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Comment on Just Ask Us To Leave by S.K. Mon, 23 Aug 2010 21:54:18 +0000 Wow – you’d get my vote if you ran for president. Unfortunately, you wouldn’t “play the game” and go along with the system the way all the crooks in DC would expect you to. Sounds like MI is heading the way of IL. Our state is so corrupt, so broke and there is no fix in sight. I can’t wait to get out of here but unfortunately, I’ll have to, until I can retire. It’s very discouraging to see how our country has changed and how nobody is doing anything to stop the downslide. If more voices like yours are heard, maybe change will come someday soon.

Comment on Just Ask Us To Leave by Brian Walker Thu, 19 Aug 2010 03:46:13 +0000 I did not start our business I inherited it much like the curse of the Cat People or some other ancient form of damnation. Sigh. What has changed over 40 years in “business” is the tremendously unfair Return on Investment (ROI) obvious between the public and the private sectors and the flight of taxpaying businesses into the fold of the ‘non-profit’ sector.

By ROI I mean a government employee will earn what has become a more than competitive wage during his or her work life and then start 20, 30 or more years of continued income (pensions) and benefits (health care). I suspect that the lifelong ROI of this minority far exceeds the wages we in “business” manage to pay ourselves. The same is true of unionized employees of large businesses and as long as the union members on either side were seeing roughly comparable lifelong income there was little friction in the name of brotherhood.

That has passed I think and the government sector is still confused at all the alarm over the economy being lamented by even non-government union employees facing layoffs, teachers for example.

The non-profit sector has also continued to expand in Michigan and now cheerfully markets everything from medical care to real estate deals all tax free and supporting high paid jobs.

Both of these shifts have been proceeding over a period of maybe decades here in Michigan so the political process has been supported and driven both financially and politically by machines, civil servants and large unions, that have really come to believe that the ‘system’ is intended to support them not the citizens of the State.

We are not facing an improving economy at all that is poppycock. Nice to exchange our opinions, though.
Very well said in the Free Press article I am amazed that the FP would print your commentary. I enjoyed your website have to find you and buy coffee someday.

Brian Walker

Comment on Just Ask Us To Leave by Pete Murdoch Wed, 18 Aug 2010 21:32:53 +0000 A great column that hit the target dead on! I am a small business owner (30+yrs) and I can assure you that you are not alone in how you feel about the business climate in this state. It is a sad decline that certainly has not hit the bottom as yet. The public sector will be joining the auto business in learning the hard way. They too, will expect an even larger bail out to float the pension and health care benefits they have demanded. As for us, it appears we will be expected to pay for it. The politicians that express support and concern for the small businesses are the same people (my state rep, anyway) who voted for the service tax, the MBT AND the surcharge. The next surcharge is the Fed Unemployment tax to pay for the endless extensions that are coincidental to the next election.

Like you, I just might show myself out. Thanks for a great read! Pete Murdoch, Spring Lake

Comment on Just Ask Us To Leave by Craig Richardson Wed, 18 Aug 2010 16:10:49 +0000 J. Krause response to previous comment by C. Richardson:

Your frustration has been echoed by many who find that the government’s involvement is not applied equally to all who seek it. Attention is focused on those who can generate a press release trumpeting the highest job estimate. This has become the political currency most prized by those in charge of picking winners from the current crop of trendy industries. Our states leadership also needs to quit looking over the fence in an effort to find outside business they can bring here using our money to provide financial breaks we can’t access. Taking the time to work with those who have always had a real stake in the states future is not only the right thing to do; it is the quickest path to recovery and growth for everyone. I hope the incoming politicians keep this in mind after the November election.


J. Krause …
Follow up by C. Richardson:

Hello James,

You should also know I have been working for 5 years on launching my project. My story is not only wide but deep as well, with regard to State and Federal agency involvement. Senator Levin to Governor Granholm. U. S. Congressman to State Senators. Federal Agency Presidential Appointees to Under Secretaries of Education. I have had quite an education!! I could write a book…and in fact have been approached to do that. What you say about politicians and press releases is dead on, and trendy businesses comment also. I have been preaching intensely to the people in Lansing: Michigan has a big elephant to eat, with regard to the economy; it is not going to be devoured by expecting any one business to replace the auto industry, but by small bites with diversified small business creation. Seems to be obvious to the common man, but lost on those in elective office. They want and hope for the quick fix. I must be insane because I keep plodding along with the State and hope for a different result.

Craig Richardson
E Z C Enterprises, LLC

Comment on Just Ask Us To Leave by Craig Richardson Wed, 18 Aug 2010 16:08:19 +0000 Hello James,

I had to congratulate you on the true and clear prospective you provided in your article. The questions you posed and your observations were right on the money. I have a patent on a new design case for all material on compact discs and DVD’s. As a lifelong resident of Michigan, I have been dedicated to manufacturing it here. It has been nothing but a futile. I, and other entrepreneurs feel that state does not want “products” as a base to the States economy unless “solar” or “tech”. It is frustrating and debilitating (as you know).
Great job!!!!

Craig Richardson
E Z C Enterprises, LLC
A Service Disabled
Veteran Owned Business

Comment on Just Ask Us To Leave by Don Cundy Wed, 18 Aug 2010 03:08:53 +0000 Hi James
Just wanted to commend you on the article you wrote in the Free Press. It certainly was spot on, especially the part about the people in Lansing asking business to leave. It couldn’t have been said any better.
Don Cundy

Comment on Just Ask Us To Leave by Thomas D. Frisk Mon, 16 Aug 2010 15:50:17 +0000 Excellent article and right on the mark. Another reason why some businesses including Chemical companies and Agricultural companies have not left this State is because they cannot pickup the land and buildings that they own and move to another State. Indiana is very business friendly. I agree with the statement that those in Lansing should look at existing companies in Michigan and how to keep them here. However, Politicians and those how make continue to make the rules are feeing businesses (not a new tax) to the point of making the decision to leave this State very easy.

My wife and I have already made the decision that when it comes time to retire it will not be in this State. Not because we don’t love Michigan – it will be because we can’t afford to pay the politicians and leeches to sit on their lazy brainless posteriors.

Green Stone Farm Credit Services
Thomas D. Frisk
Senior Financial Services Officer

Comment on Just Ask Us To Leave by John T. Scollin, CPA Mon, 16 Aug 2010 13:33:20 +0000 I just finished your article in today’s News/Free Press. You are right on target and I hope the “powers that be” get the message. Putting more of the tax burden on the people that create the jobs is counterproductive. It’s class warfare at its best (or worst).

Keep up the good work in getting the message out.

John T. Scollin, CPA
Director Doeren Mayhew Business Solutions Group

Comment on Just Ask Us To Leave by John A. Middlestead Sun, 15 Aug 2010 23:13:02 +0000 Mr. Krause – kudu’s to you on the article published in the August 15, 2010 Free Press. I find it interesting that small business owners who are also “hard working men and women” are somehow vilified for trying to make a go of it and any rewards that might be gained. Many people in Michigan should have to walk in the shoes of a small business person. They would learn, as you know and I have learned as well, that the entitlement of a paycheck cannot be taken for granted. In addition, they should experience all the governmental regulations, requirements and taxes that come with the privilege of being a business owner. I applaud your article and I hope that some individuals reflect on it and say “yes, he is right” instead of the usual anti-business rhetoric. Thanks. John …