I did not need a government intermediary to start my business. I had an idea, a small amount of saved money to get it started and I correctly identified a need in the marketplace for my service. It was hard work, frustrating at times, but ultimately I succeeded and will struggle on into the future doing it my way.
The minority community is constantly told that they need programs, set asides, multicultural chambers of commerce and other such claptrap in order to succeed. It only empowers the people who take the money to supposedly help this community but ultimately it requires the same basic components for everyone to succeed in business. The Asians have a great tradition of small family run business ownership, much as the African-American community used to have before the decimation wrought by years of government largess resulting in the gradual destruction of their basic family unit. It takes strong families, rooted in a hard work ethic to prevail with a small business and right now the Asians own most of the small businesses in the minority community because that is their strength. No amount of taxpayer bureaucracy is going to change that condition.
The Chamber of Commerce concept is a dated 20th century artifact like the Kiwanis, soap box derbies and Ward Cleaver. Let these groups sink or swim on their own and for goodness sake don't keep funding anything that has the word multicultural attached to it. It has been a rat hole for tax dollars from day one and reeks of race bait if anyone would dare question its value or effectiveness.
How is it that Asian entrepreneurs, who own many small businesses in Chattanooga and right in the heart of the, so called, minority community didn't need a highly paid bureaucrat to steer them towards prosperity?
I think we all know the answer to that question.
It's a great deal being a big time tax sucking educrat.
Good-bye to a BMW driving, gold-plated, government educrat. We will not be missing you and the next guy, or gal, will be just as bad.
It is the sales tax itself that IS the problem not that they are being unfairly assessed to non-internet based businesses. Let's dare to propose that these levies going to the most non-productive sector of the economy, otherwise known as government, be drastically reduced or even eliminated all together. That would spur real economic growth instead of feeding that cancerous tumor which we all know to be parasitic in nature and insatiable in it's quest for ever more funds to feed its limitless hunger for power and control.
I'm glad Amazon is playing hardball and I DO buy from them because I DON'T like paying onerous sales taxes. Put that in your pipe and smoke it Mr. & Mrs. Tennessee legislator!
Costco in Georgia is my friend. No wine from Tennessee merchants for me.
I feel SOOOO much safer now that some marijuana has been taken out of circulation in our God-fearing upright community. The police should pat themselves on the back for a job well done and remember that all of this wicked contraband will be replaced and back into the underground market within a few days time. I guess for them it is a solid form of job security and certainly something to occupy their time while the gangs continue to overtake the city street by street and block by block.
Children without fathers, who have mothers that usually yell and berate, rather than hug and encourage, have helped to create the toxic brew that is the current state of affairs among the American underclass. Black or white.
The reason Hispanics and Asians do better than their white & black brethren is because their families have remained intact and they put a high value on furthering and bettering the lives of their children, and not on the petty and childish goals bred through a welfare mentality of entitlement and victim-hood. The chickens are coming home to roost on several generations of government dependent populations and if you treat people like children, expect them to act like them too. Violence and rampant immorality go hand in hand with petty values like envy, greed and malice towards others.
I see it every day in my interactions with these people and think the only solution is to cut off the benefits, stolen from others hard work, and set them free to discover what the other groups know to be true. You have to advance your family and community yourself, one small and willful step at a time.
The issue is taxes themselves. We need less of them not more. Why aren't we talking about that? Regardless of how much governments tax their subjects they are always in the red and need MORE, MORE, MORE! Let's frame this issue with a plea for less taxes and don't make me pay sales tax for an Amazon purchase. Then let's talk about getting rid of sales taxes altogether. The crappy schools and other government waste need to be eliminated eventually and replaced with a more contemporary and competitive model of operation, so starving the beast would be a good start. A sales tax holiday would be great trail balloon. You'd be amazed at how much money you'd get to keep for yourself just for the privilege of buying yourself some food and shoes.