Particularly when banks are reluctant to lend, businesses are more vulnerable than ever to succumbing because of under-capitalization. The Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) would target and weaken the business sector that deserves to be nurtured and supported because they produce jobs. No recession has recovered without small businesses hiring, instead of outsourcing. To waste the talents and energies of these entrepreneurs so as to "level the playing field", a false euphemism that has been created to exploit an artificial rift between brick and mortar retail and online businesses. The euphemism allows the age-old strategy of “divide” and “conquer” to permit big business and big government to achieve self-serving gains.
Among small business, success should not be deemed an “either” “or” matter in which small online business some how deserve to be tamed. In reality, many smaller businesses conduct 50% of their sales in retail stores & 50% online, and they believe that the MFA would squash them. Many other small businesses never entered the technology arena during the rapid changes that occurred during the last 20 years and deserve help in doing so.
If small business owners believe that the MFA would allow them to compete more successfully against big business, they are wrong. Big box companies, which hold real estate throughout the country, not only dominate 83% of Internet sales but also a big chunk of B&M retail. They also already pay sate taxes. They would only benefit if the MFA were to be passed by greatly reducing any competitive edge that smaller businesses would otherwise have.
The Internet is an avenue for upward mobility. Young people with college degrees have created their own, unique businesses. Minorities who have suffered very badly during this economic down turn are choosing to create family businesses in lieu of working for Wal-Mart for wages that don't feed their families. The Internet must remain free and viable to support upward mobility in this country!
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