Eliminating red tape is a major campaign issue for entrepreneurs. "We're in a good economy right now," says Small Business Survival Committee president Christopher Wysocki. "Small businesses are working hard to succeed. They want to be left alone."
Gore helped make reducing regulations the centerpiece of the Clinton campaigns, and he's won plaudits for his efforts. "That's an area where we'd give him a strong plus," says NASE's Thayer. The vice president's campaign touts such efforts as the signing of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. Without many specifics, he promises more of the same.
It's fair to note, as NSBU's McCracken does, that regulatory relief under the Clinton administration has come mainly from the enforcement side. The policy side of most agencies, however, remains active.
Bush has one clear regulatory policy on his agenda: a federal version of Texas' Sunset Review Board. This state oversight panel reviews each government program once per decade to see if it still has a job to do and whether it's doing that job effectively.
Getting all riled up about politics? Read about Jesse Ventura, someone that really gets down and dirty, in "Wrestling With Reform."