Tag: Small business

A Second Proper Presidential Farewell and Send-Off

 

President Trump has twice now given a formal farewell to a senior member of his administration. You will recall the White House farewell for Ambassador Nikki Haley. On Friday, President Trump held another side-by-side sit-down farewell and exit interview. This time it was Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon.

The Linda McMahon ceremony was held at Mar-a-Lago. As with Ambassador Haley, Administrator McMahon sat side-by-side with President Trump. Instead of two chairs, they both sat on a couch, the upholstery in both settings being similar.

The President praised Linda McMahon and indicated she was leaving her post to take up a role in “the reelection.” He then conducted a sort of exit interview in front of the cameras, starting out “I’d like to know what has been your highlight, and what are some of the great things you’ve done, just so they all know [gestured to the press camaras], so that we can put it right on the record [smiles into the press camaras].” Linda McMahon, like Nikki Haley, was warmly appreciative of the opportunity to serve and proud of her service.

Bert Stratton joins City Journal associate editor Seth Barron to talk about Stratton’s experience as a member of one of the most despised but important professions: landlord.

Stratton is a musician and blogger, but he makes his living managing apartment units and retail space in a suburban neighborhood outside of his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. He prefers to call himself a “landlord-musician.”

Andy Puzder on Withdrawing as Labor Secretary

 

Andy PuzAndy Puzder joined us at Freedom Fest to discuss the minimum wage, small business regulations, his withdrawal from his Labor Secretary nomination, the poignant discussion he had with Mike Pence, and his last marketing effort at Carl’s Jr., creating possibly one of the greatest commercials in modern times (video below).

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Some of you may recall that my husband, three daughters, and I recently moved from Italy back to the States. Over the past several months, I have continued to home-school my kids while working as a substitute teacher in the local school system (a story for another day). And my husband and I have been searching […]

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SBA Is Prime Swamp-Draining Real Estate

 

News broke yesswamp_fever_by_andreewallin-d36oonxterday that President-elect Donald Trump has tapped former wrestling executive Linda McMahon as leader of the Small Business Administration. The announcement immediately triggered sneering and snark from hipsters horrified that anyone related to trashy, macho, violent, misogynistic television would be allowed to sully the hallowed halls of the SBA. “What qualifications” they ask “does she have other than the fact that she donated $6 million to a super PAC funding Trump’s presidential campaign and $5 million to the Trump foundation?”

Actually, McMahon has served as the head of a joint venture which she founded called Women’s Leadership LIVE, which promotes opportunities for women in business and public service. This experience would seem to fit well with the SBA’s programs, including the Women’s Business Centers program and the 8(a) Business Development Program which steers federal contracts to businesses owned by women and minorities.

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Lest you think no one is working anymore, or is living in their parent’s basement like a bum, you are DEAD wrong! The entrepreneurial spirit is alive ….IT’S ALIVE! IT’S ALIVE! This is a real business. My husband spotted the truck in a nice town home community parking lot today – someone called needing something repaired…..So! For […]

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The “R Word” Is Here and Now

 

recessionAs politicos focused on South Carolina and Nevada, my company was running a weekend roundtable for business owners, where we train and break bread with real people facing real challenges due to the real economy. These people aren’t statistics. They aren’t categorized or sliced and diced into compartments that make up an axis on some government chart. The employees they have laid off don’t consider themselves as U3, U6, or U12. They are real people with real families and real bills.

It is not news that many sophisticated business owners consider the “recovery” weak, at best, and think the economy is most likely in recession. While the equity markets bounce around like a beach ball in the stands of a sporting event, the real fundamentals are causing pause for even the most bullish among us. Now Bloomberg Business reports that recession is already here in several states.

The U.S. States Where Recession Is Already a Reality

ICYMI: The Economy Was Just Restructured

 

capital buildingIn recent years the iconic Capitol building has been draped in scaffolding due to a needed restoration, the first improvements since 1959-1960 to the symbol of American democracy. From afar the dome has always appeared to be a brilliant beacon conveying American exceptionalism. On a closer look, behind the countless coats of paint and patchwork, the age and weather have taken its toll. The repairs to preserve the dome will allow the Capitol to continue to shine for future generations.

For denizens of and visitors to Washington, DC, or news junkies who see the scaffolding in the digital backgrounds of daily newscasts, it’s a stark visual reminder that America itself is under reconstruction. The national “restoration” project is now in its seventh year. The steward of America’s reconstruction is perhaps the most successful President we’ve seen in our lifetimes, if you define success as achieving an agenda.

Historically, the final two years of a two-term Presidency have been the least effective time, filled with scandals and voter apathy. The “lame duck” is simply a placeholder while the country moves its attention to his replacement in the oval office. For this reason, lame ducks can be dangerous. They are old news. The press focuses on shinier, red-hat covered wayward tresses.

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You’ve probably noticed how the employee-recommends section of your local Barnes & Noble invariably features some conservative manifesto like End Of Discussion by Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson or Hayek’s The Road To Serfdom. Or maybe you’re familiar with walking into a coffee shop tastefully appointed with posters of Reagan and Thatcher and dog-eared copies of National Review resting […]

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Along with a laundry list of other tax increases,  President Obama will reportedly recommend ending the tax code provision called “stepped up basis”  Most of us would rather have a root canal than think about the tax code, but this is an extremely harmful change for the parts of the economy that work with real […]

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