The Mom and Pop Meme
Too Big too Succeed?
“When you buy from a mom or pop business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home.” Nor are you helping the approximate 58 million Americans who work for “large corporations”. By shopping exclusively with “mom and pop”, you are playing a role in the liberal guilt-trip on the American consumer that demonizes the successful at the expense of everybody else. Sure, the CEO may be a sleaze, but the guy in the mailroom needs his paycheck and benefits package, too.
Yes, Mom and Pop start-ups create more jobs, but they also lose them just as quickly. The longevity of a business, which is almost always marked by growth (ie small business moving towards “bigness”) is a better indicator of job security, better pay and benefits. Will you turn your back on Mom and Pop when they get too big? What is the cut-off between your support of Mom and Pop and your vilification of “Big Business”? Instead of “too big to fail” are you promoting a “too big to succeed” policy for the American economy?
“You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get his team jersey, a mom or dad put food on the table, or a student pay for college.” Sure, and we all know that none of the 58 million Americans who draw their income from “Big Business” are working to get any of these things for themselves or their family. Only Mom and Pop love their kids. The corporate drones in the call centers, mailrooms, and factories across the country could care less about their children!
“Our customers are our shareholders and they are the ones we strive to make happy.” Because Mom and Pop don’t care about turning a profit! Heck, they will just give their goods and services away! It’s only those evil corporations who expect to actually get paid enough for what they do that they can stay in business and keep funding the 401k’s, pensions, and health insurance benefits for their employees that want to make money. Thugs!
“Thank you for supporting small business.” But don’t support it so much that they become a big business! They will have to close up shop. Support Mom and Pop, but only just enough.