Obama’s Small Business Administrator stepping down

posted at 4:01 pm on February 11, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

In the latest announcement of his Cabinet’s second-term reshuffle, President Obama’s Small Business Administration chief Karen Mills revealed that she will be stepping down from her post as soon as the administration can find a successor, via Politico:

Karen Mills, who’s led the Small Business Administration since early 2009, plans to leave her position, she announced Monday.

… In a statement, President Obama thanked “for her outstanding work on behalf of America’s small business owners and entrepreneurs.” “Over the last four years, Karen has made it easier for small businesses to interact with the federal government by reducing paperwork and cutting through red tape,” he said. “She has played a leading role in my administration’s efforts to support start-ups and entrepreneurs.”

Mills was also “instrumental” in passing the Small Business Act, Obama said, and it’s because of Mills’s work that “our small businesses are better positioned to create jobs and our entire economy is stronger.”

The SBA’s main function is to help provide loans, loan guarantees, and other forms and federally-backed assistance and incentives to ostensibly support small businesses; in January of 2012, in yet another of his showy displays of just how very seriously he’s been meaning to focus on jobs and the economy, President Obama elevated the SBA administrator role to a Cabinet-level position — which is all well and good, if you’re willing to accept the premise that piling on even more government bureaucracy and federal interference is the best way to build up the private sector.

All of President Obama’s major legislative ‘achievements’ have done plenty to hurt the small businesses he’s always claiming to want to help, who are least poised to cope with complicated and expensive compliance costs and don’t have the money and resources comparable to bigger businesses to garner political favor in the robust rent-seeking war Obama has actively engendered. As Tim Carney pointed out recently:

The media too often see Washington battles as Big Business vs Big Government. This is usually not the case. Often it’s Big Business & Big Government vs. Small Business.

Brookings scholar and Clinton, Gore, Mondale advisor William Galston wrote a piece today telling liberals that they need to side with Big Business over small business if they really want to increase the government’s role in the economy. Writing in The New Republic, Galston writes:

“The Obama administration will need to recognize the fervent opposition of small businesses to its priorities, while taking advantage of large corporations’ willingness to cooperate.”

Galston is exactly correct about the alignment of interests. Big Business tends to do well when government intervenes. Small business dies.

If President Obama had really wanted to show his fondness for and support of small businesses, perhaps he would have thought a bit more thoroughly about ObamaCare and his impressively high-volume regulatory rollout in the first place, and skipped the mere bureaucratic rearrangements and special-treatment band-aids.

No word yet on a possible replacement for Mills’ feel-good Cabinet position.


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In a statement, President Obama thanked “for her outstanding work on behalf of America’s small business owners and entrepreneurs.”

He then thanked Robert Mugabe for his tireless work to promote democracy and civil rights.

Orwell on steroids.

CorporatePiggy on February 11, 2013 at 4:04 PM

In the latest announcement of his Cabinet’s second-term reshuffle

It’s not a reshuffle.

Everyone is quitting on him. you know–the same way liberals call Palin a ‘quitter’.

When playing Poker and you’re on a streak, there’s a time to get out; quit while you’re ahead. Other times, best for the rats get off the sinking ship.

I wonder, with all these resignations, what they know that we’re not being told.

Liam on February 11, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Whatever happened to the Secretary of Business?

blammm on February 11, 2013 at 4:09 PM

I wonder, with all these resignations, what they know that we’re not being told.

Liam on February 11, 2013 at 4:07 PM

They know that we’re going to run out of easy money in about 2-3 years. Half a year later, people will start clamoring to put hemp to practical use – and not of the smoking kind. Around that time, I expect a very sharp drop in D.C. property values.

Archivarix on February 11, 2013 at 4:10 PM

“Small business has been totally devastated over the last few years, so my work is done here.”

dentarthurdent on February 11, 2013 at 4:16 PM

They know that we’re going to run out of easy money in about 2-3 years. Half a year later, people will start clamoring to put hemp to practical use – and not of the smoking kind. Around that time, I expect a very sharp drop in D.C. property values.

Archivarix on February 11, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Something is very wrong here. If this happened under Bush, the media would be celebrating that he no longer has the confidence of his own people. But here, with Obama, people of all levels are getting out.

I don’t know about you, but to me this has a smell of fish kept around too long.

Liam on February 11, 2013 at 4:17 PM

In a statement, President Obama thanked “for her outstanding work on behalf of America’s small business owners and entrepreneurs.” “Over the last four years, Karen has made it easier for small businesses to interact with the federal government by reducing paperwork and cutting through red tape,” he said. “She has played a leading role in my administration’s efforts to support start-ups and entrepreneurs.”

Speaking as a fairly successful small business owners of nearly a decade who has come to find his own government to be the single most significant impediment to business, let me just respond with, “Ahahahahahahah*breathe*ahahahahahahaha F*** YOU!”

deepdiver on February 11, 2013 at 4:17 PM

No wonder this gal is stepping down, there won’t BE any small businesses here in the US with bho/team/dc bunch left for her do anything! The epa/taxes/millions of regulations are seeing to it only foto’s get to have a business!
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letget on February 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Around that time, I expect a very sharp drop in D.C. property values.

Archivarix on February 11, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Well, of course, who wants to live in a neighborhood with rotten fruit hanging from every tree?

GWB on February 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Czars.

More czars!

Shy Guy on February 11, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Obama hates small businesses. They are harder to control.

The socialists want 5-6 big businesses, all in their pockets.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM

There is so much redundancy in departments that don’t even need to exist… I absolutely loathe what progressives have done to the government in this country. These idiots are just about to furnish off the goose that lays the golden eggs. They act earnestly and in total ignorance with only their good intentions guiding them. That is if they arent just outright thieves and fascists.

To Gehenna with all of them. The country is not the damn government, it Is the people. Government has to shrink.

tom daschle concerned on February 11, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Along with just a few basic intelligence questions:
Can an island capsize?
Can earth’s temperature affect the path of an asteroid?
16 trillion + 3 trillion = ?

dentarthurdent on February 11, 2013 at 4:23 PM

To answer you from the liberal perspective:

Yes

Yes

Not enough

Well…you asked!

Liam on February 11, 2013 at 4:26 PM

I have a small business..

Thanks Obama Care

Electrongod on February 11, 2013 at 4:26 PM

O/T: Ted Nugent to Attend SOTU

Ted Nugent in a suit and tie? Talk about historic.

BobMbx on February 11, 2013 at 4:27 PM

BobMbx on February 11, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Wonder if Ted will get the ‘total’ body search before they let him in? All those guns and stuff Ted uses don’t you know!
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letget on February 11, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Small Business Administrators can’t resign!

Oh, wait…wrong resignation…

Waggoner on February 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Good man…very popular

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 4:41 PM

We just need Dumbo to appoint a Secretary of Jobs. That person will answer to the Jobs Czar. They will fix errything and stuff.

search4truth on February 11, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Ted Nugent in a suit and tie? Talk about historic.

BobMbx on February 11, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Sweaty Ted is a regular contributor to the Washington Times. He did a pretty good job against Piers Morgan last Monday here in Katy, TX last Monday too. He’s about the most articulate rocker since Frank Zappa.

DanMan on February 11, 2013 at 4:45 PM

The socialists fascists want 5-6 big businesses, all in their pockets.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM

FIFY. If they were socialists, they would only have 1 big business: government.

GWB on February 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM

The hatchet work being done on this good man is sick. Right after this article was another about Benedict falling short

But as Benedict’s legacy takes shape, naturally drawing contrasts with his predecessor, his record appears to be comparatively weak on political leadership, global travel and outreach to other faiths.


I am not Catholic but I wondered why the conservative priests on EWTN were so excited about this Pope, so I have followed him. Benedict was asked, as Cardinal, why the pedophile priests could commit such crime. His answer: if their faith was a theoretical, a hypothetical, they could do this, but if they truly believed their faith, they could not. He won me over. If they believed? no way

From the hatchet job:

He might have found cause in working with Muslim-majority countries such as Turkey or Egypt, particularly as political Islamism rises, toward fair treatment for Christian minorities (though Egypt’s Christians are Coptic, rather than Catholic). He might have preoccupied himself with the fault line between Christianity and Islam in sub-Saharan Africa, where many Christians are Catholic.

Benedict engaged ,although you did not see this on the MSM. He invited islamic religious leaders to find commonalities. His invitation suggested that all men could agree, that even without religion, men held common belief in certain human rights, and certain moral codes. His invitation was sent back multiple times with a counter offer to discuss one truth: that there was one god and Mohammed was his (only) prophet.

Benedict did this to show the world what the West faced. Then he set up a meeting anyway. You did not see this on the MSM, but on EWTN you could watch as the public discussions were immediately taken over by screaming islamists. The point of his setting up the meeting was to reach out, but also reveal

The Catholic church recognizes the plight of the Copts, Iraqi Chaldeans and others, but again, the work done will not be covered by the MSM, which spends it time smearing this Church

Benedict’s last great Homily, this Christmas was an explanation of the modern disease, how man’s vision of reality itself is tempered by his faith, or lack of

…we need to listen to Saint Paul’s exhortation: “Betransformed by the renewal of your mind” (ROM 12:2) Paul speaks of renewal, the opening up of our intellect (nous), of the whole way we view the world and ourselves.

The conversion that we need must truly reach into the depths of our relationship with reality…Benedict 2012 Christmas Eve Mass

This homily connects to problem of outreach to the islamic world (the concept of two different realities, and the muslim leaders denying there was common morality outside of the faith). It ties into one of his first Easter Homilies, which surprising called the next great ecumenicism would not be between Catholic and Protestant, but between believers in Christ (the golden rule, repentance, forgiveness, and salvation) and the rest (no commonality, my way or the highway, and intolerance for infidels)

It ties into the corrupt priest, who if he believed in God, would have feared the mighty force of judgement. Benedict preached the disease of the world was pushing god out, creating a godless reality. Until God is a part of our reality, we will be adrift – although he still believed men had inherent understanding of right and wrong

He made a huge impact on youth. The March on Life in DC this year was huge, and it was mainly young people. Again, not covered at all by the MSM

Recently, he had to be helped to kneel, and then to stand. He is very very frail. You could hardly hear his voice. He is a great Pope. I am grateful I had EWTN to hear his words. God bless him

entagor on February 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

My apologies. How did this end up in a business thread?

So sorry. Guess my PC is still totally virus whacked

entagor on February 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Gee, real bang up job there, Karen! If the Dimocrats act like they normally do, I’m sure your failure will be rewarded with a prompt and highly lucrative promotion.

Meople on February 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Who? Never heard of her and I bet the majority of small business owners didn’t receive help from her either. I’m looking forward to seeing how she spins her stint with BO as a resume enhancer.

Charm on February 11, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Quitting due to forecast lack of work. After Obamacare’s full implementation at the end of this year, there won’t be enough small businesses left to keep her busy.

michaelo on February 11, 2013 at 6:23 PM

To answer you from the liberal perspective:
Yes
Yes
Not enough
Well…you asked!

Liam on February 11, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Well shoot – you gave them the answers./
Now we have to come up with new questions for the test….

dentarthurdent on February 11, 2013 at 6:35 PM