How America Lost Its Way: It is getting empirically harder to do business (and grow) in the United States

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    Jun 10, 2013 7:07 PM GMT
    There's another post about how depressing job growth is... well little wonder.
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324798904578527552326836118.html?mod=trending_now_1

    Consider the evidence from the annual "Doing Business" reports from the World Bank and International Finance Corporation. Since 2006 the report has published data for most of the world's countries on the total number of days it takes to start a business, get a construction permit, register a property, pay taxes, get an export or import license and enforce a contract. If one simply adds together the total number of days it would take to carry out all seven of these procedures sequentially, it is possible to construct a simple measure of how slowly—or fast—a country's bureaucracy moves.

    Seven years of data suggest that most of the world's countries are successfully making it easier to do business: The total number of days it takes to carry out the seven procedures has come down, in some cases very substantially. In only around 20 countries has the total duration of dealing with "red tape" gone up. The sixth-worst case is none other than the U.S., where the total number of days has increased by 18% to 433. Other members of the bottom 10, using this metric, are Zimbabwe, Burundi and Yemen (though their absolute numbers are of course much higher).

    Why is it getting harder to do business in America? Part of the answer is excessively complex legislation. A prime example is the 848-page Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of July 2010 (otherwise known as the Dodd-Frank Act), which, among other things, required that regulators create 243 rules, conduct 67 studies and issue 22 periodic reports. Comparable in its complexity is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (906 pages), which is also in the process of spawning thousands of pages of regulation. You don't have to be opposed to tighter financial regulation or universal health care to recognize that something is wrong with laws so elaborate that almost no one affected has the time or the will to read them.
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    Jun 10, 2013 7:20 PM GMT
    " A prime example is the 848-page Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of July 2010 (otherwise known as the Dodd-Frank Act), which, among other things, required that regulators create 243 rules, conduct 67 studies and issue 22 periodic reports. "

    Republican legislators and industry lobbyists fuck an idea into a sham of complexity as they fight for every possible loophole before they agree to allow it to pass,

    THEN THEY COMPLAIN ABOUT HOW COMPLEX IT IS.


    And you wonder why we neither trust them nor the foreign agents who cheerlead for them.
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    Jun 10, 2013 7:32 PM GMT
    blazerblue said" A prime example is the 848-page Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of July 2010 (otherwise known as the Dodd-Frank Act), which, among other things, required that regulators create 243 rules, conduct 67 studies and issue 22 periodic reports. "

    Republican legislators and industry lobbyists fuck an idea into a sham of complexity as they fight for every possible loophole before they agree to allow it to pass,

    THEN THEY COMPLAIN ABOUT HOW COMPLEX IT IS.


    And you wonder why we neither trust them nor the foreign agents who cheerlead for them.


    Right... Barney Frank and the Obama Administration which passed it into law are excellent examples of Republican legislators. icon_rolleyes.gif

    That being said, there's a lot of blame to go around given that Republicans are also hardly consistent allies with less government and bureaucracy and they have also played a major role in this mess. They are however hardly the leaders of it.
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    Jun 10, 2013 11:24 PM GMT
    Well .... you know there are advantages to bootstrapping the biz offshore. Hell, even in Canada.
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    Jun 12, 2013 12:03 PM GMT
    conservativejock saidWell .... you know there are advantages to bootstrapping the biz offshore. Hell, even in Canada.


    Yep, according to a few indices, Canada is easier to do business than the US now. Which is kind of remarkable - and our taxes are lower in many instances.