While corporate CEOs are pressuring Congress to cut Social Security and Medicare as part of a so-called "Grand Bargain" to reduce the debt, small business owners say that cuts to Social Security and Medicare would be devastating to small businesses across the country.
A new series of reports from the Main Street Alliance and Social Security Works, Business is (Baby) Booming, analyze the important role Social Security and Medicare play in both strengthening the retirement security of small business owners themselves, and fueling consumer demand on Main Street in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Instead of cutting Social Security and Medicare, small business owners say Congress should crack down on offshore tax abuse that allows the wealthy and corporations to avoid more than $100 billion in U.S. taxes per year by sheltering their income offshore.
State "Business is (Baby) Booming" Reports
- Washington, D.C.
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
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As Don says, it's time to make America right.
Have you ever felt like the good name of small business was getting used to advance a special interest agenda? Brian McGregor has. Brian, owner of the Silver Dollar Saloon in Butte, Montana, wrote in an op-ed in The Hill a few days ago:
Here’s a riddle: a hedge fund manager, a high-powered lobbyist, and a big shot lawyer walk into a bar. There’s one real small business owner in the lot. Which one? Answer: the guy who’s pouring the drinks – me.
Brian went on to talk about why, as a genuine small business owner, he’s for ending the extra Bush tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans, protecting middle class programs like Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare, and making sure big corporations pay their fair share of taxes.
That’s what the Main Street Alliance is standing for in the lame duck session of Congress. Will you stand with us? Click here to read and sign our “Listen to Main Street” small business statement to Congress.
Wall Street CEOs are lobbying hard for their agenda – lower tax rates for the wealthy and a permanent tax holiday on off-shore profits for multi-national corporations, paid for by cuts to Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare. That is not a pro-small business agenda.
We need to make sure Congress listens to Main Street, not Wall Street. Click here to read and sign the statement.