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POLL RESULTS: As a citizen and business owner, what do you see as the greatest threat to you and yours right now?

The Question:

As a citizen and business owner, what do you see as the greatest threat to you and yours right now?

18%The poor condition of the economy
7% - Climate change
18% - Expansion of radical Islamic terrorism
2% - Not enough gun control
56% - Over-taxed and over-regulated by the government

Jim’s Comments:
The economy sucks for many Main Street businesses, and terrorism’s on everyone’s minds. But when we asked small business owners what was the greatest threat to them and theirs, those two issues only garnered about one-fifth of our responses each. As you can see, almost six of ten believe their greatest threat is encroachment of the government.
Think about that. The thing that most small business owners lay awake at night worrying about is how their government will hurt them. What’s wrong with this picture? #GODHELPUS
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SBA Poll Results: Climate Change?

The Question:
What do you think is the impact of human behavior on the climate of the Earth?

11% - Climate change is real and dangerous, and humans are the cause

27% - Climate change is real, but humans are only part of the reason

48% - The climate was changing for millions of years before humans

14% - Climate change is a religion practiced by environmental zealots

My Comments:
As you can see, only 11% of our respondents think human behavior is causing climate change, while 63% think humans are not responsible.

Allow me to direct you to an article I wrote about this a few months ago, which should add some perspective on what American businesses have done based on innovations and business decisions, not hysteria.

Video- Give businesses a high-five, not high energy bills

In this week’s video I talk about what small business owners think about climate change.

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Give businesses a high-five, not high energy bills

President Obama recently declared “climate change is the global threat of our time,” and revealed his plans to address it.

He’s correct about one thing: Earth’s climate has been changing – a 5,000-foot thick glacier once covered Ohio. When the ice started melting 10,000 years ago, the receding force carved out the Great Lakes and the meltwater turned a small lake into the Black Sea.

But is climate change really the global threat of our time? In an online poll we asked small business owners their opinion of the president’s position and plans. Twelve percent of our respondents said the president is right, while another 8% allowed that climate change is a concern, but not our greatest.

Eighty percent of our sample are the folks Obama called the “Flat Earth” crowd because they disagree with him. That group includes a little more than one-third who just think climate change isn’t a problem, plus 43% who chose this option, “Climate change zealots are the greatest threat of our time.”

There are at least three reasons business owners aren’t showing the president respect for his climate change agenda:

1. President Obama likes to pick business winners and losers, but he isn’t good at it.
According to the Heritage Foundation, 34 companies that received over $7 billion of Obama’s green energy loan guarantees are faltering, including 19 that have already filed for bankruptcy. The rest are either laying off workers or headed to bankruptcy.

2. Unilateral sacrifice by the U.S. won’t stop global warming.
China, for example, is the worst polluter in the world, emitting one-fourth of global CO2, while producing only 10% of global GDP. Mr. President, check back with us when China and India sign on to your plan.

3. U.S. businesses aren’t getting credit for carbon emissions progress, especially when measured against economic production.
The U.S. produces 22% of global GDP, but only 18% of carbon emissions. Indeed, the International Energy Agency reports the U.S. has cut CO2 emissions more than any other country in the past six years – to 1990 levels. Those are Kyoto Accords CO2 numbers.

Here’s another way to look at this accomplishment: American businesses have almost tripled GDP in the last 23 years without increasing emissions. Mr. President, we deserve high-fives, not higher energy bills.

America needs a national energy plan that builds on what we’ve accomplished, the resources we own and the technology we can create, without making us less competitive.

Business owners deal in facts, not ideology.


Follow the link below to see the results of the poll and my commentary about the topic.

SBA Poll: Climate Change, what do you think?

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SBA Poll: Climate Change, what do you think?

The Question:
President Obama says climate change is “the global threat of our time.” What do you think?

12% - The president is right.

8% - Climate change is real, but not our greatest threat.

34% - What threat? The planet has been warming for 10,000 years.

46% - Climate change zealots are the global threat of our time.

My Comments:
As you can see, only a little more than one-in-ten respondents to our poll agree with President Obama’s strong position on climate change, with another 8% taking a less extreme position on the topic. The rest, 80%, disagree with the president, with almost half of those warning of the dangers of climate change zealots.

Global warning, aka climate change, is not settled science. There are plenty of things about this issue that can and should be debated. But President Obama doesn’t like to debate. He likes to declare something to be so, and arrogantly accuse anyone who disagrees with him to be either part of the problem, ignorant, or even malevolent. But the climate change policies the president and other zealots want to impose will have a dramatic impact on America’s future, because their solutions to address this “global threat” will unilaterally impact Americans in a very dangerous way.

I’m going to have more to say about this soon in my Feature Article. Stay tuned…and thanks for participating.


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Does the U.S. need another Jobs Council?

Unemployment just went up – to 7.9%. The economy just went down – negative growth in the 4th quarter 2012. Consumer confidence (Conference Board) and small business optimism (NFIB) both are down.

The government is experiencing annual operating deficits of over $1 trillion and the national debt, over $16 trillion, is on par with GDP. Let’s put that last number another way: if the U.S. were a business, it would owe as much as it sells.

With this set of realities facing our nation, it’s interesting that President Obama chose to say very little about the economy in his second inaugural address, but did talk about his climate change agenda. We wanted to know what small business owners think about the president’s priorities, so last week we asked this question in our online poll: “The President said climate change will be a major focus of his second term. What do you think?” Here’s what we were told.

Those who said, “I agree. Climate change is our greatest problem,” came in at 6%. The middle group, at 38%, believes the president “… should focus on economy recovery more than climate change.” And the rest, 56%, allowed that Mr. Obama “… should focus on the deficit and debt more than climate change.”

Clearly President Obama is watching a different ballgame than 94% of small business owners, plus we just learned that his Jobs Council was disbanded after two years. This 25-member committee is noteworthy because of the make-up of the roster: big business CEOs (16), venture capitalists (3), academia (1), politics (1), union bosses (2), and 1 – count them, ONE – small business owner.

That’s right, the group that signs the front of the largest batch of payroll checks (70 million) every week in America and has created almost every net new job for more than a generation was represented on the President’s Jobs Council by one very brave small business owner, Darlene Miller, CEO of Permac Industries, Burnsville, MN 55306. Permac has 30 employees.

Miller has been a guest on my radio program and recently told me she believes the Jobs Council actually did create jobs. But if that’s true, with more than 20 million Americans still unemployed or underemployed, shouldn’t it still be in business?

Well, the truth is the president doesn’t need a Jobs Council to create more jobs. He just needs to spend his efforts on policies that make America’s job creators think he’s watching the same ballgame as they are.

Small business owners will create more jobs when the government stops acting like it’s working against them.


Recently on my radio program, The Small Business Advocate Show, I also talked about the lack of businesspeople in President Obama’s cabinet plus the failure of the Jobs Council with Rick Newmanchief business correspondent for U.S. News & World Report. Click on one of the links below to hear what he and I had to say. I’m also interested in what you think, so please leave a comment.

Why no business people on Obama’s cabinet? with Rick Newman

Obama is not watching the same ballgame as small businesses with Jim Blasingame

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