Teapublican Lie #7.

“Raising taxes on millionaires will hurt small business.”

After all, most small businesses are owned by millionaires, right? Rrrrright!

This whopper seems to stem from the Teapublican definition of small business. You see, they define small business by ownership rather than brands, offices, employees or income. In other words, since Cargill is a closely held, privately-owned company, Teapublicans define it as a “small” business. Similarly, they define Koch Industries as a “small” business. In case you don’t already know, these are the two largest privately-held corporations in the world! Both measure their profits by the billions. Yet Teapublicans lump them into the same category as the owners of the small clothing store on Main Street or the corner café!

In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve been a small business owner since 1987. Moreover, I’ve served hundreds of small businesses as clients. As it happens, I have also completed projects for Cargill and Koch Industries. I can tell you beyond the shadow of a doubt that those companies have absolutely nothing in common with small businesses. And I can tell you that 99 percent of the other clients are not owned by millionaires, let alone billionaires.

So, President Obama and Congress, go ahead, raise taxes on millionaires and billionaires. Most small business owners will thank you for it.