Government shuts down small-town business?

Harmer's Cafe

Recently we learned that in small-town Edgerton, Missouri, the popular and long-running Harmer’s Café may have closed their doors because of an inability to pay taxes. Popular with many local folks as a social outlet, a source of civic pride, and an important business for the community (employment and a tourism draw), Harmer’s may be amongst the last of successful small-town businesses to operate in this area. Edgerton, which once boasted grocery stores, a newspaper, it’s own power plant, and more, has in recent times become mostly a town of empty storefronts and the faded glory of a dried up individual entrepreneurial spirit.

With the Government touting jobs, and helping small businesses succeed, Harmer’s having to close because of high (or excessive) taxation would indeed be the height of hypocrisy – if this proves to indeed be true. However, as we’ve often observed, it’s more likely an example of a government that doesn’t know it’s right hand from the left, and is simply unaware of destructive policy or laws that are slowly – but inevitably – eating away at the heart of our State.

For now, we leave you with a few reviews that Harmer’s had garnered over the last several years – but stay posted as we work to find out more about this story.

By MikeTeachKC, 5/23/09 (Yahoo.com review) Not gourmet, but GOOD! The burger was fresh ground beef, hand formed and cooked on a flat griddle with cheese melted down into all the nooks and crannies. The service was friendly and fast. Every town needs a place like Harmer’s and every person should go there to eat, just to keep in touch with the heart beat of the country.

By BillieB, 9/3/08 (Yahoo.com review) harmer’s cafe is the best place to eat.I am 11 years old and the owner is my mom.yes the prices might be high but it is a nice place to spend time with your family.i get to eat there everyday and i never get tired of it.i live in edgerton and it is nice to have a wonderful place to eat close to home.and i also get to have the same food and love as i do there.

G.C. near Smithville Missouri gave Harmer’s a five star review (June 21, 2011) on Yelp: Good straightforward cooking without  frills.  Simple decor.  Pie made daily.  Worth the trip to the small town of Edgerton Missouri.

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One Response to Government shuts down small-town business?

  1. spinoza1111 says:

    These small businesses are ground like hamburger between TWO millstones.One may be taxes. However, businesses small and large benefit from things like roads and police protection, so they have to pay some tax.

    The other millstone? Large fast-food businesses that can always undercut small businesses in many ways.Large fast food businesses can negotiate tax breaks in return for “jobs” which turn out in most cases to be minimum wage. Large fast food businesses enjoy economies of scale: in the 19th century, it was actually considered quite wrong for small farmers to have to pay higher rates than large to the railroads for shipment. Nowadays, it’s “just business”. Large fast food businesses can replace quality with marketing. They can spew images of delicious hamburgers all over media and serve a feeble product. They also have made marketing to children, and thereby driving the whole family’s decision, a fine art.

    Large fast food businesses will violate the Sabbath day: interestingly, “Sabbatarianism” (demanding that business and government close on Sunday) was a powerful religious movement in the 19th century, but today, Christian organizations are silent on the need to give workers a day of rest. Workers are assumed to be sinners because they own nothing except their labor power, and Christians may scorn them as on Sunday they smoke next to their dumpsters.

    I don’t know if this particular restaurant keeps Sunday hours. But: in demanding “religious freedom” for corporations (which have no souls and therefore cannot enjoy “religious freedom) to deny coverage for abortion or contraception, the religious Republicans seem to ignore the religious freedom of employees to obey the Commandment about the Sabbath Day.

    Whereas small businesses may be innately more responsive to the religious feelings of their workers. Fiji is a profoundly Christian country (with a significant Hindu and Muslim minority). In its capital of Suva, I noticed that hardly any businesses, even those operated by Hindus, Muslims and Chinese, were open on Sunday. The exception was McDonald’s, which had forced the government to let it open on Sunday as a price for “creating jobs”.

    Your thoughtful tone is refreshing. Maybe it isn’t “taxes”. The thing is, we know that near this restaurant you’ll find McDonald’s and Burger King. We know that children, driven mad by marketing targeting children, will demand McDonald’s or Burger King and be unwilling to try this restaurant.

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