Both political parties are saying that voters have a "clear choice" at the ballot box this year. But for small business and self-employed voters who are looking for answers within the party platforms that were finalized at the national conventions, the answer is about as clear as mud. In fact, the Republican and Democrat party platforms are suspiciously interchangeable when it comes to promises to America's small businesses. Don't believe me? Take this little quiz, and identify which of these statements are from the Democrat platform and which are from the Republican platform:
But what about the detailed commitments to small businesses and the self-employed? Here's another brief quiz. Match the statement below to the proper national party platform:
Ready for the answers? The sad truth is that these statements don't appear on either party platform. They do, however, appear on the platform of the National Association for the Self-Employed. Instead of pie-in-the-sky ideals, we'd be better served by some real policy solutions from the parties and the candidates. That's the only way the self-employed and small business owners can truly have a clear choice.
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