Small Business Owners React to the Bailout

The government's $700 billion rescue plan inspires mixed feelings at best from U.S. small business owners. Some say the plan was rushed

As the House of Representatives was set to vote on the newly reconfigured economic bailout package (passed by the Senate on Oct. 1 and by the House on Oct. 3), small business owners across the country—some of whom are already squeezed by the credit crunch (BusinessWeek.com, 9/26/08)—are reacting with a mix of frustration, anger, and disbelief as the government attempts to relieve the ailing credit markets with a $700 billion rescue plan. The day before the legislation was expected to be pushed through the House, BusinessWeek's Stacy Perman spoke with a spectrum of small business owners across the country who shared their reactions to the plan.

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