Government can’t get a handle on spending and that’s killing small business in California

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DEAR EDITOR:
It’s no wonder our small business failure rate is so high.
Tomorrow’s Wright Brothers, Hewlett
&
amp; Packard, Jobs
&
amp; Wozniak, etc., will never grow their businesses in this
environment of government oppression.
DEAR EDITOR:

It’s no wonder our small business failure rate is so high. Tomorrow’s Wright Brothers, Hewlett & Packard, Jobs & Wozniak, etc., will never grow their businesses in this environment of government oppression.

The ingenuity of government, circumventing Prop. 13 and Prop. 218 with fees rather than taxes, is backfiring. Each government fee acts exactly like a tax. As Mr. Justice Marshall said, “The power to tax is the power to kill.”

Government fees are just as lethal to small business. While we need the eggs, we’re killing the goose at ever-increasing rates. Storm drain impact fees, traffic impact fees, police impact fees, water impact fees, public facilities impact fees, etc., are really government impact fees. What about deaf, dumb and blind politicians’ impact fees?

Public-sector unions’ impact fees? Radical socialists in our Legislature impact fees? How much longer can we keep sacrificing small business owners to Black Hole Government? Will its malignancy grow until it is the only employer?

Medieval physicians blood-sucking leech treatments were more logical than those applied by our local government leaders and the radical socialists in our Legislature. Government excesses are salting the soil, poisoning the water, and fouling the air for small business, making it impossible to grow a business here.

Until our leaders look into their mirrors, they will not see the real problem. Government oppression justified the Boston Tea Party, summarized by a subcommittee composed of Jefferson, Adams and Franklin in the Declaration of Independence. Will our new leaders change course, or will they steamroll ahead? How many small business failures and bankruptcies must we suffer before our tolerance limit is reached again?

Joseph Thompson, Gilroy

Submitted Thursday, Jan. 11