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Super Tuesday: Ron Paul is the only true small-business candidate

For many years ,I have felt that the signers of the Declaration of Independence had their entrepreneurial endeavors in mind when they wrote, everyone is “…endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Without limited government and sound monetary policy, these rights are in serious jeopardy. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has tenaciously supported limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets and a return to sound monetary policies based on commodity-backed currency.

He is known among both his colleagues in Congress and his constituents for his consistent voting record in the House of Representatives. According to his Web site, Paul has never voted for a tax increase, an unbalanced budget or to raise the debt ceiling.

As a small business owner, and a father and grandfather, I know the importance of certainty and consistency. As former senator Phil Gramm has said: “Today’s battle is not just about prosperity or goods and services. It’s about freedom, and it’s about the kind of character that only freedom creates.”

No one who I’ve known personally has fought more for his economic freedom and had as much character as my father. Through his entrepreneurial efforts, he created wealth and prosperity for dozens of people. When he died, I watched as the government took from him in taxes on his estate and through capital gains, hundreds of thousands of dollars that he did not acquire through investments but rather through his sweat and my mother’s tears. As I grew up, I watched him work 16-hour days for a decade, living only on what my mother brought home as a bookkeeper. I know my father would have trusted Dr. Ron Paul to do what he says and would have seen it in his voting record.

Deficit reduction, a balanced budget and a simplified tax code that encourages investment and hard work rather than consumption and frivolous spending is what Ron Paul stands for and has voted for consistently. These are the policies which make Ron Paul the only small business candidate.

Because of my father, I became a small business advocate working with National Small Business Association, to my knowledge the only member-driven, nonpartisan small business association in the U.S.

For the past 25 years, I’ve seen the support of political candidates on all sides of the political spectrum who claim to have the utmost concern for small enterprise and the engine that drives our economy, cave to the vagaries of political opportunism.

I am not going to be one of those who votes for a candidate simply because he has the best chance to unseat President Obama. And yes, Paul may have a tough fight in November if he wins the Republican nomination, but so did my father. I am glad my father and mother took on the fight and they are the reason Ron Paul has my support for president.

Richard (Dick) Herring is the principal owner and manager of Central New York Weight Loss, LLC, a Jenny Craig franchise.




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