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Small business owners say Washington hostile to job creation

A business group with strong North Carolina ties Tuesday released a poll that found that small business owners feel that Washington is creating a more hostile environment to growth.

The group, Job Creators Alliance, released a survey that found that 70 percent small business owners believed Washington was becoming more hostile to free enterprise, while only 19 percent thought it was becoming less hostile.

The group includes a number of prominent North Carolina businessmen including Robert Luddy of Raleigh, retired banker John Allison, and Fred Eshelman of Wilmington.

“As an entrepreneur who built my company from the ground up – this survey reinforces my belief that policies emanating from Washington are stifling economic growth and job creation in our country,” Luddy said at a news conference at the National Press Club.

The survey was conduced by OnMessage Inc. of 600 small business owners who employed 100 people or less. The poll was conducted Jan. 7-10 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

By far, the biggest issue concerning small business owners was taxes.

Six out of 10 of the small business owners think the health care act will negatively impact their businesses this year.


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Just another rightwing shill group

Their favorite new approach is to impose their extremist beliefs under the banner of being "small business owners." This is a lot of bull. They no more represent small business owners than I am Gina Lollabrigida.

Same old song and dance.

Nothing new here! Millionaires whining because business is sooo hard!
Quick somebody call a wahmbulance. Poor Bob Luddy, Fred Eshelman wahhhhhhh. Total BS!
Mr. Drysdale, Mr. Burns and The Grinch would be very proud of these guys.

No John Doe

It should be noted that John Allison is not just any retired banker. He's an Ayn Rand disciple who has been President & CEO of the Cato Institute since Ed Crane was ousted by the Koch brothers.

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