The Government’s Three Card Monte
Many of you know that I am currently running for an elected office in Orange County, Calif. Believe me when I tell you that the gap between throwing stuff at your television when politicians begin to evade questions and actually running for office is a chasm that Evel Knievel might have considered leaping over as a pay-per-view event.
When running for office, you spend a lot of time researching what you talk about as opposed to simply shooting from the hip or, heaven forbid, making something up as you go along. You see, California has lost 47,000 employers in the past 12 months, and I wanted to know how much government fees, taxes and regulations played into these decisions.
As I was doing my due diligence on small business development, or lack thereof, I was astounded to discover that in order to open a simple pet food store in Southern California, you need to submit and pay for no less than 25 national, state and local permits, fees and taxes. I know that not all of my readers are from California, so I invite those of you living in the other 49 states to see how many of the following you can scratch off the list in order to see where your state stands.