The Problem With Tax Incentives
Professor Schorer is a serial entrepreneur who specializes in the start-up acquisition and development of small and mid-sized companies. He focuses on businesses with unique ideas or technologies that are in need of guidance during their initial growth phases. Cliff has been involved with companies in the high tech arena, his last position being CEO of GeoVideo Networks, a Lucent Technologies Venture. Prior to that his career included businesses in the real estate, office-supply and health care industries. During the early 1990's he spent a considerable amount of time in Russia using his entrepreneurial approach to assist in the privatization process During his extensive professional career, Schorer has lectured in numerous business and academic forums both in the United States and abroad. He has developed financial management software programs for business education through his publishing company Bized.
Question: What's the problem with tax incentives?
Clifford Schorer: First of all, I'd like to see a lot of tax incentives eliminated because I think a lot of it's channeled to the wrong special interest groups and do very, very little to help small companies so that's a concern of mine, the oil companies getting breaks for thing, even tobacco farmers being subsidized. I think some of it is absurd. I'd love to see some of that money being channeled in to the entrepreneurial spirit that made this country great. I also think that we could solve a lot of major, major problems in this world by utilizing our government's ability to support things in a different manner. I'll give you an example. Let's say we — We're certainly having an energy crisis. Right. We're watching gasoline prices really impact the middle class and lower class in this country. It's devastating. I think a lot of people are actually charging on credit cards their gas and they're paying 18% interest and they're going to have a lot of problems. Why couldn't for example the United States government say, "Okay. Let's get our automobile manufacturers together. Let's calculate out things like if in three years no more than a four-cylinder engine could be used in any automobile," — calculate what it would cost in losses during that transition, put together a fund and say, "You know something? The government is going to create a research fund to help build more efficient automobiles and we'll supplement you and stabilize you during that period by giving you money to invest in technologies." Something like that to me would be addressing incentives, using government dollars towards improving the overall economy, but we don't seem to think that way and that troubles me.
Recorded on: 5/13/08
Cliff Schorer says tax incentives to special interests should be eliminated.
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