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How Big Government Hurts Small Business

Playlist: How Big Government Hurts Small Business (1 of 28)

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Joseph Semprevivo

Most small businessmen have enough problems improving their product, marketing and meeting payroll. When Uncle Sam and his state and local cousins get involved, life and business invariably get harder. Common sense regulation benefits everyone. But there is a level of regulation that benefits no one — except bureaucrats. In this video, Joseph Semprevivo, founder and CEO of Joseph’s Lite Cookies, gives his not-so-sugar-coated account of how the government too often hinders much more than it helps.

Simone Barron

What happens when politicians decide they are in a better position than business owners to know how much workers should be paid? We don't have to guess. Cities like Seattle and New York have already done so with their $15/hour minimum wage mandates. Simone Barron, a lifelong restaurant worker, recounts how "helping" her impacted her wallet, her career, and her life.

Carrie Lukas

Government-mandated employee perks might sound like a good way to help out working women, but, in reality, these programs do more harm than good. European women are already paying the price, and American women might be next. Carrie Lukas, President of Independent Women’s Forum, explains how keeping the government out of the workplace goes a long way toward keeping women in it.

For more information on Independent Women's Forum visit IWF.org

This video is part of the Robert W. Plaster Foundation Playlist: Free Enterprise Will Set You Free

Patrice Onwuka

What’s the best way to protect the rights of workers? Let them determine their own job preferences, or mandate that companies provide them with certain protections? California has chosen to take the latter path. Has it worked? Is it a victory for workers, or a debilitating defeat? Patrice Onwuka of the Independent Women’s Forum looks into these questions. Her findings may surprise you.

For more information on Independent Women's Forum, go to iwf.org/AB5

Stephen Moore

We're supposed to be the United States of America. But in many ways, we're now divided into two very different nations: red states and blue states. Which ones are succeeding? Which ones are failing? And why? To answer these questions, economist Stephen Moore compares them side-by-side.

Andy Puzder

Would a nationwide $15 minimum wage help or hurt American workers? Andy Puzder, former CEO of the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr., explains.

Arthur Brooks

Built into the foundation of free enterprise is a promise. It's a promise that no other economic system offers. This promise has a great deal to do with your sense of well-being, that is, your happiness. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton understood this. So does renowned social scientist, Arthur Brooks. In five minutes, he explains how happiness and free enterprise are marvelously entwined.

This video is part of the Robert W. Plaster Foundation Playlist: Free Enterprise Will Set You Free

Michael Tanner

The U.S. government has spent trillions of dollars in recent decades attempting to combat poverty, yet the poverty rate has remained virtually unmoved. Why? As social economist Michael Tanner explains, the "War on Poverty" has both discouraged work and ensnared people in hardship. The "War on Poverty," it turns out, is actually a "War on Work." In five minutes, learn the truth about government's counterproductive efforts to eliminate poverty.

Steve Forbes

With the smartest experts and the best economists, could the federal government run the U.S. economy? Could it keep America's $17 trillion economy going like a well-oiled machine? Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, explains why no one person or group can "run" the economy, and why any attempt to do so can only make things worse.

This video is part of the Robert W. Plaster Foundation Playlist: Free Enterprise Will Set You Free

David Henderson

What's the perfect minimum wage: is it $10 an hour? $15? $20? How about zero? That's right. Zero. While Congress discusses a minimum wage hike, economist David Henderson shows that any minimum wage makes it harder for unemployed people (particularly young people) to find work, and forces business owners to cut the hours of lower-skilled employees.

Information Station

Want to quickly understand the basics of running a business? Then studying your neighborhood lemonade stand is a great place to start. From supply and demand, to pricing, marketing and the costs of labor and supplies, lemonade stands provide a fundamental, albeit simple, way of understanding how hard it is to make a buck, and how much harder it is when the government takes its cut.

Information Station

Small businesses employ over 57 million Americans. And yet, the government's taxes and regulations overwhelmingly favor big businesses at the expense of small ones. Why? Find out in this short video.

Information Station

Many people believe the only path to higher wages is to put in more work hours, but there are actually many economic factors that go into deciding the number on each worker's paycheck. Watch this short video to learn more!

Job Creators Network

The American Dream is real, but it may not be for much longer. What exactly is the American Dream? And why is it in danger? Elaine Parker of Job Creators Network explains. Visit https://informationstation.org for more economics and business insights.

Information Station

If you were mailing an extremely important package, you'd probably trust FedEx more than the U.S. Postal Service. But why? Is it because FedEx is a private company, while the post office is run by the government? What are the differences between the "private sector" and the government sector? Why does it matter? Find out in this animated two-minute video.

Information Station

What do McDonald's, 7-Eleven, and Subway have in common? They're all franchisors that license franchises to small business people, who in turn employ countless Americans. But the federal government is endangering this hugely successful business model. Learn how in this short video.

Information Station

Did you know that U.S. businesses are taxed at one of the highest rates in the developed world? How bad is it? And why should you care? Watch this short video to find out.

Information Station

Politicians are always talking about growing the middle class. But what policies can actually accomplish that goal? Watch this short economics video to find out.

Lee Habeeb

The most famous fire in American history happened in Chicago on October 8, 1871. But it’s not the fire that was so remarkable; it’s what happened afterwards. Lee Habeeb, host of the nationally syndicated radio show “Our American Stories,” explains.

Debbie D'Souza

What do Democratic Socialists like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez want America to look like? They say they want America to emulate Scandinavian countries like Denmark and Sweden. But do their proposed policies reflect that? Or do they point down a darker path? Debbie D’Souza, a native Venezuelan and political commentator, investigates.

Nikki Haley

More and more, it seems people find it difficult to defend capitalism—even those who benefit from it most. But former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley takes a refreshingly different view: she thinks we should double down on it. Here’s why.

This video is part of the Robert W. Plaster Foundation Playlist: Free Enterprise Will Set You Free

Christina Hoff Sommers

Is there a gender wage gap? Are women paid less than men to do the same work? Christina Hoff Sommers, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, explains the data.

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NFL Quarterback Aaron Rodgers sums it up perfectly: we can't rely on government to help small businesses. People helping people is the way to go. Dennis Prager puts it another way: "The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." Every society in history has shown us that, as government grows, human freedom and happiness shrinks. Can we get back to the principles of liberty and individual responsibility?

Even Bill Maher has recognized the result of unchecked progressive policies and out-of-control taxation in a once-thriving state. There are lessons to be learned here.

Will Witt

Will Witt sits down with Angela Marsden, the owner of Pineapple Hill Saloon, who went viral last week after her restaurant got shut down, but a film crew set up a dining area outside for 200 members in the same parking lot.

Will Witt

Restaurants like The Original Pancake House Norco are defying the lockdown and reopening in order to survive. Will Witt visited the California restaurant to grab some pancakes and speak with the owner (as well as many happy patrons) about the decision to reopen.

Will Witt

States with more economic freedom will recover more quickly than states with heavy business regulations.

Will Witt and Eric Hovde discuss.

Watch the full interview here.

This video was made possible thanks to the generous support of Dr. Bob.

Economists everywhere agree: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is wrong about the minimum wage.

Would a nationwide $15 minimum wage help or hurt American workers? Andy Puzder, former CEO of the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr., explains.

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