New Florida Business Group Will Encourage Congress to Get Its Act Together

By: John Doble | Posted: February 28, 2014 3:55 AM
John Doble

John Doble

Businesses here in Tampa, across Florida and around the country are coming together to send a clear message to lawmakers -- end the petty partisanship that has dominated Congress for years and put in place reforms to help the American people.

Here in Florida, small-business owners and leaders are coming together to vigorously promote this message through the Florida Main Street Growth & Opportunity Coalition.

As a small-business owner, I know what it means to work hard in order to achieve goals and success, even when others may not think it is attainable. It is time for Congress to do the same, amend its political partisanship and prioritize broad-based economic prosperity over interests and interest groups.

Florida’s businesses need Congress to act on sound economic and common-sense policies, including: reforming business taxes, promoting additional trade and improving immigration laws.

Business taxes need to be simple and fair, and the playing field needs to be leveled so that small and mid-sized businesses are not at a disadvantage. American businesses produce the world’s best goods and services, but trade barriers limit our access to new markets that could help us continue to create robust growth.

Congress needs to enact trade policies that will help open new markets for U.S. companies. We also need to desperately cut spending, shrink the deficit and restore business confidence. Floridians should no longer tolerate politicians of either party holding the U.S. economy hostage through government shutdowns. Lastly, our country’s immigration system is a mess, but that does not mean we can avoid dealing with the issue. We must start working toward solutions today.

For the health of our economy, it is time for people and businesses to mobilize and help find solutions that both political sides can agree on.

The vast majority of Americans want a government that focuses on keeping a healthy economy -- not focusing on a partisan political agenda. Businesses cannot afford for the status quo to continue. We are often too busy earning a living to devote our passion to politics, but we need to make our voices heard.

We all need to dedicate some energy, time and commitment to encourage our Congress to push back on voices of radicalized politics and ask for the establishment of common ground.

John Doble is co-founder/owner of restaurant and brewery Tampa Bay Brewing Co., one of the oldest micro-breweries in Florida.

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Comments (5)

Alan Wiessner
10:48AM APR 1ST 2014
Career politicians passing laws that control our lives severely curtail the entrepreneurial spirit and small business startups, the little engine that could, that should and does grow the economy. Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of free enterprise. Their heart is beating for their next customer, for their fellow employees and for their families. They epitomize what comprises the backbone of our country, small business. The only hope I see for this country is individual responsibility, and leadership that creates prosperity, not big government. You cannot govern leadership. Today individual responsibility, leadership, and American exceptionalism are too often political talking points and empty words. When individual leadership fails, or fails to materialize, it creates dependency. In the shadow of big business, and big government are the real leaders, the chief cooks and bottle washers; the real risk takers that stand behind their champions, small business owners. Small business owners are essential to the future success of the US economy.
Tom R
8:59AM APR 1ST 2014
John, the last 5 years have been trying for small business. Thankfully in Florida we now have a governor who understands the plight of small business and how it is the engine that can grow an economy. Sadly that mentality does not exist in Washington DC, from the White House to the U.S. Senate. I for one, am not confident things will change under an Obama/Reid regime. They do not espouse the capitalist/Free Enterprise mentality or traits. Their value system revolves around growing the government and that does absolutely nothing to inspire growth in the private sector. It's time We The People send a message this election year, as well as in 2016.
Alan Sayler
4:24PM MAR 31ST 2014
We definitely need some common sense reform in Washington. Congress is spending too much time trying to figure out how to spend more money when they should be working on how to run our country without increasing our incredible debt. Congress needs a mindset much like our Gov Scott. If Washington would workon creating an enviornment more conducive to businesses to add more jobs we would have fewer folks on welfare and unemployment compensation and they would be collecting more taxes, increasing income and decreasing expenses.
Ms Joyce Fields
6:28AM MAR 3RD 2014
Be HONEST. Return to ENGLISH as the ONLY language to conduct ALL business issues. It's the ONLY way to help save the USA. Classes in ENGLISH are available to ALL immigrants. STOP using other means to communicate.
Mark Matis
8:46AM MAR 1ST 2014
Just more of the same old same old. Rove Republicans are nothing more than the other end of the same steaming turd as the Democrats. May both parties soon burn in hell where they belong.

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