Letter: Government should help, not impede business
Posted on Jan 15, 2014 - 12:58 PM Printer Friendly View
It was informative to sit in on last month’s Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission discussion about a human waste facility in a floating building designed for processing oysters. I should not forget the requirement for hot water to wash hands.
I am at a disadvantage in that I speak a language of business owners, business managers, people that have to always satisfy the customer for the customer is always correct, always right. It is the customer’s choice to walk out my door, never again to return to my business to purchase my product or service, but to purchase it from someone else, somewhere else.
That said as an aside, I found it perplexing that a woman on the staff of MPPDC defined the owner of the oyster business as wealthy. What figures did she have and how did she use them to make that determination? The amount he has borrowed to buy or expand his business? The number of employees he has or the number of oyster cages he owns or plans to buy if he can get the permits, licenses and other authorizations? Is it the car or boat he owns, the house he lives in? What determiner did she use to define him as wealthy and what does that have to do with his opening or expanding a business?
More importantly, I found it mystifying there seemed to be minimal efforts by the various government agencies and their employees to make sure they did everything in their power to help get approval and provide all help this oyster company owner needed to start or expand his business. Their jobs should not be to put up roadblocks, but rather provide pathways for the business to succeed.
It is his money on the line, I believe, or it should be. No one came to my front door to hand me money when I was buying my business; rather they came to my door with hands out, wanting money from me because my business existed, while I was paying 15 percent interest on the money I borrowed at the bank.
Your jobs should be to do whatever is necessary to assist the person who wants to spend his own money, or money he has borrowed, to open or expand a business that will provide a product or service to the public. This will then require him to submit large sums of money to various government agencies at various levels; city, county, district, state, federal.
He and his employees are the sole source of money the government has, other than to just print more money, but that is another discussion.
Your job, government’s job, is to do whatever is necessary to help an individual open or expand his business. Not to give him money, but to clear the pathway for that business to get up and running in the shortest amount of time. That reminds me of the company I heard about some years ago that had been trying to get permits for two years to open operations at the airport in West Point.
Commissioners, remember this country’s founding documents were designed to limit government and protect citizens from government.