It’s already far too late for many businesses, those where the owners closed up shop for the last time and walked away in defeat. It’s time to reopen those that still have a chance of survival before the economy is damaged further, perhaps irreparably.
Small businesses that were deemed "non-essential" by politicians and bureaucrats who don’t know a balance sheet from a profit and loss statement, were initially told "just shut down for 14 days and we’ll be fine."
That was in mid-March of this year. Five months later states are still shut down.
Presidential economic advisor Stephen Moore called on the economy to reopen during a radio interview on WABC’s "The Cat’s Roundtable" Sunday.
"We've got to get America back up and running," said Moore, who’s also a Newsmax contributor. "No more lockdowns, no more shutting down businesses: It didn't work the first time; it won't work the second time."
The owners of the Bellmawr, New Jersey-based Atilis Gym have become the poster kids representing America’s small business owners struggling to stay alive.
They also demonstrate the ingenuity of today’s small business owners.
The state of New Jersey, and to a lesser extent local government, has repeatedly closed their gym down, padlocked the doors and even jailed one if its owners.
Owners Frank Trumbetti and Ian Smith appeared on CNN’s "New Day" Wednesday and explained the lengths they took in order to protect themselves, their employees, and their members.
"When you go into our gym you actually stand in front of a biometric scanner that takes your temperature," Trumbetti told host Chris Cuomo.
"You take a disinfected pen and fill out a health questionnaire just like you would in a doctor’s office. You take that pen and you put it in a ‘dirty bin’ so that we can disinfect it. You’re handed a bottle of disinfectant . . . proven to kill the coronavirus within 45 seconds," he continued.
Trumbetti added they installed an air scrubber that circulates 10,000 cubic feet of air per minute through a UV light to provide "99.9% chemical-free and virus-free air."
When’s the last time you walked into a big box store like Target or Best Buy and went through all that?
Trumbetti's and Smith's efforts have paid off: "We’ve had 15,0009 visits to our facility. Zero positive cases," Trumbetti said.
The owners observed that the real damage from the disease was done when the government allowed COVID-19 patients into long-term assisted living facilities, which already housed the country’s most vulnerable population.
"We’re being villainized as small businesses in general, that we’re responsible for the spread, but over 50% of the deaths are coming from places that are supposed to be under a governor’s watch," Smith said.
Although some large retailers like J.C. Penney, Neiman Marcus, J. Crew, and Lord & Taylor have filed to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Act, those brands were already struggling before the pandemic struck.
It’s the small mom and pop stores, the Subchapter-S corporations, the sole proprietorships and small partnerships that are taking the biggest hit --- and they’re the very businesses that have the greatest effect on the economy.
Forbes reported last year that small businesses had a larger impact on job creation than large firms, observing that "Large companies with over 500 employees have only accounted for about 30% of American job gains since 2011."
Even former President Barack "You Didn’t Build That" Obama recognized the contribution small business makes to the economy. "Small businesses embody the promise of America: that if you have a good idea and are willing to work hard enough, you can succeed in our country," he claimed at the 2011 National Small Business Week.
Although Democrats claim to be the party of the struggling little guy, the most draconian shut-downs are taking place in predominately Democratic-governed states like New York, Michigan, New Jersey, and California.
Carol Roth, a Chicago-based entrepreneur, TV business commentator, queen of snark, discoverer of irony and perhaps capitalism’s greatest champion, called it a long time ago.
"Notice that lots of small business owners are getting fined, shut down and even thrown in jail, while big businesses are allowed to stay open or even getting bailed out," she said. "That's not capitalism; that's cronyism. That's selling out Main Street to Wall Street."
If we go by the Democratic Party’s timeline, which is presumably to wait until November 4, the day after the presidential election to fully reopen, the entire country will become something resembling Venezuela.
Allow owners to remove the "Gone Fishing" sign from the front door and warn the rest of the world to look out.
America is back in business.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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