Small Business Index Is The Highest It Has Been In Decades: We call it Good News Friday because it’s a chance for David and Tim to share some good news from across the nation and around the world. In this episode, we talk about how the small business index is the highest it’s been in decades! How Arkansas is repealing a large number of regulations! How Florida is bringing God consciousness back into schools. And more!

Air Date: 09/21/2018

Guest: Jim Dotson

On-air Personalities: David Barton, Rick Green, and Tim Barton


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Faith And The Culture

Rick:

Welcome to the intersection of faith and the culture.  This is WallBuilders Live! Where we’re talking about today’s hottest topics on policy, and faith, and the culture, all of it from a Biblical, historical, and Constitutional perspective.

Good News Friday!

It’s Good News Friday around here at WallBuilders! We love Good News Friday. It’s a chance to share some good news with you, and I get to hear some good news that I didn’t know about. Because David and Tim Barton go find all these great stories that have not been covered in the major media. And it’s stories of people like you making a difference in their communities, in their states, in the nation, sometimes around the world. So we’re looking forward to some good news today.

David Barton is America’s premier historian, and our founder at WallBuilders. Tim Barton is a national speaker and pastor, and President of WallBuilders. My name’s Rick Green, I’m a former Texas legislator.

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If you would like some more good news then go to our website at WallBuilders Live.com. And you can click on the archive section and get some of the past Friday programs where we had other good news you’d probably like to hear. And you can also go to our WallBuilders.com, our main website, and get some great tools to equip and inspire you and your family and the folks in your community.

David, Tim lots of good news I know you’ve got in that stack there. What do you want to start with?

80% of All Jobs Are Created By Small Business

David:

Let’s start with some economic good news. And it is really kind of long-term economic news because it deals with small businesses. And, Rick, when you were in the legislatures, small business was a big thing. It’s a huge thing in Texas. We tend to be aware of large business and Wall Street kind of stuff. But 80 percent of all jobs are created by small business.

Rick:

That’s right.

David:

And so while a Toyota plant comes in, or Dell does something, or Amazon is adding a new plant, that’s great. It gets all the glamour. But it’s that 80 percent that work in businesses of three people, or five people, or 15 employees, or whatever, that’s where the health really is.

The Small Business Index Is Highest It’s Been in Decades

What we’re seeing now, the report is now out on the small- what they call the Small Business Index- and the Small Business Index is now the highest that it has been in decades, literally, in decades. And by the way, one of the things they measure is the optimism of small businesses. In other words, when small businesses are looking to the future.

Small Business is Optimistic

Because if you’re a small business, you’ve got 3, 5, 7, 12 employees or whatever,   your income is not like the billions that come in for Amazon and for those guys. You’re really on the edge, and you see your income in a very real way. And, man, I don’t know if I can keep three employees next year, I’m going to let one go.

The optimism side is really huge for small business because they’re much closer to the numbers, much closer to the margin lines. For that optimism being high is a big deal. And by the way, attitude really is a huge thing in business, particularly small business.

So Much of Economics is About Attitude

I don’t know that people necessarily understand the Dow Jones Industrial Average, but why is that you can get a negative report somewhere and the Dow Jones Industrial Average will just plummet? That’s all an attitude. So much of economics, and so much of economic growth and expansion deals with your attitude of optimism.

If you think things are going to be alright, and things look good in the future, then I’m going to make some loans, and get some capital, and buy some new machines. And I’m going to go ahead and get some new workers to run those machines because, man, it looks like business is going to be good for the next five years. So I’m going to expand right now.

Number of People with Jobs Rose by 1.7 Million

As a result of what’s happening with that, we’re seeing, for example, here’s part of this report is- the number of people with jobs rose by 1.7 million. And again 80 percent of that comes from small business. And here’s the number of workers with full time, permanent jobs has increased by 2.4 million.

Man, these are really, really, really big numbers. As you go into this story and say, “What’s the deal here?”

Tax Cuts and Deregulation Have Been the Driving Force of this Small Business Boom

They point to two things, small business points to two things, that have really kind of turned the corner for them. One is the tax cuts. Those tax cuts that the Democrats said, “Ah that’s so small, nobody is going to notice it. It’s no big deal.” The tax cuts, and by the way, we covered a number of Good News Fridays that the tax cuts really did make a big deal.

But the other thing is deregulation. The number of regulations that are going away. And about 25 percent of a family’s income, over in a year, is spent to comply with the regulations. Now you don’t know that, but when there’s more regulations on business you pay more for bread, you pay more for milk, you pay more for gasoline, you pay more for your clothes. So what you pay over the course of a year, about 25 percent of it goes to dealing with regulations.

As regulations drop, business expense drops which means they have more disposable income to hire more people. And that’s why we’re seeing the increase in jobs. So the tax cuts and the deregulation, and by the way, I heard from the administration just last week that they are still averaging every new regulation that goes in, there repealing 22 regulations. So that’s really good. And that’s good for business.

Representative Jim Dotson Passed Bill in Arkansas that Cut State Regulations by 25%

And, as a matter of fact one of our friends in Arkansas, state representative of Arkansas Jim Dotson, was able to get a bill passed in Arkansas. That single bill cut 25 percent of the state regulations in Arkansas, one bill- 25 percent.

Rick:

One out of four regulations gone.

David:

Gone. With one bill! What that does for business owners, and optimism in Arkansas, excetera, it’s really big stuff. And this doesn’t, who’s really thrilled overregulation? Nobody wants to talk about that. Yeah but it has a real impact on your pocketbook. It has a real impact on your job and your future. These are things that really are big. And so we thought getting Jim on to talk about what he did in Arkansas might be a fun thing to do as part of Good News Friday.

Rick:

Well that’s kind of a special thing. We don’t usually have a guest on Good News Friday. But we’re going to do it this week. Representative Jim Dotson will be with us to talk about how those regulations were repealed. Stay with us! You’re listening to WallBuilders Live.

 

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Representative Jim Dotson Joins Us to Talk About Deregulation Victory in Arkansas

Rick:

Welcome back! Thanks for staying with us here on WallBuilders Live! Representative Jim Dotson with us from the great state of Arkansas. Representative Jim Dotson thanks for coming on brother.

Representative Jim Dotson:

Hey, thanks for having me Rick. Great to be with you.

15,000 Pages Repealed From Arkansas Rules and Regulations

Rick:

Well it’s great having you back. And just appreciate your good work there in the state of Arkansas. And looks like you guys are rolling back tons of regulations, and just the opposite of what people typically say, “You create a government program. You create a regulation never goes away.” Am I reading this right, 15,000 pages are being repealed from the Arkansas rules and regulations?

Representative Jim Dotson:

Yeah. Give or take a hundred or so probably.

Rick:

Wow.

Representative Jim Dotson:

Out of the 33,080 rules identified, 830 of them we are repealing.

Rick:

Wait a minute. So you’re talking about like one out of four, 25 percent?

24.6% or One out of Four Regulations Removed

Representative Jim Dotson:

Yup, I mean if we’re going to get technical, 24.6%

Rick:

Alright, this is actually quite remarkable man. I’ve been around government all my life, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that kind of a percentage of these types of rules and regulations being dialed back. How did y’all pull this off with- typically government is so difficult to dial back?

Representative Jim Dotson:

It was something where we wanted to look at periodically reviewing all the rules that are created when a state agency or a institution promulgates rules after laws passed. And  those things never get looked at again after they’ve been implemented and put into place.

And so the thought was, “Let’s look at those and review those on a periodic basis, and see if we need to roll them back or get them modified, updated, amended, and that sort of thing, to be current with whatever the case may be.”

Rick:

Right.

AR State Agencies Listed and Sifted Through Existing Regulations

Representative Jim Dotson:

That bill actually failed in 2015. So I picked it up and thought it was a great idea. Worked with Governor Hutchinson’s office. And during the 2017 session we– just back up one step further, we discovered that Arkansas doesn’t have any online searchable database of rules. And so the reality of it was we didn’t know exactly how many rules we actually had on the books, or what the status of those were. So in working in conjunction with the governor’s office, we said we need a baseline and we need a starting point to go forward, before we start setting a periodic review.

So this is actually the first step in the process for that larger, overarching goal of continuous review of rules and regulations in the state. The first step was December 1st of last year, 2017, all the state agencies in the state had to submit a list of what their current active rules were- when they were promulgated, what statute, either state or federal, gave them the authority to exist, and when they became effective. And that list, those agencies spent six months working on trying to get together.

The AR Legislature Went Through the List And Repealed Roughly 15,000 Pages of Rules

And then they went through and tried to identify that by July 1st which rules were ridiculous, which ones they didn’t need any longer, and submit this list to us of the current existing rules which ones they wanted to repeal and do away with immediately.

That’s where we came up with about 25 percent of all existing rules. They said these are, some of these are obsolete. Some of these actually are on the books still for laws that have been repealed and no longer exist. So they are unnecessary and unneeded regulations.

And they came up with this whole list. And the legislature in the last few weeks has gone through, reviewed that list, and voted to repeal about a quarter of all the existing rules, or 15 thousand pages, roughly, of rules in the state of Arkansas.

Rick:

Yeah and that’s no easy task, man. You went through, you guys went through a ton. And I noticed that Governor Hutchinson definitely called you out on it and thanked you and was very grateful for that. This took some time and some effort. So when he signed it, he made it clear you guys had put in some significant effort.

“There Was a Number of Ridiculous Ones”

Representative Jim Dotson:

There was a number of ridiculous ones. And then there were some more practical ones as well that I’ve heard various stories on, as they started going through some of these things, where there was duplicative type things. Two different agencies were requiring a permit for the same thing. And so one of them said, “This other agency, it’s more in their wheelhouse. Why don’t you keep yours, and we’ll repeal ours?”

It’s, there’s been some practical business friendly regulation adjustments. This has also set off a process where a lot of agencies are beginning to update their existing rules. There’s probably another 25 percent of the rules that are out there that are beginning the process of amendments to update them, maybe they haven’t been looked at in 10, 20, 30, 40 years and they need an actual update to what their existing rules are.

Rick:

Gotcha gotcha. So there’s still more work to be done.

Governor Hutchinson Termed It the “House Cleaning Bill”

Representative Jim Dotson:

Oh absolutely. In fact like I said this is the first step in the process. The bill also, now that this first step is complete, it’s kind of the spring cleaning if you will. Governor changed it, termed it the “House Cleaning Bill”.

So we’ve cleaned the books to a large extent, at least to what we could as of this moment. And now by the end of the year the law requires the governor to divide all remaining rules into six roughly equal sized groups. And one of those groups will come up for a repeat of this process, once every four years.

So we should never get to the place where we have so many ridiculous rules on the books–

Rick:

Yeah.

Unless Legislature Votes to Extend a Regulation, They Will “Sunset” After 24 Years

Representative Jim Dotson:

–without somebody looking at it. In fact the way I drafted the legislation, it actually requires the rules to sunset at the end of that group review unless they are extended by the legislature. So we’ll have to have a formal vote to extend the rules for another, what is in essence, a 24 year period of time, six groups times four years apiece. Unless a rule is extended for 24 years, it expires at the end of its, whenever its group comes up for review.

Rick:

Man, Jim, I am so glad to hear you say you set it up that way. Because it makes government justify what it’s doing, right? It has to come back to you guys and say, “Hey this is legit regulation, it needs to be voted on again instead of it just being there–

Representative Jim Dotson:

Absolutely.

Rick:

–forever and lasting forever.”

“The Practical First Step is Drafting the Legislation”

Representative Jim Dotson:

You know we always talk about getting rid of rules and regulations and streamlining government. But where’s the bill to vote on? The practical first step is drafting the legislation, getting it out there, and then also having the governor’s support in requiring these agencies to actually go through with a fine tooth comb and take out some of these rules and regulations.

Because there was a lot of work on the agencies, where they probably should have been doing this type of thing before cleaning up their books, streamlining. But there was nothing that was requiring them, or forcing them to. So it just sort of went from year to year, to year to year and before long it was decades later and we’ve got rules on the books that nobody ever uses.

Rick:

Right.

Representative Jim Dotson:

But those are things that businesses and regular citizens have to wade through in order to figure out what they’re actually subject to.

Rick:

Yeah.  

“Arkansas Is Taking a Huge Step Forward”

Representative Jim Dotson:

Arkansas is taking a hugely huge step forward. And in one fell swoop of getting rid of 25 percent, roughly, of what was on the books, but now the next step is going to be keeping it cleaned up and having a continuous monitoring of the rules so it doesn’t get in this sort of situation again.

Rick:

Yeah, yeah no doubt. Well, I would say getting rid of 25 percent of all rules and regulations is actually worth calling the hogs. I think we should have our listeners all over the country learn how to call them.

Representative Jim Dotson:

Absolutely.

Rick:

Call the hogs– Hey Representative appreciate your time. Thanks so much for coming on, and thanks for you guys doing good work. And just keep it up and look forward to having you back again soon.

Representative Jim Dotson:

Hey I don’t know if you saw the picture or not, but 15,000 pages is a stack of paper taller than me.

Rick:

No I didn’t see it. So it was taller than you.

Representative Jim Dotson:

Yeah it was pretty cool. We had a press conference, and we actually took out- there’s 500 pages in a ream of paper, so we had over 30 reams of paper stacked one on top of each other.

Great Deregulation News From Arkansas!

Rick:

I’m pulling-

Representative Jim Dotson:

–taller than me.

Rick:

I’m pulling it up right now! I’m looking at the press release from the governor now I see it. You guys, standing right between you guys. Wow that’s incredible. Crazy, crazy. Well, man, appreciate your hard work. And look forward to having you on again soon. Thanks for your time.

Representative Jim Dotson:

Absolutely. Thank you Rick. Have a great day.

Rick:

You too! Stay with us folks! We’ll be right back with David and Tim Barton.

 

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Less Regulation Allows Citizens to Provide Better Services

Rick:

Welcome back to WallBuilders Live! Thanks for staying with us. And thanks to Representative Jim Dotson for joining us here on our special Good News Friday program this week. And David, Tim back with us now. Guys, I mean 25 percent. And of course some of the stuff he mentioned obviously was mundane or old stuff on the books, but there was a lot of good stuff as well.

And just to clean up the books like this, as a citizen I want to be able to understand what the laws are and not have this massive spider web of regulations, which is what most states have. Where you don’t even know if you’re violating some reg on your small business. You’re just trying to make a living and provide good services and goods to people in your community.

Tim:

Yeah it really is sad that you can get yourself in trouble by ignorance of something as a business owner trying to do something good, and all this red tape, and all the process, and the headache that you go through just trying to provide a service for somebody, trying to be a benefit and a blessing. So it really is a great thing that Jim has done. What Arkansas is doing. You know it’s sometimes painful as a Texan when some of the neighboring states are doing good things, to have to go, “Hey guys well done. I hope we can follow your lead.”

Rick:

Right.

Great Law Introduced By Democrat In Florida

Tim:

We have enough pride in Texas. We like to say, “Well just follow everything we do.” Almost like when Paul said “Follow me as I follow Christ.” Like on some level it’s pretty amazing, almost borderline arrogant that you can be like, “Hey just do whatever I do. Because I’m going to do the right thing.” Right? Like that’s pretty cool what Paul said, I wish Texas could say that. But but kudos to Arkansas and Jim for what they’re doing to cut back on those regulations. Really good news.

Rick:

Well you guys I know have other good news items we want to try to get in today. So jump, go for it. Tim I think you’re next on some good news.

Tim:

I got one at the top of my stack is from Florida, and this is actually a response to the shooting that happened down in Parkland. Obviously a terrible, a tragic event that happened.

Kimberly Daniels Brought Bill Requiring All FL Schools to Display National Motto “In God We Trust”

And it’s very interesting there was a lot of calls certainly for all kinds of legislation. Right? From things of banning high capacity magazines, to having mental health, to having security going into school, lots of things that were suggested.

One of the things that has become law, that actually is in all the schools right now, was a piece of legislation, actually really interesting great news- I think is a great piece of legislation- but I’m going to give kudos here because we don’t get to do it often. It was filed by Democrats. And it’s not often that on good news we are praising something the Democrat Party has done. This is one that is really pretty incredible.

So what happened in Florida is there’s a piece of legislation that actually was signed by Governor Rick Scott, who Governor at the time, I guess he’s running for Senate now, but he signed this into law. And it was actually requiring that all school buildings display the national motto “In God We Trust”.

And it was very interesting because this piece of legislation led by this Democrat, and actually it was Kimberly Daniels who also happens to be a pastor. So, right, she very much was motivated by wanting kids to know who God is. And part of the thought behind it was that, right, if we can bring some of this God-consciousness back into schools, then maybe kids can remember some moral values that actually are taught through religion and morality.

This Law Could Reinvigorate God-Consciousness & Moral Values in Schools  

And there was a lot of opposition from people that are saying, “This is just a political stunt. We don’t need more religious feel-good things in school. What we need is action, and anti-guns, and ban assault rifles.” So certainly there was opposition, but it really is good news that you do have legislators that are recognizing one of the things that will make a difference is kids actually recognizing that God who said, “Don’t murder.” Right, the God who said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

So even though strategically you have to argue, like this is really, we’re recognizing a historical thing the Founding Fathers did and this is part of our history. All of that is true, but the trickle down consequence of this is if you can help kids remember there is a God and you were created in the image of God, then it helps kids remember that they themselves are not God. And that they cannot purely have subjective morality and do whatever they want.

Children Recognizing God and His Morality Is Something That Will Benefit Schools and Make a Difference  

So it really does help bring a God-consciousness back. So this is really good news from Florida, that every single school building is required to display, and it says conspicuously, right, so in an obvious place they are required to display the national motto “In God We Trust”. So really good news coming out of Florida.

And from a pastor who is a Democrat legislator, Kimberly Daniels. So well done Kimberly Daniels.

David:

And may her tribe increase. I hope she gets more, and more, and more Democrat legislators across the country who will introduce the same type of legislation that is terrific news.

Rick:

Quick break guys. I feel like this is a Good News Friday SEC version. So we got Arkansas and Florida covered so far, I’m assuming when we come back and have Georgia, or Mississippi, or something, we’ll see. We’ve got time for one more good news when we come back. Stay with us you’re listening to WallBuilders Live.

 

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Lots of Good News From the South!

Rick:

Welcome back! Thanks for staying with us on this Good News Friday which has turned into our SEC version of good news.

Tim:

And Rick let me point out, when we were going to break you mentioned some SEC locations, you did not mention Alabama roll tide. You did not mention Texas A&M, which left the Big 12 to join the SEC, so I was curious was that an intentional slight? Is Texas A&M now dead to you that they’ve left the Big 12? Or–

Rick:

It’s partially that, it’s also that Alabama’s won so many national championships, they get enough press. So I was just leaving them out on purpose.

Tim:

Ok we’ll see, see-

Rick:

Yeah.

Tim:

They’ve won so much. You’re going to get tired of winning, you’re going to be sick of winning. And we’re going to win so much. Maybe not. Anyway we can go back to good news.

Rick:

Yeah. And my son is going to get onto me for leaving out at Texas A&M because he’s a Bush Gool guy.

Black and Hispanic Unemployment Hit Record Lows Under Trump  

But anyway, alright so I think David’s up, right? David what’s your last piece of good news for the day?

David:

Well my last piece is just a whole lot of headlines. I’m just going to run through some headlines. Here’s a headline that says, “Hispanic unemployment hits a record low under Trump”. It has now dropped to 4.6 percent. That’s the Hispanic unemployment rate. Here’s one, “Black Americans unemployment hits a record low under Trump”. It’s dropping to 6.6 percent.

Decline in Poverty & Unemployment Rate Ties for Lowest Level in Almost 50 Years

Here’s a headline that says, “New jobless claims fall to 218,000 as overall number getting the benefits declines”. So that’s another one that is good news. Here’s a headline, “U.S. unemployment rate ties the lowest level in nearly 50 years”. That’s a good news. Here’s a headline, “New statistics show a decline in poverty in Trump’s first year”. So poverty is falling. I mean just- there there’s so many of these headlines going one after another. And of course I got all these off of CNN’s website. I went to CNN–

Tim:

I’m going to call your bluff on that one.

David:

Well yeah, maybe not, maybe I didn’t get them from there. But there is so much good news out there that we’re just not getting in the mainstream media. And so many record lows in the right direction.

Lots of Good News: Booming Small Business, Deregulation, Jobs, and Decline in Poverty!

Rick:

Alright so your last piece of good news was a lot of good news, not just one piece. But anyway a lot more good news for you folks at our website at WallBuildersLive.com. Be sure and check out that archive section, and those past Friday programs, as well as the rest of the programs throughout the week, it’s all good stuff.

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