So I'm a small business owner-I run a licensed in-home daycare. I pay taxes, give discounts, support the local economy. I take classes, sometimes give away my services to people who need it.
The thing is, many people think I'm just a stay-at-home-mom, but that's not it at all. After years and years of doing this, I still get up at O'dark thirty, work 16 hour days, have no paid assistants, and pay ridiculous taxes on my tiny little income. I don't support myself completely, because I'm married and my husband makes a decent income. (and by decent, I mean not just minimum wage.) But I know other childcare providers who support themselves only on their own income. And I feel sorry for them. Because in my state, the government uses child care providers as political capital, every single year. Everyone in my business, in my state, who is experienced at this, knows to save every possible penny for the fiscal year changeover in July. Sadly, that usually means giving up things that other people take for granted: Paying bills on time, eating a decent meal every day, driving a reliable car.
Like many people, I don't do this because I expect to get rich. I do this for a living because (1) I have to do SOMETHING for a living, (2) I figure I might as well do something I'm passionate about, (3) I like doing this, and the kids can tell that about me.
Many people over the years have expressed surprise at the fact that I'm both a small business owner and a Democrat, but it's not really that hard to figure out. Once you get beyond the rhetoric, the "I'm a Christian so I vote Republican" nonsense, the fact is that anyone can TALK. But not everyone who talks the talk walks the walk.("Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22"Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' 23"And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.' Matthew 7: 21-23) How many of those in that party are part of a company who has assets hidden in an overseas bank? How many have sent our jobs overseas?
So, in spite of the fact that not every Democrat politician lives a life I approve of, (who does?!" For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God " Romans 3:23) I vote Democrat because they support the small working class man and woman. They're not worried about their flippin' bottom line at the expense of the Everyman and Everywoman. They know we're not indentured servants, they don't own us. They fight for us, because they are us, or they came from us.("The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.' Matthew 25:40)
So, forget all the nonsense they try to distract you with: abortion, whether or not Obama was born here, gun rights, etc.
Boil it down to the truth: what are they really doing for you?
"You will know them by their fruits... Matthew 7:16