Small business for Obama
There are two GOP talking points in this election that particularly drive me insane. Neither of them makes any sense at all. The first is trivial, really. Apparently Mitt Romney is not allowed to say the word “Massachusetts.” Apparently he is allowed to talk about being Governor of a great state, but if he says the “M” word Republicans will break out in hives at the communist Commonwealth that is my home. It makes me laugh.
The second talking point is no laughing matter. It makes me very angry that Romney uses the safety screen of protecting “small business owners” as an excuse for providing tax cuts to millionaires. Because we Americans so highly value the hard work and job creating power of small business owners, Romney bets that the mere notion of raising taxes on high earners who run small businesses will cause voters to shudder.
The truth for me is, I run a very small business. But I am a job creator. And the most crucial thing to me is that I have a safety net in place so that if I fail, if I get sick, if I need to make a healthcare decision (which includes reproductive choice), my business will not crash and burn. That I live in a country where GDP is growing, jobs are coming back, consumer confidence is at its highest point in five years, the stock market is doing well, and my clients feel more confident. Where we feel more hopeful.
As Anissa Mayhew puts it, who you vote for comes down to your personal moral compass, and your sense of security and faith in the future. I love how she describes her decision to vote for Obama in talking to her daughter:
We talked about how for the first time in several years I’d started to not worry about her Dad’s job or ability to find another if something happened.
We talked about me being in a wheelchair and something called Medicare that took care of her Grandma and Grandpa but would be all gone when I was their age, meaning it would her job to pay all my bills and I liked my pedicures.
At the end of the day, if I become one of the 3% of small business owners who would have to pay higher taxes if the Bush tax cuts expire, I’ll be ok. I’d be doing pretty well! But the much more real probability is that an improving economy, the promise of healthcare to be there for me, and a peaceful world will make my small business life much more fruitful.