Advice to Washington from an Actual Sausage Maker

Dec 10, 2012

Remember the adage? “What do law and sausage have in common? You don’t want to watch either being made.” As we watch the sausage-making in Washington surrounding a deal to avoid going over the fiscal cliff--tax increases and spending cuts set to smack the economy starting on January 1, an actual sausage maker stands by waiting:

Glier’s Meats, Inc., a fifth generation owned food manufacturer in Covington, Kentucky is deeply worried about the cuts that the fiscal cliff might force upon their business. They’ve already had to delay buying two new smokehouses, critical upgrades to their facilities, and the purchase of a new boiler with the hopes that the old one will hold out until the economy picks up again. These are gambles that no manufacturer should have to be making – hoping that they’ll be able to tread water long enough for Washington to sort out a self-inflicted mess.

Dan Glier, owner of Glier’s Meats, says the number one thing affecting his business is uncertainty. “We are trying to plan for next year, to invest where we need it, and it’s next to impossible. We’re basically pulling numbers out of the sky as we’re making our budget – and because of that, I can’t make the improvements we badly need. I just don’t know if the money is going to be there.”

As one who knows something about sausage making, Washington should listen to Glier:

The political posturing and verbal swordplay does nothing for the small business owners in this country. It’s time for Washington to put all of that aside and just get down to business. Offer up a solution that works and keeps us doing what we want – working for our communities.

Here’s a two-part solution:

  1. Extend all the expiring and expired tax provisions for a year and find alternative cuts to the sequestration that was never intended to happen.
  2. Work on a “Big Deal” that includes spending reform that addresses entitlements, tax reform that grows the economy, and an energy component to boost growth and generate government revenue.

Yesterday’s face-to-face meeting at the White House between Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and President Barack Obama might mean a deal can be smoked out. 

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