Resolving to be Resolute in 2013

As a business owner, one of your New Years’ resolutions might be to balance your books more regularly or to tighten up your cash flow. If only the federal government would do the same.

It’s hugely disappointing that the legislative bridge to avert the ‘cliff’ did not address our country’s most pressing economic issue: unchecked spending that leads to crushing deficits and debt. There is some relief in the end of the mystery of what your tax rates will be, but there is much more work to be done to address spending and out-of-control deficits.

We know you’re worried. We agree that you should be. That’s why, at NFIB, we are resolving to be resolute. Steadfast. Unwavering – in our fight for you, against those in government who would trample your rights to own and operate a profitable business.

In 2013 and beyond, your NFIB hereby resolves to:

• Demand responsible political leadership for fiscal responsibility.

• Oppose any legislative threat to small business wherever it arises – in Washington, D.C. or your state capital.

• Intensify the fight to reduce excessive and wasteful government spending.

• Push repeal of Obamacare segments that fall disproportionately on small firms.

• Advocate permanent solutions to bad tax policies.

• Seek reversal of unnecessary and overzealous regulation.

• Help end the war on success and entrepreneurship.

• Insist on respect for the institution of free enterprise.

• Strengthen grassroots support of pro-free-enterprise candidates.

• Educate political leaders about the importance of entrepreneurship, regardless of political affiliation.

• Increase entrepreneurship education for future generations.

I know you are disheartened by our federal government’s wayward drift, but that is the very reason we must double down and remind our elected officials that small-business growth and prosperity is the answer to America’s economic ills. Our nation cannot continue to blunder along this misguided path to fiscal disaster.

Go to your telephone or computer right now and share this list of small-business New Year’s Resolutions with your lawmakers. Firmly assure them that you are resolved to see small business regain its rightful place as our nation’s economic engine and job creator. And let them know that they’ll be hearing from NFIB, on your behalf, loud and clear, in the days, months and years to come. We will never stop fighting.

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About Dan Danner

Donald A. "Dan" Danner was named president and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation's leading small business association, in February, 2009. Danner is only the sixth president in the history of the organization. Before rising to the top spot, Danner was executive vice president, overseeing NFIB's federal and state public policy and political activities as well as the organization's three 501 (c) 3 operations: the Research Foundation, Small Business Legal Center and the Young Entrepreneur Foundation. He came to NFIB in 1993 as vice president of the NFIB Education Foundation (now known as the Young Entrepreneur Foundation) and was named vice president of federal public policy in 1995. Previously, he was chief of staff to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Danner also worked in the White House Office of Public Liaison, where he was special assistant to the president and deputy director of the department. Before joining the White House staff, Danner was an executive with Armco Inc., a steel manufacturing company. He held leadership positions in sales and marketing, as well as state and federal lobbying on issues such as energy, environment, taxes and trade. He also served four years as vice president of federal relations at George Mason University. A native of Middletown, Ohio, Danner holds an MBA degree from Xavier University and an electrical engineering degree from Purdue University.
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