Posted: September 13, 2012

Readers respond: My business needs an even playing field

Here's how I'm voting, and why

Kent Stringer

(Editor's note: This is one of an occasional series of columns from readers about their perspective on which candidate, President Barack Obama or Gov. Mitt Romney, would be better for business. We welcome your views! Please submit your 500-word opinion piece to lryckman@cobizmag.com, and we will post the best from both sides.)

There is very little evidence that traditionally budget-busting Republicans make any sustainable contribution to stable economic growth.

We are paying the price now for irresponsible spending, deregulation and corporate welfare. President Ronald Reagan campaigned on conservative spending and is surpassed only by President George W. Bush in excess spending.

Bush was elected at least partially on the concept of privatizing Social Security. That would have been a disaster in light of the financial crisis. Gov. Mitt Romney only offers more hocus pocus and short-sighted economics.

My business needs safe roads, clean water, a fair legal system, fire departments, police, affordable health care, stable financial markets and an even playing field. I would prefer not to compete with corporations that have phony offshore ownership to give them a tax advantage.

My employees and I need government to play these roles. Real conservatives believe in pay-as-you-go economics.  Bush conducted two wars virtually on credit cards, without any plan to pay for them.

There is no indication that Romney will be fiscally responsible. Romney comes from the self-entitled “I got mine” camp.

Pro-small business is not just a sound bite. My answer is that my business would be better served by President Barack Obama.

Kent N. Stringer is the founder and president of Pueblo-based Colorado Fire Sprinkler.  He has more than 20 years of experience in the automatic fire sprinkler industry and more than 10 years experience as a licensed fire suppression system contractor.

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Readers Respond

The privatization of Social Security would have fared just fine. Even with the bungling of the recovery by the Obama administration the stock market has rebounded to pre collapse levels. By Tom on 2012 09 13
Great points. I totally agree. By Scott Rodwin on 2012 09 13
Your column carries weight, especially since you are one business that is actually impacted by regulations. I have said as loudly and often as possible that what is good for BIG business is not necessarily good for SMALL business, but the media's and politician's time, attention and energy are expended on the Big Ones. Lumping us all together leaves most of us out of the picture. Nice job. By Vicki on 2012 09 13
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