By Guest Writer: Ferndale Resident Jim Pettinger…
Business Owners are People Too
I hate to think that Governor Inslee is being vindictive towards individuals who are business owners, although it definitely does appear that way. However, my experience indicates it’s likely more a matter of GROSS IGNORANCE of the real world. They seem to have concluded that business owners are wealthy, greedy, dishonest and uncaring about their employees and customers. Therefore, they feel it’s OK to keep piling on the taxes, fees, rules and regulations – particularly labor regulations requiring business owners to literally adopt a problem employee to avoid a L&I penalty or “shakedown” lawsuit. They seem to think that business owners are those cute little people in the bank ads, whom they condescendingly label as “entrepreneurs”. They rarely mention that business owners are actually real people, with wives and husbands and children, all dependent on whatever scraps might be left over after everybody else takes their piece of the action.
If you divide the adult population between those who create wealth and those who consume or redistribute wealth, there is an accelerating and alarming increase in the numbers favoring consumption/redistribution. Consequently, the demand on wealth creators is becoming more and more onerous. There is also a growing divide between businesses that are owner-operated and those that are shareholder-owned, manager-operated “multi-nationals”. Control of the former is nearly always “local”, while control of the latter is a nebulous blob located in some far-flung domain (see: Intalco).
Business Owners are People too continues below this list:
THE LIST OF CAUSALITIES OF COVID SHUTDOWNS BEGINS HERE…
Fourth Corner closed small businesses in Washington (not a complete list; updated 12/26/2020). If you have additions in the 5 Counties of the The Fourth Corner Let us know at Charlie@thefourthcorner.com
8 Washington locations 24 Hour Fitness
Bellingham Bellingham’s Salvation Army Thrift Store
Bellingham Haggen Catering
Bellingham Over Easy
Bellingham Reset Games Arcade Edition
Bellingham The Bellingham Railroad Museum
Bellingham Village Inn Pub & Eatery
Bellingham ## 122 West Brewing Co.
Bellingham downtown Starbucks
Anacortes Cascadia Eye
Anacortes San Juan Lanes Bar and Grill
Anacortes The Neon Nest
Burlington Cascade Mall (The whole mall)
- American Eagle Outfitters,
- Spencer’s Gifts,
- Victoria’s Secret,
- Zumiez, Claire’s, Kay Jewelers,
- Bail Foot Spa & Massage,
- Bath & Body Works,
- GNC Live Well,
- Nails For You,
- Super Bow Threading,
- Laura’s Alterations & Tailor Express,
- Paris Miki Optical Lens Lab,
- On the Spot Repair,
- BLVD Fitness, Kahali Academy
Burlington North Cascades Harley Davidson
Burlington Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Burlington Sunny Teriyaki
Deming The Road House Bar & Grille
Deming ## Roadside Tavern
Everson Little Roadside Tavern
Ferndale Drake Dojo Martial Arts
La Conner Cottons
La Conner Salon Rouge Boutique & Spa
La Connor Bears ‘N Friends
La Connor Indigo Stitch, Cottons
La Connor La Conner Sweet Shoppe
La Connor Les Femmes
La Connor Pelindaba Lavender
La Connor Seeds Bistro & Bar
La Connor The LUX Art Center
La Connor Whitey’s BBQ & Catering
Lynden Lynden YMCA
Lynden Red Dot West
Mt Vernon Beaches Tanning Salon
MT Vernon Porterhouse
Mt Vernon Value Village
Oak Harbor 2020 Whidbey Makers Market Christmas Event
Oak Harbor Banner Bank
Oak Harbor Uniquely Put
Oak Harbor ## Soroptimist Thrift Store
Sedro Woolley Monroe’s Salon
Sedro Woolley Sweet Home Sedro
Sedro Woolley The Woolley Market
Business Owners are People too… Contd.
A few years ago, my wife and I attended a meeting in Everett, part of a state-wide series staged by the Association of Washington Business to provide a forum for small businesses. By the first break, we were both shocked to realize that, of the nearly 30 people in the room, there were less than five individuals who actually owned businesses. The rest were wealth consumers/re-distributors, including association personnel, members of government, academics, lawyers, accountants, insurance agents, real estate agents, etc. Needless to say we ignored our next invoice for AWB membership renewal.
Inslee’s continued draconian and slap-dash lockdown and micro management of the men and women who own and operate these closed and restricted businesses is basically equivalent to sending a pair of thugs into their homes with baseball bats and spray paint to destroy their belongings. It would be far more productive to simply issue sensible, broad guidelines, which would allow owners, employees and customers to exercise their adult judgment relating to individual situations. All the money spent on bureaucrats sitting in cubicles writing rules could be much better directed into helping individuals innovate and implement procedures that work best for each unique situation.
A perfect example of business owners being callously mistreated by the bureaucratic
lockdown when they should be being helped is the Bellingham Training and Tennis Club. The owners have worked tirelessly, and at great personal expense, to maintain employment and implement protocols that have made the club safer than being at home. Also, any fool could understand that the club’s programs and activities would actually improve participants’ physical and mental health rather than threaten. But now, after planning and marketing a complete lineup of fall and winter programs for both adults and children, they have again been slapped in the face by some new arbitrary rule designed in a cubicle by a highly paid government employee. And to make matters worse, the vagueness of the mandate means the owners’ hands are tied with regard to planning any marketing for several months.
I sincerely hope that mine and others voices will penetrate the very thick bureaucratic walls in Olympia and convince the Governor to consider treating his subjects as adults rather than foolish children incapable of making a rational decision.
How do we start a petition to recall Inslee? The effort to recall Newsom in CA is gaining a lot of traction even from Democrat business owners and large monetary donors. It is obvious Inslee and the health officials advising him/writing the ridiculous reglations are not following the well documented science about Covid that has been learned since the pandemic started. It is time we the people start to push back and regain our Constitutional rights that have been illegally usurped.