Craig To the editor:
I would like to tell you about a dirty little secret. I would like to introduce you and your readers to my husband and I. We are the "dirty little secret" because we have a "small" business.
According to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, a business that sells more than $250,000 is part of the filthy rich unpatriotic (because they do not pay enough taxes). According to Obama, 95 percent of small businesses make below that magic $250,000. That is a lie. Go to the Small Business Web site and check for yourself.
Yes, our business does fall into that "magic number." However, Obama neglects to look at the whole picture in running a small business. All he is looking at is what the business takes in, not what the business puts out. By the time the small business owner pays his employees, pays his utilities, pays his overhead, buys supplies, pays taxes (and business taxes are 30 percent to 50 percent higher than that for the normal person), pays his property insurance and his workers' compensation insurance, pays his fees and his inspections, pays his gas for all business vehicles, what the small business owner takes home is probably many times less than you take home.
My husband and I have owned a mom-and-pop business in the community for 25 years. Our four children grew up working in the business. Today, my oldest son and my husband run the business. We have four employees and my 75-year-old mother is our officer manager/bookkeeper (her choice) because we cannot afford a regular bookkeeper.
My filthy rich husband and I worked very hard for many years before we actually went on a real vacation on our 25th wedding anniversary. But, according to Obama, we are again the filthy rich business owner who, under his plan, will be required to spread the wealth around.
The small business owner, by the way, is truly the only group of Americans who have a real health insurance problem. The small business owner has to provide his or her own health insurance. Owner-owned health insurance is big bucks. I mean b-i-g bucks. When you go to the hospital, things are up front. And we pay through the nose for everything.
So, when you pull that lever for Obama, remember: You will not be hurting the "Evil Oil Barron" or "Greedy CEOs" of this country; you will be hurting the small business owner who really is the backbone of this country.
Look around our community. Many, many people in this community own small businesses. We support this community and this country. These are not the people you will really be hurting when you vote for Obama.
If Obama is elected, when you drive around the community a year or so from now and see many "going out of business" signs in windows, I wonder if you will feel a tinge of guilt or remorse for voting for a socialist. Or does anybody really care anymore?