Senate Small Business Committee Chairman, David Vitter, is taking a stand to end the Obama Administration’s rampant anti-small business policies. On May 19, [mc_name name=’Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’V000127′ ] sent a letter to SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet asking for a complete list of all the firms the SBA reported as small businesses in fiscal year 2014. He also asked for the volume of federal small business contracts those firms received and the firm’s current status as a small or large business.
[mc_name name=’Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’V000127′ ] was responding to a damming investigative report that was released by Public Citizen on May 6 titled, “Slighted.” The subtitle was “Accounting Tricks Create False Impression That Small Businesses Are Getting Their Share of Federal Procurement Money, and the Political Factors That Might Be at Play.”
Public Citizen was being very politically correct in their reporting of the rampant fraud and abuse the Obama Administration has perpetrated on American Small Businesses. The report was based largely on the American Small Business League’s research and several hours of interviews I did with them.
My suggestion to Public Citizen for a title was, “Obama Cheats Middle Class Small Businesses out of Billions While Continually Telling Them How Vital They Are to The Economy and Job Creation.” They said it was too long.
I’m very happy Public Citizen did the report, even if it did sugarcoat the billions that the Obama Administration has blatantly cheated the middleclass out of. It scared the White House so much they abruptly cancelled a big shindig they had planned for May 8th to brag about the record level of federal contracts to Fortune 500 firms they planned to claim were awarded to small businesses. Several members of the President’s cabinet were to attend along with other high level Obama Administration officials. It was going to be quite an impressive dog and pony show.
Now they’ll have to eat crow and come up with some more BS about why they have allowed Fortune 500 firms to hijack billions a month in federal small business contracts. My guess is the Obama Administration is going to stick to the old reliable “miscoding, computer glitches, anomalies and simple human error” excuses they have used for the last few years. All the journalists in DC have been buying it for years so cant’ blame them for sticking to what works.
No journalist has asked SBA Administrator Maria-Contreras-Sweet, or any other SBA Administrator, why these alleged random “miscoding” and “anomalies” always seem to cheat small businesses, divert small business contracts to Fortune 500 firms and fabricate and inflate the volume of federal contracts that appear to be going to small businesses. Of course it’s mathematically and statically impossible for random errors to always cheat small businesses, but so far very few people, other than myself, have figured that out. Public Citizen couldn’t.
In addition to cheating small businesses by diverting small business contracts to corporate giants, Washington Business Journal’s Kent Hoover reported the fact the Obama Administration has cheated small business out of even more contracts by excluding approximately $100 billion a year in federal spending from their calculations on the percentage of federal contracts awarded to legitimate small businesses.
The Small Business Act that mandates small businesses receive a minimum of 23% of all federal contracts. I have won dozens of Freedom of Information Act cases against the federal government that have forced the release of thousands of pages of federal small business contracting and subcontracting data. Few people in America have ever seen as much data on federal small business contracting as I have
I estimate that as opposed to the 23% of all federal contracts requires by law, American small businesses are receiving no more than 5 percent. By juggling the books on the real annual federal acquisition budget and by reporting billions a month in federal contracts to corporate giants as small business awards, I estimate Obama has cheated middle class small businesses out of at least $500 billion since he took office.
I’m hoping [mc_name name=’Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’V000127′ ] will hold hearings on this anti-small business scam and finally put an end to the staggering fraud and abuse in federal small business contracting programs that have defrauded middle class small businesses out of billions since Obama took office. Small businesses need more champions in Congress like [mc_name name=’Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’V000127′ ].
Let me close with my two favorite quotes from President Obama.