“I see my job as kind of a middle man and interpreter for both sides,” McCracken says.
McCracken’s job brings together two of his great interests — the economy and politics. He studied economics at Trinity University in San Antonio and later came to Washington as a member of the staff of then-Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. But after six months, he was ready to move on, and in 1988, he took a position as a junior government affairs staffer at the NSBA. In 1997, he became CEO.
But running an organization like the NSBA has its frustrations: “There are so many potential priorities, you really can’t do everything in figuring out the right thing to work on.” Still, McCracken observes, that’s what it’s like to be a small business owner who continually must deal with a variety of issues at one time.
McCracken spoke with The Associated Press recently about some of the issues involving small business. Here are excerpts from the conversation, edited for clarity:
Q. Obama vs. Romney. Who would be better for small business?
A. It depends on what kind of business you’re in. If you’re very sensitive to tax policy and low tax rates, you’re going to get lower rates under Mitt Romney than you will under Barack Obama. If on the other hand, you’re an exporter and need some
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