. They can't understand cause and effect. If they lay off employees, there are less customers. If you pay too little, there are fewer buyers. The stocks may go up in the short term, but sales will be harmed in the long term.

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Response to justgamma (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:54 PM

7. Increasing quarterly profits (on paper to fool shareholders) and

 

BOD salaries/golden parachutes are literally the only consideration for RW businessmen.

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Response to gulliver (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:04 PM

5. It's getting to the point where a person buying hot dogs with food stamps will face

more regulations than the company that makes them.

I say that, if a company tells some form of government (Fed, state, local) that it needs tax break X to survive (or they'll move), then they must open their books to prove their case.

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Response to gulliver (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:52 PM

6. Exactly. They are always so busy skimming off profits into their pockets,

 

it's no wonder they don't have enough money for normal operating expenses.

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Response to gulliver (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:45 PM

9. Excellent point, gulliver! A few people on DU have been making this

salient point.

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