Over the last twenty-five years three U.S. Presidents and thousands of members of Congress have continually approved some of the most anti-small business, anti-middle class federal programs in history.
U.S. Census Bureau data indicates small businesses are responsible for over 90% of net new jobs, over 50% of the private sector workforce, over 50% of the Gross Domestic Product and over 90% of all U.S. exports.
The single largest federal program in history to assist small businesses, stimulate the middle class economy and create jobs is the Small Business Act of 1953. Today federal law based on the original Small Business Act requires that a minimum of 23% of all federal contracts be awarded to small businesses.
For over 11 years a series of federal investigations and investigative reports in the media have found billions of dollars a year in federal small business contracts that have been knowingly diverted to Fortune 500 firms and corporate giants around the world. ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN have all covered the rampant fraud in federal small business contracting programs.
Some of the firms that have been uncovered as receiving federal small business contracts include IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Microsoft, Dell, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Chevron, Apple, General Electric, AT&T, Verizon, Citigroup, Boeing, UPS, John Deere, Thales in France, Rosoboronexport in Russia, Ssangyong Co. in South Korea, Finmeccanica in Italy, Buhrmann N.V. in Holland and British Aerospace Engineering (BAE) and Rolls-Royce in England.
One of the ways that this fraud and abuse has been allowed to occur, even endorsed, is via the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program. The program began in 1990 and eliminated all transparency, along with any and all penalties for non-compliance with federal small business subcontracting goals for the Pentagon’s largest prime contractors. The purpose of the “Test Program” was to determine if this would increase subcontracting opportunities for small businesses.
Let me emphasize this was a “Test Program.” Think of the insanity of a program that eliminates transparency and penalties for the Pentagon’s largest prime contractors and then tests it for 25 years to see if it helps small businesses. Even the language in the FY15 National Defense Authorization Bill that will renew the “Test Program” admits it has failed, yet Congress and President Obama intend to renew it for three more years through 2017.
Our government is going to renew this anti-small business, anti-middle class, anti-job creation scam into its 28th year and no one is objecting but me? Astounding!
If you are a Democrat, Progressive, Republican, Conservative, Libertarian or however you chose to describe your political views, realize this. Not one of the politicians you support has ever stood up to oppose any of the federal government’s anti-small business policies. NOT ONE!
Much like they say you can tell a lot about people by the way they treat animals, I think you can tell everything about politicians by how they treat small businesses. Remember, small businesses are where most Americans work and where most of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product is created, yet politicians continue to turn a blind eye towards anti-small businesses policies that affect the very people who got them elected.
The fact that Fortune 500 firms have been allowed to fraudulently and illegally hijack trillions of dollars in federal small business contracts for over 11 years with no repercussions proves how corrupt the government actually is.
The fact Congress and President Obama will renew the anti-small business, anti-transparency Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program into its 28th year of testing without objection from the American people must mean one of two things. Either the government thinks Americans are apathetic, uninformed, delusional fools who don’t care about small business, or they are confident that a lack of media coverage will allow them to slide in anti-small business policies right under all of our noses.
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