Wait for it...
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.
The 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
Policy. Ha! My employee wage and benefits program is better than your employee wage and
benefits program. I win!
What is the High-Road Contracting Policy? A plan
reportedly under consideration by the Obama administration that would
give a leg up in the bidding
process to contractors who pay their
employees higher wages and benefits, suggesting that the proposal
make the procurement system more costly and inefficient."
The result of the plan, if implemented, would be "...positive weight in the source
selection process would be given to bidders based on the labor standards
for their workforce. The criteria would include whether the bidder pays
a livable wage, provides "quality, affordable health insurance," an
employer-funded retirement plan and paid sick leave."
sense the agenda here? Those companies who have not been severely hurt by the
current economic downturn and can afford the skyrocketing cost of
employee medical coverages will enjoy life under this plan.
all comes down to who can spend the most money, again.
of like when a bigger company can outspend another company in the area
of marketing or lobbying activities.
You see, this is the "best
value" for which the American
Worker Project at the Center for American Progress Action Fund is
pushing so hard as described in their August 20, 2010 article "High-Road
Government: A Contracting Policy that Helps Workers, Taxpayers and
NOTE: The current White House and OFCCP say this policy is not
going anywhere at this time. Again, small businesses check your six!