Fighting for Small Business: The Engine of Job Creation
As the son of an entrepreneur and small business owner, I observed firsthand the challenges of starting and growing a business (also known as creating jobs). As a government employee, having worked in emergency management/emergency services for federal, state, borough and city governments, I experienced firsthand the limitations of working in a bureaucratic environment. Bureaucracy stymies innovation, and encourages apathy, while perpetuating its own growth at every opportunity. While I am very proud to be able to work in the fire service, I know that job creation has to involve more than simply hiring more firefighters. Government has a number of important functions to perform, like putting out fires. However, job creation is not one of them. In the end, that must always be left to the private sector.