Letter: Small businesses

By Jack Scherbel

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, Dec. 1 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

Sadly, it should be noted that in practical experience, government regulation always hurts small business the most.

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I applaud that the author can recognize that a law passed nearly three years ago is going to be bad for small business (“Obamacare will hurt small businesses,” Nov. 26). Welcome to the bandwagon. I do question the summary, “Obamacare is good in theory.”

I guess “theory” does not mean what I was taught that it meant. You see, I was taught that theory was like an extrapolation of fact using sound reasoning. In my world view, Obamacare may be a good idea or a good thought, but it certainly is not “good in theory.”

Sadly, it should be noted that in practical experience, government regulation always hurts small business the most. This is true for all government regulation and it is because small businesses are small and their business plans fit into a niche. All regulations push businesses to readjust their plans, and for a small business, readjusting their plans mean pressing up against at least one of the walls of their niche.

In theory, free enterprise is the best answer. It has been proven time and time again. Yes, there are victims that get hurt, but their numbers and their suffering is less than what we get with an increase in government regulations. In truth, I guess that is not a theory but a fact.

Jack Scherbel

Ogden

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