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Why I'm Running for Mayor of NYC

08/22/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Lots of people are surprised to hear I'm running for mayor of New York City, but they wouldn't be if they knew me better. I have a political science degree, and I grew up around politics. My father's been a city councilman for over twenty years now, and was also a volunteer fireman. Most importantly though, who knows the pulse of the city better than me? I've been standing outside in Times Square for over a decade, listening to the minds of all New Yorkers -- from cab drivers and politicians to the thousands of small businessmen just like me. I know what's on their mind.

And think about Schwarzenegger and Reagan. Schwarzenegger used to just blow stuff up all day on movie sets, and Reagan used to act with a bunch of chimps. He still became a great president, but he probably would've been even better if he spent as much time out with the people as I do.

I've basically created a global brand with just some tighty-whities and hard work, so imagine what I can do when I'm backed by all the wonderful people and resources of the greatest city on earth. My campaign is based on one simple truth -- no one's done more with less than me -- and that's the kind of thinking I'll be delivering as mayor. And I'm not going to be the kind of politician who's shuttled around in a limo all day -- I'm going to keep doing my thing, engaging with folks from all walks of life and really listening to them.

One of my main focuses is going to be small businesses, because that's my background. So much real estate is just sitting empty these days, and it hurts me to see people losing their businesses and their lifelong dreams. Here's just one of my plans to help rebuild this city and get it back on track:



THE NAKED STIMULUS PLAN:

  • No more tinkle down economics. Things don't grow from the top down, but from the bottom up. And just helping the rich leaves most people tinkled on. So no more tax breaks just because you're wealthy. I'm going to tie tax incentives to greening initiatives and other progressive plans.

  • A thousand interest free loans of 10,000 for small businesses and new businesses. Trust me, some dude just won a Nobel Peace prize for micro-loans -- they work.
  • A year-long city tax holiday for businesses with 20 employees or less. Nothing fuels growth like this (except my Naked Whey Protein Powder, available at www.nakedcowboy.com).
  • Corporate Entity Formation Rebates. All that money you spend to form a LLC or a corporation will come back to you as a tax rebate.
  • Happy about these plans? Me too. Just be sure to create lots of jobs and pay your taxes once your business gets off the ground. Deal?

    No one's more serious than me about making this city as great as it can be, so don't forget to write me in this November 3rd. I'm even going to see if I can relax the dress code at the voting booths. And stay tuned to www.nakedcowboyformayor.com for more info, videos and events.