Fewer Loans Means Fewer Borrowers

Opinions are split concerning the significance of plummeting federally backed loans to small businesses in Rhode Island:

“There is capital available today that you can access without the [SBA] guarantees,” said Kenneth B. Martin, executive vice president and director of business banking for the bank’s parent, Citizens Financial Group. “That is typically the case when you have a good economy and a very competitive banking landscape.”
In other words, the small-business loans offered through the SBA are being replaced by other types of bank loans that are often “less expensive,” Martin said, and therefore more attractive.
Not so, said Mark S. Deion, president of a business-planning consulting firm, Deion Associates & Strategies Inc., and a small-business advocate. He said that what appears to be a lack of demand is actually the result of businesses getting discouraged with banks.
“Let’s put it this way: If you know you’re going to get laughed at in the face, why ask?” Deion said. “People are using home-equity loans and their credit cards … and they’re paying 13 percent [interest]. The reason is it’s easier to get the money. … It’s the path of least resistance.”

Personally, I’d suggest that readers turn a few pages to my own “R.I.’s economic clock runs down,” which may persuade them that another possibility ought to be considered: that the strata of residents who would normally seek small business loans are fleeing the state. There are fewer of the sorts of people who could and would turn loans into profit and economic growth, which ought to weigh heavily on our minds as the state responds to people who live off of the economic stream that our government siphons away.

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OldTimeLefty
13 years ago

Why not stop spending so damned much on the ridiculous war in Iraq and make some of the money available to the SBA? Reducing war spending would also stop so many people from fleeing this earth.
OldTimeLefty

msteven
msteven
13 years ago

OldTimeLefty
In an earlier post, you reacted to a comment saying public school teachers don’t care about children with this:
“what hubris. How in hell can you speak for all public school teachers. You might just as well say that all _____(fill in the blank) are _____ (fill in the blank). A stupid and meaningless assertion.”
And then you come up with this:
“Why not stop spending so damned much on the ridiculous war in Iraq and make some of the money available to the SBA? Reducing war spending would also stop so many people from fleeing this earth.”
The only intelligent reaction to that is –a stupid and meaningless assertion.

rhody
rhody
13 years ago

We can argue over semantics, but let’s face it: the war has drained a lot of money out of the economy. Not to mention those families whose breadwinner is in the Guard and on a third (or more) tour of duty – think of the economic consequences there.

observer
observer
13 years ago

Justin, I think I saw Sen. Alves and Rep. Costantino in line at the tryouts for “Deal or No Deal” at Twin River today. They did say they would examine all possible revenue sources, right? You may want to reconsider your analysis.

OldTimeLefty
13 years ago

msteven,
Obviously you know nothing about intelligence.
OldTimeLefty

Greg
Greg
13 years ago

Now I know I’m going to Hell…
Instead of going to war so the DIA could steal 500,000 barrels of oil a day from the Iraqi people in order to compete with the CIA’s self-funding from opium sales we could have either really lowered taxes on the American people or solved dozens of problems within and because of our government.
Please begin the “Black helicopter” cracks from the idiot peanut gallery that truly believes that Congress runs the government and not the Alphabet Soup Intel agencies.

Monique
13 years ago

“Instead of going to war so the DIA could steal 500,000 barrels of oil a day from the Iraqi people”
Greg, if you’re being serious, can you please provide a link that demonstrates that we are stealing even one barrel of oil from the Iraqi people?

OldTimeLefty
13 years ago

Monique,
Oil hell. We stole Iraq from the Iraqi people.
OldTimeLefty

Greg
Greg
13 years ago

Oooookay. I put up a link to a NY Times story about the disappearance of the oil and now it’s gone.

Justin Katz
13 years ago

Honestly, Greg, I don’t recall seeing that comment come through, but I’ll check when I get home this evening. If I accidentally deleted it with the morning spam, I’ll repost. Either way, if you still have the link, since nobody deliberately nixed it, feel free to put it up again.

Monique
13 years ago

aHA! Justin is working for the Bush administration, as evidenced by his deleting that link.
Yes, Greg did post such a link. It stated that a US government report indicated that a lot of Iraqi oil was unaccounted for – presumed to have been siphoned and stolen.
Greg’s point was that the CIA (or, presumably, the US gov’t) had stolen that oil. While his link makes that the point that a bunch of oil was stolen, it didn’t point to the culprit. Plus, if it were the US gov’t, why would they rat themselves out by issuing this report?
I’m not saying the CIA or the US gov’t did not steal this oil. I’m only saying that Greg’s link did not appear to make the case.

Justin Katz
13 years ago

OK. Here’s Greg’s missing comment. I must have, when scanning the comment list for spam, seen the generic-looking URL at the very top of the comment and checked the spam box.

Greg
Greg
13 years ago

Most times the best evidence has to be searched for. The loss of this oil continues to this day and no cause has been determined, but in this time of high oil prices, there is ZERO media ‘outrage’ of this issue. Virtually no coverage of it at all.
The absence of serious, in depth, frontpage coverage itself is HUGELY telling.

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