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:
detractors who believe all contractors are unnecessary;
those who prefer the perceived safety and security of working with an organization with the cash reserves to buy small countries, and;
inaction 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 talking about?
Anyone remember H.R. 3558?This was the legislation introduced by Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama designed to let incumbent contractors awarded small business set-asides be eligible to recompete for the work even though they had outgrown their small business status as a result of success. Mr. Griffith proposed these companies would become small businesses if they lost the contract so they should be able to compete as small businesses even though they are considered "other than small businesses" by the current rules.
This conjured up thoughts of Yogi Berra and "It's déjà vu all over again" for some reason.
The Chief Visionary
"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."