According to the OD yesterday, Congressman Hanna is co-sponsoring job legislation, specifically, reauthorization of two programs to, according to a news release, The links in the article go to federal programs offering grants.
While small businesses are the backbone of the economy, why do they need federal programs especially created just for them? The same question goes for special programs for women and minority-owned businesses. Special federal programs have been created to favor certain "classes" defined by the government as worthy of special treatment.
How about the class of people who don't want special treatment . . . who don't want a federal handout . . . who don't want special rules created just for "them?" . . . the ones who what to achieve success through their own resources?
In all these programs, some person or company gets a government hand or hand-out while some person/company's competitor does not. This both encourages businesses to get on the government dole (and control) and discourages those who want to engage in free competition on a level playing field.
Simply put, special programs for special people are costly ... both in dollars spent and in the discouragement given to those who do NOT want to be beholden to the government in running their businesses.
The country is maxed-out . . . on its credit . . . . and on its patience with special treatment for special people, companies, and groups.