But according to this article from Think Progress (and in a subsequent research of their sources) it seems that contrary to these claims, small businesses say taxes and regulation aren’t holding them back.
And in page 2 of this article from Mother Jones it asks, "Are American businesses paralyzed by fear of a tidal wave of new regulations?" (Read the whole article Rich People Create Jobs! and the 6 myths)
When McClatchy reporter Kevin Hall went out and asked small-business owners about this, he got a clear answer. "Absolutely, positively not," said one.
"Government regulations are not choking our business," said another.
In its most recent quarterly survey (PDF) of small-business trends, the National Federation of Independent Business reports that sales — i.e., lack of demand — is the #1 concern, beating out taxes, regulations, inflation, and everything else.
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