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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Small business is our economic backbone

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 14, 2013

If you listened to those running for office each year, you'd think small businesses were truly the backbone of this country. But if you watch what the federal government is doing, you will see its actions send a completely different message.

In the eyes of the government, small businesses are expendable in the name of saving money. As a small-business owner, I can tell you the government has gotten it wrong when it comes to the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) and how best to use small businesses.

The government needs to stop creating programs that stymie competition and instead create more opportunities for small businesses to compete. More competition will mean lower prices and savings to the government. Less competition will only mean higher prices down the road. So in a sense, some in the government are willing to take their entire savings upfront with the hopes this model will sustain itself. The reality is that when you lock small businesses out of competition for government business, you hurt the agencies, taxpayers and the overall economy.

FSSI has the potential to be a long-term solution for the government, but in its current form, it is nothing but a house of cards that will topple down and cause higher prices owing to less competition. That's not good for government agencies, taxpayers or the small businesses across this country that keep the economy afloat in good times and bad.

PAUL MILLER

Fairfax

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