Here is yet another example of Democrats kicking the little guy. This time, the evidence comes from Atlanta.
Larry Miller, a former president of the Atlanta Black Vendors Association, and Stanley Hambrick sell souvenirs outside Turner Field in Atlanta, and have been doing so for over 20 years. To be able to do this, they pay $250 per year to the City of Atlanta for a site from which they can sell their goods. Over the years, they have done quite well. As an example, Mr. Hambrick has been able to help send three of his children to college.
That is about to change.
In 2009, former Atlanta Mayor, Shirley Franklin, a Democrat, urged (and received) passage of a city rule that now requires all street vendors to operate solely out of “government approved” kiosks. These kiosks are being built by General Growth Properties, a management company based in Chicago. So, if Messrs. Miller and Hambrick wish to remain in business, they will now have to rent a kiosk. The cost will range from $500 to $1,600 per month. The city of Atlanta will get a percentage of that rental income, and the rest gets stuffed in the pockets of General Growth Properties, a “tiny” little company whose shares are sold on the New York Stock Exchange.
Earlier this month the Institute for Justice filed suit to block this insanity claiming that the law,
…interferes with the vendors’ rights to ‘earn an honest living free from unreasonable and anti-competitive government restrictions.’
It’s anyone’s guess as to how this law suit will turn out. But, before this mandate, Atlanta’s non-food vendors added about $250 million to the Atlanta economy. Should the law be upheld, it will be only the rich who will be able to sell anything on the streets of Atlanta.
Democrats don’t care about small business. This is but one example, but you can also look to President Obama’s plan to raise taxes on small businesses. And, they certainly don’t care about the little guy. See: Cape Wind.
The sooner the American public realizes this, the better off this country will be.