Lots of good comments re small biz: a few clarifying points.
–There should be no confusing the key point of the previous post. It has nothing to do with ideology or politics: most firms are small, but most employees work for large firms.
–I make a distinction, though perhaps I did not emphasize it enough, between small businesses and the small business lobby. The former are worthy of support and help for reasons I emphasized in the post and that commenters have as well. The latter—their lobby—seems to me to have tremendous political clout which too often blocks progressive policy.
–I could be wrong about this clout factor—I’d like to be, in fact, though I’m afraid I’m probably right. To find out, I’m going to invoke my friend Jacob Hacker, co-author of the excellent Winner Take All Politics and a premiere expert in precisely this type of question. He’s the guy to adjudicate this question. If he’s amendable, I’ll post his response.
–Here’s another point I should have made. The small business lobby is NOT a monolith. I’ve done some work with this group—the Small Business Majority—and I really like where they’re coming from. Ditto re the Main St. Alliance.