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  •  You make a good point. (4+ / 0-)

    As you say, though, working with "net" numbers is dicey. To some extent, pretty much all businesses are trying to eliminate taxable income.

    The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries.

    by Words In Action on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 10:52:21 AM PST

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    •  Why does SMALL business deserve a tax break? (0+ / 0-)

      I question the basic premise.

      Yes, small businesses generate a lot of jobs. But do they generate more jobs per dollar of revenue than big businesses? If not, then why exactly should small business get a subsidy?

      Economies of scale allow big businesses to deliver a competitive product at a low price. This leaves more disposable income in customers' pockets.

      I am well aware of the severe failings of Walmart. But Costco, another big business, treats its employees much better and still delivers bargains to millions of customers. If we want to require businesses to treat employees decently, I'm all for that--so let's just have rules that require decent treatment of employees, for big and small businesses alike.

      I patronize a number of small businesses because I like the personal service I get. But that's my choice; I don't think my choice deserves a tax break.

      I say, let the market sort out whether businesses work better big or small.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 03:55:05 PM PST

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