Lurita Doan

The Obama Administration likes to "talk the talk" when it comes to small businesses, but they have yet to "walk the walk". None of the Administrations efforts to help small businesses have worked as promised and most were mere gimmicks designed to fool some of the people all of the time. Barack Obama's recent announcement that he was promoting the SBA to a cabinet-level agency was just another example of window dressing and political sleight-of-hand to cover three years of missteps with the small business community.

Most of Obama's announcements are timed and designed to cover up failures, and small business is no exception. Thus, the most recent White House announcement, lest the president seem lagging behind congress which has four, bipartisan bills working their way through the House, in support of small businesses doing business with the government.

But rather than taking actions that might actually encourage small business formation, reduce the regulatory burdens, or open more opportunities to small business growth, Barack Obama took the largely ceremonial step of elevating the Small Business Administration to cabinet level status. No doubt, Obama hopes that this ceremonial move will demonstrate his true devotion to small business.

Obama probably also hopes that Americans will forget that this president seldom meets or consults with his Cabinet. Even Democrats have complained that he summons them rarely, and only when needed for an appropriate photo op, and has instead turned power once held by Cabinet Officers over to one of the many, different White House Czars.

But anyone willing to take a closer look at Barack Obama’s policies toward small business will see that he has no idea just how irresponsible, punishing, and openly corrupt his policies have become towards small business.

Even in the federal government contracting world, where government has direct control over contracts awarded, during the past three years, small businesses did not participate, to any significant extent, in the splurge of federal spending—almost $4 Trillion in 3 years, and only a tiny percentage went to small businesses--which is a real shame since history has shown that small businesses create 3 out of every 4 jobs in this country.

Lurita Doan

Lurita Alexis Doan is an African American conservative commentator who writes about issues affecting the federal government.