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Cheryl Sowa
Cheryl Sowa

Health Care Reform: House & Senate Bill Breakdowns

The House and Senate Health Care Bills are VERY different on very important issues that all Americans, especially small business owners, need to be aware of. Here is a simple breakdown of various topics in both the House and Senate health care bills, as well as some FAQ about what this means for small business owners.

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Cheryl Sowa
Cheryl Sowa

Cash for Clunkers Damages Small Businesses

Think Cash for Clunkers was an all-around success? Think again. For small businesses, the program knocked them to the ground, leaving them feeling more as if they got clunked on the head than anything.

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Unemployment and Consumer Spend Highlight Stimulus Policy Failures

We keep hearing Washington tell us that the recession is coming to an end, citing signs of wonder but always with the caveat that the economy could still get worse, and a look at unemployment, retail sales and the opinions of corporate CFOs—who have to work with the economy every day—assures us that it will.

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

The Law of Unintended Consequences: How Healthcare Reform Will Effect Small Business

President Obama’s healthcare reform initiative is filled with unintended consequences that will cripple American small business and change the way entrepreneurs do business.

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Get Ready for the Pay Czar

If it seems that the government’s interest in executive pay seems to be broadening, it is. While the White House is talking pay caps for companies that have taken bailout money, there is a movement afoot to cap all executive pay. You have to wonder: Will that include union executives?

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

After the Bailout: GM to Increase Foreign Production

Now here is a real “rock and a hard place” quandary for the President and his Car Czar: GM plans to send more manufacturing jobs overseas once they reorganize. The rock is that if the jobs remain here, GM’s labor costs would rise, harming its ability to compete; the hard place is the utter outrage that would ensue if the automaker, after receiving billions of taxpayer dollars, is allowed to send the jobs out of the country.

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

The Other Side of the Chrysler Hedge Fund Fight

The President’s sharp words against those investment companies—he called them ‘speculators’—who refused his deal regarding the Chrysler bankruptcy, have been aired far and wide. Now, you should get the other side of the argument and decide for yourself who is right. In an open letter to the nation, Clifford S. Asness, the Managing and Founding Principal at AQR Capital Management, LLC, answers the President.

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

US vs. Them in the Chrysler Bankruptcy

Chrysler is entering bankruptcy, which—along with its wayward big brother GM—it should have done a long time and billions of wasted dollars ago. That is the good news. The bad news, and a troubling glimpse into how the President sees capitalists, is that he has decided that those investors who didn’t like the deal he and his car czar were offering are nothing more than speculators.

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Escaping the Tax Hikes: When Businesses Go Overseas

One of the arguments against tax hikes is that those with the money will leave the location being taxed. We have seen it happen on a municipal level, even a state level, and now, we are seeing it clearly on the national level as the president’s tax policies crystallize and companies relocate overseas to escape them.

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

How Cap and Trade Affects Your Small Business

As a small business owner, you know well enough that your taxes are going to be rising—possibly dramatically—over the next year or so. It is in the stimulus, and the budget, but have you paid attention to what is going to happen as soon as Obama passes his cap and trade legislation. It is supposed to lower carbon emissions, and it might. It will also be a massive tax on energy, one that you won’t be able to escape.

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Stimulus Fraud Coming to an Inbox Near You

Ripped right from the headlines, con artists are targeting people with an email campaign that promises to get you a piece of the recently passed stimulus bill, thousands for just a small fee. Don’t you believe it!

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Changes Coming to Government Procurement

It is a great idea and the time for it is ripe: Rebuild the nation’s government procurement process to make it leaner, less expensive, more efficient and more fair, but will it work and how will it affect small business?

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

The Taxman Cometh

What with all the talk of the stimulus bill, another phase of Obama’s economic plan has had barely a mention—until now. We are talking about the President’s goal of cutting the federal deficit in half while, at the same time, raising federal spending and federal control to record heights.

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

Clock is Ticking on Senate Stimulus Vote

There will soon be a vote on the Senate version of President Obama’s so-called stimulus plan, on the list of social and governmental programs, the token tax cuts and the even more token nods to small business. Question: If this bill doesn’t stimulate small business, why is everyone calling it a stimulus bill?

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Charles M Cooper
Charles M Cooper

A Great Way to Stifle Talent and Entrepreneurial Spirit

Our president is stepping out onto a regulatory tightrope. Sensitive to the public outrage over executive pay, bonuses and perks at companies receiving taxpayer bailout funds, he is proposing to cap those salaries and perks, but is that necessarily a good idea in a free market economy?

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