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Letter From Grandpa


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John G. is 63 years old and owns a small business. He's a life-long

Republican and sees his dream of retiring next year has all but evaporated.

With the stock market crashing and new taxes coming his way, John assumes

now that he will work to his dying day.

John has a granddaughter. Ashley is a recent college grad. She drives

a flashy hybrid car, wears all the latest fashions, and loves to go out to

nightclubs and restaurants. Ashley campaigned hard for Barack Obama. After

the election she made sure her grandfather (and all other Republican family

members) received a big I told-you-so earful on how the world is going to be

a much better place now that her party is taking over.

Having lost both roommates, Ashley recently ran short of cash and

cannot pay the rent (again) on her 3 bedroom townhouse. Like she has done

many times in the past, she e-mailed her grandfather asking for some

financial help.

Here is his reply:

Sweetheart,

I received your request for assistance.

Ashley, you know I love you dearly and I am sympathetic to your

financial plight. Unfortunately, times have changed. With the election of

President Obama, your grandmother and I have had to set forth a bold new

economic plan of our own..."The Ashley Economic Empowerment Plan." Let me

explain.

Your grandmother and I are life-long, wage-earning tax payers. We have

lived a comfortable life, as you know, but we have never had the fancier

things like European vacations, luxury cars, etc. We have worked hard and

were looking forward to retiring soon. But the plan has changed. Your

president is raising our personal and business taxes significantly. He says

it is so he can give our hard earned money to other people. Do you know what

this means, Ashley? It means less for us, and we must cut back on many

business and personal expenses.

You know the wonderful receptionist who worked in my office for more

than 23 years? The one who always gave you candy when you came over to

visit? I had to let her go last week. I can't afford to pay her salary and

all of the government mandated taxes that go with having employees. Your

grandmother will now work 4 days a week to answer phones, take orders and

handle the books. We will be closed on Fridays and will lose even more

income to the Wal-Mart.

I'm also very sorry to report that your cousin Frank will no longer be

working summers in the warehouse. I called him at school this morning. He

already knows about it and he's upset because he will have to give up

skydiving and his yearly trip to Greenland to survey the polar bears.

That's just the business side of things. Some personal economic

effects of Obama's new taxation policies include none other than you. You

know very well that over the years your grandmother and I have given you

thousands of dollars in cash, tuition assistance, food, housing, clothing,

gifts, etc., etc. But by your vote, you have chosen to help others -- not at

your expense -- but at our expense.

If you need money now sweetheart, I recommend you call 202-456-1111.

That is the direct phone number for the White House. You yourself told me

how foolish it is to vote Republican. You said Mr. Obama is going to be the

People's President, and is going to help every American live a better life.

Based on everything you've told me, along with all the promises we heard

during the campaign, I'm sure Mr. Obama will be happy to transfer some

stimulus money into your bank account. Have him call me for the account

number which I memorized years ago.

Perhaps you can now understand what I've been saying all my life:

those who vote for a president should consider the impact on the nation as a

whole, and not be just concerned with what they can get for themselves. What

Obama supporters don't seem to realize is all of the money he is

redistributing to illegal aliens and non-taxpaying Americans (the so-called

"less fortunate") comes from tax-paying families.

Remember how you told me, "Only the richest of the rich will be affected"?

Well guess what, honey? Because we own a business, your grandmother

and I are now considered to be the richest of the rich. On paper, it might

look that way, but in the real world, we are far from it.

As you said while campaigning for Obama, some people will have to

carry more of the burden so all of America can prosper. You understand what

that means, right? It means that raising taxes on productive people results

in them having less money; less money for everything, including

granddaughters.

I'm sorry, Ashley, but the well has run dry. The free lunches are

over. I have no money to give you now. So, congratulations on your choice

for "change." For future reference, I encourage you to try to add up the

total value of the gifts and cash you have received from us, just since you

went off to college, and compare it to what you expect to get from Mr. Obama

over the next 4-8 years. I have not kept track of it, Ashley. It has

all truly been the gift of our hearts.

Remember, we love you dearly....but from now on you'll need to call

the number mentioned above. Your "Savior" has the money we would have given

to you. Just try and get it from him.

Good luck, sweetheart.

Love,

Grandpa

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