“I’m from the government; I’m here to help you”…or are they?


“I’m from the government; I’m here to help you”…That once famous quote is attributed to President Ronald Regan. As we approach tax day (April 15th), I’m once again reminded of it.

I’m not anti-Government or anything to that effect! As a matter of fact, I support a strong, efficient, local, and national government that provides basic health and safety services, helps the less fortunate among us, and keeps the peace.

However, I think we have a government that has difficulty agreeing on almost anything. They keep “kicking the can down the road” on many of the important issues facing us today. For example:

We, at Sharn Enterprises, Inc., have offered health insurance to all of our employees for the past 20 years- some have taken it, while others didn’t. Yesterday I met with our insurance broker concerning our health plan. As usual he did a very professional job of explaining the various options, their cost, benefits, etc. I asked him how our plan would be affected if the health care law is ruled unconstitutional. Obviously no one knows the answer to that question! It’s April, and we don’t know what will happen two months out!

There’s a lot of talk about taxes this year. What will our tax rates be in January 2013? Should we invest in new equipment now? Should we hire more people now, or wait? We primarily manufacture in America, but, will it be better to continue that, or should we be considering off shore manufacturing in 2013? Many of these decisions relate to tax policy, so this uncertainty keeps many businesses from acting now.

Mark Twain once said, ”Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.”

What do you think?

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