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POLL RESULTS: New Obamacare compliance is coming for small businesses in 2016. Do you know how it applies to you?

The Question:

New Obamacare compliance is coming for small businesses in 2016. Do you know how it applies to you?

11% - I am prepared to comply with new Obamacare rules.
9% - I am not yet in compliance, but know what to do.
23% - I am not in compliance, and still don’t know what to do.
57% - My business does not have to comply with Obamacare.
Jim’s Comments:
Most small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, which is currently below the criteria for having to comply with Obamacare under the employer mandate. So I’m not surprised to see that our sample responded with 57% in this category.
But I am surprised to see that about a third of our folks still aren’t yet in compliance. The reason is likely that we’ve all seen how many times the law has been unilaterally changed by the Obama administration — more than 30 since 2010 — including moving compliance date deadlines. Why jump through a bunch of hoops if you don’t have to, right?

However, I think Obamacare is where it’s going to be for now, so if you have to be in compliance, either do so or know your exposure for non-compliance. Good luck.

Thanks for your abiding support of our poll each week. Check out our new one below.

http://survey.constantcontact.com/poll/a07ec20m7kriiucwr57/start.html

POLL RESULTS: How concerned are you that the U.S. might experience an attack like the one in Paris?

The Question:

eiffel_tower_spring.jpgHow concerned are you that the U.S. might experience an attack like the one in Paris?

67%I’m very worried that it’s just a matter of time.
29% - I’m concerned but not overly worried.
2% - Not worried - our security organizations are very good.
2% - Not worried - if it happens, we can handle it.

Jim’s Comments:
As we contemplate recent attacks by radical Islamic murderers in Europe, we’ve come to terms with the fact that these sub-humans aren’t mad at the French. The focus of their hateful ideology is on “infidels” in the West (U.S., Europe, U.K., Canada, etc.), which led two-thirds of our respondents to this week’s poll to think that being attacked here is a matter of when, not if.
Sadly, those fears became reality just this week in California.

Gird your loins, fellow westerners, it appears that jihad at the retail level has begun.
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POLL RESULTS:I’ve been in business more than 26 years, but this week we’re celebrating the 18th anniversary of my radio program. How long have you been in business?

The Question:

business_handshake_men.jpgI’ve been in business more than 26 years, but this week we’re celebrating the 18th anniversary of my radio program. How long have you been in business?

0% - We’ve been in business less than two years.
8% - We’ve been in business 2 to 5 years.
5% - We’ve been in business 5 to 10 years.
87% - We’ve been in business more than 10 years.

Jim’s Comments:
Early in 2009, as the 2008 financial crisis was being resolved and the Great Recession was coming to an end, I heard someone say, “Just wait until the startups get going after the recession - they’ll get the economy going again.”
That statement caused me to think about the dynamic they had described and to conclude, which I included in my long-term predictions, that there were going to be fewer startups in this recovery cycle than before. My reason for this prediction was because of the lack of two of the primary sources of startup funds: personal credit and home equity.  Both of these were virtually wiped out for millions of Americans starting in 2008 and did not recover for some time.
So when we asked our online audience how long they had been in business, I wasn’t too surprised to see how the responses rolled in, with so many in business more than 10 years, and none of our respondents as startups. There is good and bad news in this response, which I intend to write about in an upcoming Featured Article. Stay tuned.
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http://survey.constantcontact.com/poll/a07ebvi462hih83vsto/start.html

POLL RESULTS: Veteran’s Day is this week. Please let us know where you fall on this list.

The Question:

Veteran’s Day is this week. Please let us know where you fall on this list.

24% - I am a Veteran with active duty experience.
12% - I’m a Veteran with Guard/Reserve experience.
49% - I’m not a Veteran, but a close member of my family is.
15% - I’m not a Veteran and don’t have any in my close family.

Jim’s Comments:
As you can see, a little more than one-third of our respondents have military experience. This number will drop over time as the Baby Boomer generation shuffles off this mortal coil. Boomers are the last generation that came of age during the last military draft period and the Vietnam war, so their numbers are slanted toward military experience.
Around 1973 the U.S. transitioned to a volunteer military. It says a lot about the character of young Americans who have continued to enlist in service to a grateful nation, even in times of war. Clearly, when America needs defending from bad actors from within and from without, that defense is going to come from a smaller percentage of the population than ever before who are willing to stand a post as a volunteer.
Consequently, in the future, America will need to revere and support our veterans even more than in the past.
Thank you to all who have served.
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POLL RESULTS: If you watched the last GOP debate, what did you think about how CNBC moderated it?

The Question:

If you watched the last GOP debate, what did you think about how CNBC moderated it?

0% - I thought CNBC handled the debate just right.
79% - A profound demonstration of liberal media bias against Republicans.
10% - Some questions were inappropriate, but overall it was handled well.
11% - Didn’t watch.

Jim’s Comments:
Not surprised that John Harwood was so snarky toward the Republican candidates in the CNBC debate. And not surprised Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla looked like lightweights. But was surprised CNBC didn’t rise above the slant of their mothership, NBC, and do the job they were supposed to do: moderate a debate about the economic positions of the candidates.
If eight-of-ten of our respondents saw the blatant bias, so did millions of viewers. In their attempt to diminish the stature of the Republicans, the moderators revealed the pervasive mainstream media bias and how it often manifests as small and unprofessional behavior.
And talk about irony. CNBC’s moderating performance was so bad, it actually helped the Republicans.
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POLL RESULTS: What are your prospects and customers indicating for the rest of the year?

The Question:
What are your prospects and customers indicating for the rest of the year?

25% - We’re getting good signals from our prospects and customers.

42% - We’re not seeing anything negative, but not great either.

25% - Customers are hanging in there, but prospects are thin.

8% - Indications so far are that the 4th quarter will not be good.

Jim’s Comments:
We’ve just received new GDP numbers which show such a poor economic performance for the third quarter that it has dragged the annual productivity of the first half of the year back down to about 2% growth year-to-date. So this week in our online poll, when we asked the question above about your experience with customers, your mostly tepid response - 75% said “not great” or worse - tracked pretty closely with the GDP trend.

President Obama inherited an economic can of worms that wasn’t of his making. But we’re now coming to the end of his seventh year in office, so there’s no question that his current ecomomic state, presiding over the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression, belongs to him. It’s not easy to hold back the energy, innovation and determination of America’s business sector, but the president’s anti-business agenda and policies have accomplished just that. My evidence is GDP languishing in the 2% range every year since 2009.

Consequently, just as I wrote prior to the 2012 election, that there wouldn’t be an economic expansion until we had a new president. I’m reprising that prediction again now. Unfortunately, don’t look for much in the way of economic expansion - meaning more than just marginal growth - until this president leaves office in 2017.

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http://survey.constantcontact.com/poll/a07ebrxho7hige0ys20/start.html




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