This is older now, and I thought about it posting it before, but especially after the debate, I thought it was interesting because Obama seems like he wants to essentailly match the Republican tit-for-tat with respect to entepeneurs and small businesses.
I don't really see anybody in politics question if we should really be encouraging new businesses that much.
"No reasonable person can question the importance of entrepreneurs in our economy. We need them to create new businesses and jobs. Of course, we also need schoolteachers, firefighters, auto mechanics and custodians. The question is: do we necessarily need more entrepreneurs, and, if so, what policies should we pursue to persuade more people to start businesses?
There is more than the usual amount of silliness around discussions of entrepreneurs and small businesses, and it infects both political parties. While it is easy to point to the Apples, Googles and other recent upstarts that have grown into large, successful companies, the vast majority of new businesses fail within their first decade of existence. At the most immediate level, more entrepreneurs means more failures.
If we make it easier for people to become entrepreneurs, then we should expect many more failures. The failure rate of the people who are induced by new government policies to become entrepreneurs will almost certainly be even higher than the average for the current group of entrepreneurs."
I added the emphasis.
There's more at the link:
I think this also gets into the issue of what is REALLY wrong with the economy. Is it job growth due to lack of hiring (i.e. more small businesses to hire people), lack of consumption so no reason for businesses to grow, or other things.