So far, the blog consists of the statement:
"Why did I start this blog? Because I'm a small business owner in the 24th district and the last thing New York needs is what Michael Arcuri will bring us- higher taxes, more lost jobs, and even more schemes for wringing every last penny out of us."
I'm a small business owner myself, and I can tell you that high taxes certainly are NOT the primary challenge for most small businesses these days. The rate of taxation doesn't have a big impact on my business. When taxes are raised, it's a small item in the margin of my profits, because the tax hikes generally aren't that big - in the larger scheme of things. Likewise, when taxes are cut, it's by an insignificant amount per individual or small business. You've got to be a wealthy individual or a very big business for these tax rate changes to have much impact.
Wouldn't you know it, that's exactly who tax policy has been aimed at under Republican rule - the rich and powerful. Republican tax policy helps the big guys by sucking funding out of stuff that really helps the little guy succeed.
Ray Meier has supported the Paris Hilton Multimillion Dollar Estate Inheritance Loophole in New York State. That's not the official name of it, of course, but it's what it ought to be called.
There was already an exemption in New York State from inheritance tax for anyone who inherited up to one million dollars. Inherit $999,999.99 and you would pay absolutely no tax on it. Ray Meier thought it was an outrage that kids inheriting over a million dollars would have to pay taxes on money they didn't even earn themselves. Meier voted to increase the exemption to 1.5 million dollars.
Working families and small business owners have to pay taxes on what they make. It's a fair arrangement, on the whole. Taxes are the dues we small business owners pay for the privilege of living and doing business in a society that is stable and economically viable - maintained by the government.
The problem with the system lately is that, under the Republicans, the government has been shirking on its end of the deal. The Republicans have been funding in extravagant, ill-conceived adventures like the Iraq War, building a bridge to nowhere in Alaska, starting a colony on the Moon, and building Star Wars missile defense stations even though no viable Star Wars missile defense programs exist.
Where do they get the money? Out of the bread-and-butter programs that keep America running. So, state and local governments are shouldering a burden that cannot be sustained.
What are the real challenges to small businesses these days? How about oil at over 73 dollars per barrel? How about the cost of health care? How about the invasion of small towns and cities by big box chain stores that sell stuff made in sweatshops in places like China and El Salvador?
It's factors like these that are threatening our small businesses and local communities - not the taxes that we pay.
Criticize Mike Arcuri if you like - all politicians deserve critical examination. But, please, if you're going to slam Arcuri, do it on an issue that matters.