They also support Obamacare and throwing away taxpayer money on green energy welfare subsidies! So when did small business owners suddenly lurch to the left and support every liberal tax and spend proposal offered up by Congress and the Obama administration?
Well, actually, never – although a gullible media seems eager to give that impression armed with new “polls and studies” of questionable integrity.
You have to hand it to Obama activists and their allies for creativity – a decidedly more charitable description of what others might call fraud and deception. Not long ago a study by the respected Pew Research Center found that small business is the most trusted institution in America – more so than left-leaning institutions like labor unions, Congress, the federal government, and the Obama administration.
So what do you do when you have little credibility? Why, steal it from someone else. It’s much easier than trying to actually earn it.
So liberal operatives created bogus “small business groups” in an attempt to hijack the strong reputation small business has established with the public.
Next came contrived “polls and surveys” produced by the same bogus groups that show “small business support” for left leaning policies and agendas. A quick peeling back of the layers reveals a plot to start with a desired outcome and then skew the “research” to achieve the desired result.
The latest such “research” supports hiking the minimum wage and comes from a group called the Small Business Majority (which admits that it has not one small business member in its organization). As a New York Times story in 2009 revealed:
“Small Business Majority has no membership — if it did, Mr. Arensmeyer says, it could no longer objectively represent all of small business, since memberships are by definition self-selecting. Nor is it funded by small businesses; instead the organization depends almost entirely on foundation grants. (A related political action committee, which Mr. Arensmeyer describes as all but defunct now, raised much of its money in 2005 and 2006 from lawyers and investment fund managers, according to Federal Election Commission records available from the Center for Responsive Politics.)”
Right. The last thing you want when you are claiming to speak for small business is a bunch of small business owners that might disagree with your thoughts on what is best for them.
Like the old Better Business Bureau admonition “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” research that seems to run contrary to conventional wisdom is probably contrived.
BTW, just for the record, small business does not support hiking the minimum wage - and never has.