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Election Issues; Get Out the Vote!

To ensure passage of the business community's legislative agenda and protect business from overzealous regulatory agencies, efforts must be made to elect pro-business candidates on the national, state and local levels. Both employers and employees need to focus on the issues that affect their jobs when choosing which candidates to support. Most importantly, business employers and employees must vote! To truly advance a pro-business, free enterprise agenda, business owners should educate and motivate their employees to understand the issues that affect their livelihoods, and hence the importance of casting their vote.

The most effective voters know their conviction and vote them. In this new era of low voter turnout, the business community's commitment and ability to turn out the vote can mean the difference of victory and defeat of a pro-business candidate in a close lection; which, in turn, can mean the difference in critical pro-business strength on the legislative front. We know, based on past history, that pro-business legislators will be confronted by anti-business groups seeking to further increase the size and scope of government, thereby enabling trial lawyers to terrorize small businesses with frivolous lawsuits and massive increases in regulations that drive up the cost of doing business. Accordingly, pro-business strength at the ballot box will help ensure a more pro- business Congress at the federal level, increasing the likelihood that state and local officials will be more attentive to the needs and concerns of the business community. In order to continue to build pro-business majorities in out legislative bodies, business owners must first involve their employees in the need to register to vote, and then educate them on the issues pertaining to business, so that they understand the ramifications on the business-related legislation and cast their vote with that knowledge in hand.

The health of the country is heavily dependent on the health of American small business. In order to maintain our economic turnaround, we need less mandates, fewer taxes, and fewer regulations. Employees need to know the impact of business-related legislation, and how a bill passing or not passing may affect their job. THIS DOES NOT MEAN TELLING AN EMPLOYEE HOW TO VOTE. It DOES mean answering any questions they may have on the business-related issues and their impact, and how candidates stand on a given issue. For example, many may not know that John Kerry has a 90% career voting record with the AFL/CIO. He also co-created the Family Leave Act and wants to expand it. He also feels we need more OSHA regulations and wishes to increase the minimum wage. All of these issues impact small business tremendously. That is why the business community must draw the connection between issues, paychecks, and benefits and how these things can drive up the cost of doing business. When employees are fully informed on the issues, they often feel greater motivation to vote.

United Small Business
Proclaiming Liberty to America's Small Business
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