Today, we were up north for a Denver Gourmet Food Truck event (that was absolutely delicious). We drove around looking at the economic development taking place in the city, which is at a much larger scale and at a greater rate than in southern Colorado. There are many variables that go into that, and this post isn’t to talk about the difference. This is to talk about how people can survive without government bureaucracy protecting them from everything.
If you will recall, I mentioned that we would have the opportunity to see if the world would go on if a government department shut down. We are at at least three weeks into this test and I am happy to report that the world is still spinning. Wait to you find out about what I am talking about.
In talking to these Food Truck Renegades, we were happy to hear that our event would be easy and fun for them to attend because of the limited red tape involved with our venue. When businesses have the opportunity to make money, they will. My own small business was privy to this – if my local Pueblo City Council would have allowed me to just run my farmers’ market, rather than fight me all the way with excessive rules and regulations (that the city-run markets did NOT have to follow), then I could have brought several thousand dollars into the community. But they fought me, and I couldn’t.
As a candidate and future congresswoman, it is my responsibility to listen to the plight of small business owners and actually do something about it – not just pay lip service to the problems. As a fellow small business owner, I can relate to others who have to work through this red tape – just to make it. We will change this.