Congresswoman Janice Hahn is telling her constituents to shop locally.
If there was any place left to do shopping locally, I would feel inclined to go out and buy.
Most stores are shuttering down throughout the South Bay. It's disgraceful how President Obama's economic policies have not only failed to turn the Great Recession into a Great Recovery, but has prolonged the economic agony.
When prospective employers have no sure understanding as to how much it will cost to mount and maintain a business; when they do not know how much it will cost to train and maintain a new crew of employees, then entrepreneurs understandably balk at setting up shop. No local shops means no local shopping.
Congresswoman Hahn ought to understand this. While she represented the 15th Council District of Los Angeles, Downtown San Pedro turned into a ghost town, to which she also approved a 400% hike in parking fees.
The cruise line industry at the Port of Los Angeles is still struggling to rebound from the economic shock that has afflicted global markets. The Waterfront is still waiting for a proper renovation. These stalled efforts have hurt local merchants more than anything else.
If Congresswoman Hahn really wants to help small business, she could start be extending the payroll tax credit for working Americans. Next, she should push for a repeal of ObamaCare, a medical mandate, and she should push for an end to all the other anti-business legislation (Dodd-Frank; Green legislation, including Solyndra) that has rolled out of Washington D.C. since Barack Obama came to power.
Less government means more business; more business means more local merchants, and more local shopping. It could not be any simpler than that!
To phrase it another way, we can start shopping locally again when Washington stops governing, and especially when Washington stops micromanaging local and state governments with high taxes, excessive spending, and encroachment states' rights and individual liberties.