The sad state of politics in the Big Apple.
I 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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