Occupy Wall Street May Soon Occupy New York’s City Hall

Ronn Torossian is one of America’s most prolific and respected public relations experts. Torossian is the Founder, President and CEO of 5W Public Relations, one of the 25 largest independent American PR firms, which was named PR Agency of the Year by the American Business Awards. He is the best-selling author of “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations,” a book known as an industry “must read.” Torossian is a featured op-ed columnist for The Huffington Post, Newsmax, Wired Magazine and others. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including PR Executive of the Year and is a past semi-finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. Torossian lives in Manhattan with his wife and children. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter.


Occupy_Wall_Street_Anonymous_2011_ShankboneI love New York. Yet, the city in which I was born and raised, today raise my children in, and where I founded 5WPR, is headed into the gutter.  Opinion polls seemingly indicate that whichever candidate can show themselves to be the most extreme liberal and anti-business is the candidate most likely to win. The most recent opinion polls which have shown the most liberal, left-wing candidate, Bill de Blasio, as the clear front-runner in the New York mayoral race is an event which will put this city in a very bad place.

The seeming inevitability of a Democratic mayor is bad for the great city of New York. Those of us who remember the dangerous, dirty streets, the corruption and chronically broken system know indeed how quick it can return.  Policies the Democratic candidates nearly universally support — bigger government, more regulation and an end to “stop and frisk” — are policies which will set this city backwards in terms of crime, the economy and quality of life.

It mustn’t be overlooked that New York is already the lowest ranking state on the “Small Business Survival Index,” and The Tax Foundation, a non-partisan Washington, D.C tax research group, ranked New York as the worst place in the nation for establishing a business based on taxes. Raising New York City income taxes for anyone who succeeds will undoubtedly cost many business interests in the city. Between federal, state and local taxes, after Medicare, unemployment, commercial taxes and all the rest, I already pay close to 50% in taxes. Absurd.

De Blasio’s warm feelings for Occupy Wall Street, vowing to “build spaces” for Occupy Wall Street protesters to “share ideas” is asinine. That shouldn’t come as a surprise given the fact that the biggest backer of Occupy Wall Street, financier George Soros, endorsed de Blasio. Competing for Soros’ endorsement alone shows how bad this race is. Soros has said that European-style socialism “is exactly what we need now.” Soros manipulates currency worldwide, and believes the totalitarian Chinese government is “a better-functioning government than the United States.” Joe Lieberman – no radical right-winger — says Soros’s views on America are “so negative, so critical, and so often anti-American.” If Soros endorses something, you know it’s bad. Soros’ endorsement should be something political candidates in this great Republic run away from. After all, the man said: “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States.” Could one imagine the uproar if a conservative accepted an endorsement from someone with such radical extreme views?

De Blasio discussed his economic policy recently by focusing on the “inequality” between what he described as the city’s “millionaire’s club,” peopled by suits who scuttle between boardrooms and white-tablecloth restaurants, and the “single mothers who can’t afford groceries.”

I was raised in the Bronx by a single mother and I remember our struggles well.

Not a day passed in our home where money wasn’t a consideration, and I have worked since the age of 12. My mother raised us well, and I am a graduate of the New York City public school system.  Today, I live in an Upper West Side luxury condominium; send my kids to private schools, and today, at the age of 39 I employ more than 100 people.  I am proud to have been named PR Executive of the Year, won numerous awards, and I work very long hours to better my family.

The struggles we had growing up strengthened and inspire me.  I am proud to have established the Ronn Torossian Foundation through which I give charity – because I want to. Indeed, I sit in boardrooms and white-tablecloth restaurants which de Blasio attacks – isn’t that what every poor kid dreams of? Making it big and succeeding? Is it not something to be proud of sitting in boardrooms and fancy restaurants? That’s the greatness of America.

Parents, as my mom did, should encourage their children to work hard and strive for the sky.  Not to expect handouts.  In this new-version of New York (much like Obama’s America) handouts are expected and provided. Rather than look at successful entrepreneurs as role models, we are looked at as the horse to ride to get ahead. Simply un-American. These extreme liberal, anti-American, liberal positions are better off at street protests than inside New York City City Hall.

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  • cedars rebellion

    Good financial advise. Do not by any bonds that start with “New York”.

  • nomoretraitors

    DiBlasio was the one who said a billboard opposed to abortion had “no place” in NYC. Like a good liberal, he only believes in freedom of speech for himself

  • RedStateVet

    All of the good that Giuliani is being destroyed. It wont be long before NYC is the cesspool that it once was. And when that day comes that there is no more money to soak from “The Rich”, you’ll find out just what Detroit is going through now.

    • dougEmac

      Is that what happened to Detroit? The rich folks there lost all their money? Do you think Detroit is a failed socialist experiment?

  • tokoloshiman

    eventually new york will become detroit…

    • UCSPanther

      Well, the OWS camps degenerated into what could be called “biohazard rape pits”, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to see it as a microcosm of when lawlessness takes over and civilization vanishes…

  • nomoretraitors

    Class warfare. The refuge of the weak and simple-minded

    • BS77

      Occupy is a pile of garbage….

      • iluvisrael

        they sure smell like it

    • dougEmac

      Class warfare. It is happening. We are losing.

  • PouponMarks

    There’s a simple solution to problems like these. First, adhere to the principle that no one is entitled to break the law. Consequently, Occupy must apply for a permit, which will specific where and when and for how long they may demonstrate or picket, as well as the conditions and restrictions. If they violate these, they get rounded up. If they start to destroy property the police wade in and start swing the clubs, and using tasers.

    Just like they used to do in the good old days before po lick it all correctness took over.

    • dougEmac

      If no one is entitled to break the law then why are all the bankers still running around loose?

      When the law is used to protect the pirates and punish their helpless victims, then it is our duty as American citizens to break the law. When we do that the bankers get scared. That’s when the tasers, pepper spray and batons come out. That’s when you see the blood of patriots.

  • Jim Galloway

    I once had a one man cabinet shop on the Brooklyn waterfront, in what would become DiBlasio’s district. When I moved in in the middle 70′s the place was a wreck from urban renewal projects from the 60′s, I was the only legit bussiness on my side of the street, all the rest were “after hours clubs”. After a rain storm I was returning to my shop when I saw a building collapse onto the side walk, thank God no one was walking there. When Bill became our councilman he went from door to door saying he would up grade the area so the businesses could flourish. Never saw him again. The district did come back, not through any fault of his, he was too busy working on “homeless issues”. The rest of the district was so basically middle class that there were no homeless in his district. He is the most brain dead progressive in this soon to be God forsaken city, with his lesbian wife and hippy son. Pray for us, or at least for Lohta or Johnny Cats.

  • Erudite Mavin

    A friend of the Soros funded Lefetist group.

    Ron Paul Praises Occupy Wall Street

    John McCormack

    December 29, 2011 1:18 AM

    Des Moines

    While campaigning in Iowa on Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul praised the Occupy Wall Street movement, comparing it to the Tea Party movement

  • alericKong

    Part of me stopped focusing on the Democratic political machine in 2008 and I now focus at the crowds of provinicial chattel who vote in career criminals. My only recompense is to know the hell they live in will never end as long as their delusions exist.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    George Soros is a 1%er, yet the Occupy groupies never demonstrate against his wealth.

    The useful idiots know better to bite the hand that feeds their cult.

  • Jake Garvey

    Get over it.

  • Well Done

    I’m not at all sure why these dips wear the Guy Fawkes mask. Wee Guy participated in the Spanish Inquisition, and was planning to blow up the British Parliament and establish a Catholic dictatorship, fer cryin’ out loud. What a lot of freakin’ dweebs!

    • dougEmac

      No, we wear the masks because they look cool.

  • dougEmac

    “Between federal, state and local taxes, after Medicare, unemployment,
    commercial taxes and all the rest, I already pay close to 50% in taxes.
    Absurd.”

    That does sound absurd. Would you be willing to show us your tax forms?

    “I was raised in the Bronx by a single mother and I remember our struggles well.”

    Yeah? Is that why you hate single mothers?

  • Cincinnatus

    The man does spin for a living. Grow up and be a huckster like I did… as if that were honest work. Finagling, flim flaming, bait and switch and manipulation, gambling and confidence men… no matter how nice their suit…ain’t work either! Boiler rooms employ people too…but they shouldn’t.

  • Genie

    The evidence presented in paragraph two, in support of your thesis, is so interesting: “It mustn’t be overlooked that New York is already the lowest ranking state on the “Small Business Survival Index…” I’m reminded of an all too familiar definition of insanity; keep doing the same thing expecting different results. Have you considered the inherent flaws of the system? Perhaps progressive thinking, radicalism that honors the root of that word, is exactly what is needed. In my humble opinion, there is no ‘perhaps’ needed. I understand it is hard to imagine a new paradigm. Try. The stakes are high.