Government spending cuts will hurt businesses

May 31, 2011

It seems lost in the budget cutting news and rhetoric that significant cuts to private sector businesses are likely to occur as the federal, state, and local governments cut back on domestic spending across the board. Small and medium size businesses sell many goods and services to the government, and without necessary government spending, their private sector businesses (and accompanying employment) suffer also. These examples include mom and pop restaurants serving government workers locally and various vendors and contractors, whether to sell office supplies or specialized consulting expertise.

In short, I find it somewhat disingenuous that those calling loudest for government budget and spending cuts don't seem to discuss, at least prominently, how the private sector will suffer as well, especially in our still fragile economy with high unemployment.

Kenneth Lemberg

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