Open Letter to Santa Claus

Dear Santa,

It’s been a while since I have written, 35 years give or take and a lot has happened since my last letter.  I’m taller now, I’ve grown facial hair, some of that hair is now grey, I’ve gone to college, gotten married, had kids, and started a company.  Overall life has been pretty good since my last letter, it’s had its ups and downs, but overall it’s been a fairly decent life.  You might be scratching your beard wondering why after all these years that I’ve decided to break my silence and contact you.  I have a request for Christmas.  Just one.

For Christmas I would like the government to help small businesses everywhere, we have all watched over the past couple of years as Wall Street has had just about every kind of assistance possible.  We have watched the government bailout financial institutions, auto makers, make closed door agreements with unions and more, all while small businesses and entrepreneurs have suffered due to the failing economy, many of them closing their doors and calling it quits.  So this year for Christmas is for you to get congress to do the following:

  • Lower small business taxes to encourage hiring, advertising, capital investment and more
  • Ease the restrictions on small business loans
  • Wave expensive government fees for the year such as the $16,000 fee to the  FTC in order for a call center to call consumers nationwide
  • Waive income tax for businesses making less than $500,000 if they reinvest the funds into their business
  • Encourage the unemployed with skills to start their own businesses
  • Make research grants accessible to smaller businesses

Santa, I think this would be a good start, I think that small businesses deserve a break don’t you?  After all over 50% of all companies are small businesses.  Let’s create an atmosphere of success in the small business sector and help small businesses thrive because their success is beneficial to everyone.

Santa I know you have connections in Washington and I hope that you will take my request seriously.  Please give my regards to the elves and Rudolph.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Joe Melle and the Throttle Media Blog will return in January.