Did you hear that?
That was the sound of seawater flooding another compartment of the great vessel
responsible for job creation, ongoing innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit
long since forgotten by many companies not on this ship's passenger list.
cause is not an accident. Critical hatchway's are being opened by opponents and
opportunists who through political and corporate posturing (and nefarious
activities), are working hard to sink the collection of government programs
providing assistance to legions of small and microbusinesses often referred to
as the 'backbone' of the U.S. economy by pundits and practitioners.
Beyond the typical
opposition to anything creating benefit for the underdog, there is an
ever-increasing chorus of activity calling for the demise of set-aside programs
related to government contracting. This includes a combination of:
who believe all contractors are unnecessary;
who prefer the perceived safety and security of working with an
organization with the cash reserves to buy small countries, and;
of those elected to positions to effect meaningful change.
All of this contributes
to the methodical chipping away of the foundation of these programs.
Not sure what I'm
Ideas continue to sprout up from all sectors on ways
the small business programs should be implemented. No one, it seems, is taking
a serious look at fixing what is already in place. Case in point is the latest
contribution from The Honorable Claire McCaskill to throw
out the existing classification and size standards system and replace it
with one that makes it easier for small businesses to participate in government
contracting. In the process, let's turn the entire contracting community on
it's head and nothing will get done for the next ten years as small, medium and
large companies and the entire U.S. Government adapt to this new system.
retired Naval officer and current small business owner recently cited on my
blog, "The timing for this initiative doesn't exactly convey the Senator
has a grasp of the big picture considering the U.S. Government and economy is
facing the potential of a ship wreck level event. When your ship's heading
toward the rocks in gale force winds with one engine out is a bad time to
decide to renumber all of the ships compartments just because...."
out there listening?