I owned a photography studio in my sleepily little town.

Hello GoingGalt,

I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. Life has kept me ridiculously busy. For what it’s worth, I respect your decision to go into business and pursuing your passion. It’s a lot of work and sacrifice. Even though I lean left on a number of things, I think that the real small business owners (100 people or less) are being lost in the discussion a lot.

We both agree that the government burns through way too much money, and it’s completely out of hand. If we, the average citizen can budget our money, there is no reason that our members of government shouldn’t do the same.

With that being said, where you may be in it for the love of what you do, and wanting to make you clients happy, many others are in it to make a profit. The amount of money that the government takes in is based on the taxes of working citizens like you and I.

I’m of the mind that the government should not bring in a surplus. None the less, it should still spend wisely, with minimal waste. If there is a surplus, then the tax rate (particularly income taxes/FICA) should be cut. This should apply to both state and federal government. It’s our responsibility as constituents to hold them accountable for doing so.

Also at the end of the day, the motivation for business is to bring in more than you spend. This includes if you mean simply making enough to put food on the table and the utilities then save a little money in case something bad happens. If the motivation is to simply give without bringing in a profit, that resembles more of a charity.

However, if you’re meaning (which I think you are) that the government should simply minimize wasteful spending, and not run a deficit then we’re really on the same page.

Thank you for taking the time to read, and I wish you well in both life and with your business. :)

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