Stacking the Deck Against Small Business—Again!

You have to wonder what goes through the minds of our congressional elite when they are cloistered in their committees working out their next brainstorm, chuckling about how this bill will keep them (the legislators) in business by screwing things up just enough for people to want them to fix the problems of their own making, but not enough for people to start looking for rope and suitable tree limbs. Our current economic crisis would be a fine case in point except for the growing desire among the electorate for rolling congressional heads. No, a much better example of this legislative perversity can be found in a bill that has been floating around the halls of Congress for the better part of a year. It is the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2008. The House version, HR 5819, was sent to the Senate back in April, where it is currently in committee. It is a fairly routine piece of legislation that funds the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) p... [Read Full Article]