David Napier 
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Re: “Romney’s Caterer

To Steve Johnson:
The unemployed who go into a store and spend money: where did that money come from? Did they borrow it from a friend or family member who had a job? If that unemployed person is collecting unemployment benefits in the State of Virginia, then I am paying for a part of their spending money. Right now, I pay approximately $1300 a month to the State of Virginia to provide assistance to the unemployed. The money they spend in a store is primarily local and state tax, not the taxes that build interstates or provide national defense.

To ROBO:
I was expressing my respect for the President, even though I disagree with him. My vote is my private matter on election day.

To RobinsonSt:
I am happy to use the roads and all other “government” infrastructure because I help pay for it just like you. Again, 100% of every tax dollar collected by the government is easily traced to business activity.

To longtimer:
Very few successful businesses are built by one person. My staff is the primary reason I have whatever level of success I have. Regarding my original investor at the White House restaurant; when he died unexpectedly it put his family and me in an unfortunate situation. They were gracious but this was a business deal, and I ended up giving everything I could afford to settle with the estate. Even after I closed the restaurant it took me five years to pay off debts associated with that business venture. That being said, getting to know Mr. Lewis and his fine family was indeed a privilege, even though it was not financially successful for me. The name recognition did help me get reestablished.

Now another fact: I support the expansion of GRTC, and I still feel that the perception of the rider is what keeps the surrounding counties from supporting expansion. We opposed the transfer center as presented, because in this increasingly pedestrian neighborhood the number of busses on our streets would be challenging to both businesses and residents. We presented alternative plans to the Main Street Station concept and alternative sites in Shockoe Bottom to GRTC. Fortunately the Major has found a better use for Main Street Station. The transfer center should be downtown where most of the jobs are to attract more white-collar riders. Maybe then the counties will realize that busses are good and they run both ways. It’s unfortunate that you suggested thoughts and words that cannot be attributed to me.

To City taxpayer:
Thank you for not getting personal, and well said.

To Not a dummy:
All the funds were private that were dispersed from the Shockoe Relief Fund. The City merely examined who was qualified for partial reimbursements and then only after the money to rebuild had already been spent. No taxpayer money. Only tax revenue to the City, State, and Federal Governments from the businesses that re-opened.

To George M Lowe:
I make no claim on intelligence. I have the internet.

To Jon-Phillip Sheridan:
See my comments above. All the funds were privately donated. I still had to come up with an additional $200,000. The floodwall was built to encourage exactly what has happened here in Shockoe Bottom. Shockoe Bottom is now home to thousands of new residents and many new businesses, all paying taxes.

To Winston:
You better bring a checkbook when you go to get a business license. In each year, to renew, again you will be pulling out that checkbook. There is also the investment in whatever equipment you need or in your location, or both. Then there’s marketing, payroll taxes (above and beyond what are withheld from employee’s checks), and a host of other expenses that have nothing to do with the products that you sell or the service you provide. When I get a paycheck taxes are withheld the same as everybody else. I don’t know what tax breaks you are talking about. On the bus hub story and my intelligence, see my comments above. Our neighborhood association consists of residents and businesses and we regularly take popular votes on important issues in Shockoe Bottom. I have been hoping someone else would want to be the president, but as of yet no one has expressed interest in a job without pay. I have no political ambitions.

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Posted by David Napier on 08/18/2012 at 3:38 PM

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