Preserving opportunity

I am a business leader, not a career politician. My husband and I built a business from scratch, coming out of bankruptcy with nothing but the opportunity America provided. We started out sharing a desk, adding one employee at a time until we built our company into a global enterprise that now employs nearly 700 people.

I am running for the U.S. Senate because I want to ensure future generations have the same opportunity for success that I had. With our debt and deficit skyrocketing, and taxes and regulations stifling small businesses and putting a squeeze on the middle class, I am afraid that opportunity is slipping away.

My Jobs Plan, which can be reviewed at, calls for cutting taxes on the middle class. It would eliminate the 25% tax bracket, meaning people who now pay that rate would pay 15% under my plan. That would translate into real savings — $500 a month for the average family of four earning $125,000 a year. That’s money that can be used for rent or mortgage, groceries, college tuition, or any of the other demands on a household income. With more of their own money in their pockets, the middle class will help our economy grow. And once small businesses have enough confidence in our economic recovery, they will start hiring again.

I am dedicated to helping small businesses succeed. They provide 65% of all new jobs in this country, and their success will be the key to helping our nation’s economy get back on track. As a business leader myself, I have walked in their shoes. I know what it’s like to work 24/7 to build a business because I’ve done it. I know that knot in their stomachs when they wonder how they’ll make payroll. I know that frustration they feel when they get an unexpected bill or fee or tax from the government and wonder how that will fit into their budget. I am running for the U.S. Senate because I believe we need that perspective in Washington. We need job creators, not just professional politicians. We need people who understand the real-world impact of the taxes and regulations Washington imposes on small business owners and our hardworking, middle-class families.

The system we have right now is not working — our deficit is growing, our middle class is shrinking, and millions of people are out of work, including 170,000 right here in Connecticut. I believe we can do better. But we can’t keep electing the same people who created this mess and now expect them to clean it up. I will be an advocate for our small businesses and a voice for our middle class. I will work hard to serve you as your U.S. Senator, and I ask for your vote on Nov. 6.

Linda McMahon is candidate for U.S. Senate. This column is supplied by the Republican Town Committee.

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