I don’t 100% agree with everything that either of the main political parties claim to support. (I’m not even sure THEY agree with everything they support.)
I am a registered republican though.
Why? The main reason is that I’m pro-business. I have a personal bias because I run a private company but I’m a huge fan of private business in general. I love that anyone can start their own business and add value to their lives, the lives of others (staff), and the general population (assuming their business provides a genuine value at sustainable rates, and if it doesn’t, it should be allowed to fail).
Do I agree with everything business-related that comes through the republican party or all laws that currently exist? No.
For one thing, I’m not a fan of bail-outs nor how many bankruptcies seem to work out. Entrepreneurs and investors take risk in hopes for reward. While equal opportunity should be guaranteed, equal outcome shouldn’t. Bad ideas or poorly run businesses should be allowed to fail and the owners/investors should take the hit on that.
Do I think businesses should take care of their employees? Yes, but I don’t think it should be forced on them. My company, OrcsWeb, has provided paid vacation, fully-covered employee health care, and retirement benefits for more than ten years – since we were just a small handful of employees just trying to make a go of the business model. It’s costly. It’s very costly. A business that *doesn’t* have many hundreds or thousands of employees in their benefits plans really get the shaft. It’s a huge expense but my personal feeling is that when a business can afford it, benefits should be provided. Again though, I wouldn’t force it on anyone. If a business doesn’t provide benefits, employees are free to (and perhaps should) change jobs to one that takes better care of them.
How about outsourcing? That seems to be a popular hot-button topic. I’m not a fan. I can’t stand when I call for support on something and I get someone who has no clue how to help me, nor seems to care much (why should they if they’re just bulk out-sourced support). The issue though is that many of those jobs are jobs that non-outsourced people don’t want; at least not at the rates offered. That leads me to unemployment…
It makes me crazy to read articles about people who complain about no work yet the issue seems to be them feeling their “above” the available work. I’ve actually interviewed people who, at the end when I explained how their skills lined up (or didn’t) and what made sense for compensation based on their contribution level to the company, told me they’d rather stay on unemployment. I’m serious. I’m not talking about $8/hour, I’m talking about salaries well above national averages and a fully benefits package, yet they won’t “lower themselves” to accept a job that they feel is beneath them. So…back to the outsourcing point… if I ran a company of thousands and needed to hire bulk for entry-level positions, yet faced this attitude, I might consider an outsource even though I’m generally against the concept.
How about tax breaks for some of these large companies? Think tobacco or oil. I’m not a fan. I can perhaps understand some incentives for new businesses (again, I AM pro-small-business) to encourage and help start-ups, but companies with billions in revenue – and sometimes even in profit – getting tax breaks and other perks? Bad idea. I don’t want to pay for that. Do you?
This is such a vast topic that I could perhaps write all day, but then it would be too long and no one would read it. It might be that no one will read this anyway, and that’s fine.
Feel free to leave a comment on anything I missed – specifically related to business. I don’t want to get into ACA or personal taxes or other topics like that (in this post) because it’s too far off the base of this post. Also, feel free to slam either party on how they deal with business – I know both have some issues. I may agree, disagree, or ignore. I might even update this post if there are interesting enough comments on a point or two that I feel strongly about but failed to mention.