PHILLIP WALKER is CEO of Network Solutions Provider,
an Inc. 500 company in El Segundo, California.
How would you like to see the
government stimulate the economy?
Create programs that educate businesses on new technology. There is a
huge technology barrier between the
companies that are making it and the
companies that are struggling. Having
the Internet is one thing; being educated on how to use the Internet to
make your business successful online
is quite another. That is what a lot of
small businesses are missing.
The SBA should create programs
that give entrepreneurs access to CIOs.
Or give them access to people who
have run corporations to give them
advice. Help small businesses become
early adopters. Help them become
innovative. It’s great that businesses
now have the Internet at such blazing
speeds, but show them how it helps
their business other than allowing their
employees to play FarmVille better.
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campaign against cuts to their
favorite spending programs
and tax breaks. Most of all, it
assumes that Republicans will
resist the fiscally catastrophic
temptation to do the easy
thing—namely, to cut tax
rates—and not the hard
thing—to cut popular spend-
ing programs and beloved tax
breaks. Congress tried once
before in the Bush years—and
failed. That’s why there’s a case
for a split government for the
next two years. “The majority
of Americans live politically in
the center,” says Kauffman’s
Stangler, “and thus very likely
would prefer divided govern-
ment. It may result in less
sweeping legislation, but if
radical change makes you ner-
vous, that may be fine.”
Isn’t a split government
a euphemism for stalemate?
Not necessarily. We’ve actu-
ally seen the grownup
approach to the issues that
matter to entrepreneurs.
It was embodied in the
chairmen’s report from the
National Commission on
Fiscal Responsibility and
Reform, better known as the
Simpson-Bowles report, of
late 2010. It’s true that Paul
Ryan, a member of the com-
mittee, disavowed it. Barack
Obama, reading the politics
of that, didn’t endorse it. But
the way the deficit will actu-
ally be tamed: with a painful,
widely loathed combination
of revenue increases and
That was also the premise
of the talks last summer
between President Obama
and House Speaker John
Boehner, the so-called Grand
Bargain talks. Until the negoti-
ations fell apart at the 11th
hour, it seemed that all the
necessary noses were going to
be held and a deal was going
to be struck.
Dan Ferrara is Inc.’s deputy editor.
Eric Markowitz and Jeremy
Quittner contributed additional
reporting for this story.