Saturday, April 11, 2009

Getting personal about the economy ~ By Pat Boone

Americans have become a "gimme" society, wanting all the latest stuff and willing to charge it all to some giant credit card. Knowing this, and sharing the same unreasonable desires, Congress and both political parties promise to pay for everybody's health and education needs, housing and retirement and welfare, everything anybody could want. And now, I want to bring this letter that Pat included in his column:
Well, a much-respected black leader and conservative activist, Wayne Perryman, shared with me a letter written to a granddaughter soon after the election of Barack Obama. And I want to share it with you.
Guess you heard that 68 percent of "the youth vote" went to Obama. You've let me know that included you. So here are my thoughts. The election of Obama comes down to this. Your grandmother and I, your mother and other productive wage-earning taxpayers will have their taxes increased, and that means less income. Less income means we'll have to cut back on basic purchases, gifts and handouts. That includes firing the Hispanic lady who cleans our house twice a month. She just lost her job. We can't afford her anymore. What is the economic effect of Obama's election on you personally? Over the years, your grandmother and I have given you thousands of dollars in food, housing, cash, clothing, gifts, etc., etc. By your vote, you have chosen another family over ours for help. So in the future, if you need assistance with your rent, money for gas, tires for your car, someone to bring you lunch, etc., call (202) 456-1111. That's the telephone number for the Office of the President of the United States. I'm sure Mr. Obama will be happy to send you a check from his personal or business accounts or leave cash in an envelope taped to your front door. It's like this. Those who vote for the president should consider what the impact of an election will be on the nation as a whole, and not just be concerned with what they can get for themselves (welfare, etc.). What Obama voters don't seem to realize is that the government's money comes from taxes collected from families. Raising taxes on productive people means they will have less money to spend on their families. Congratulations on your choice. For future reference, you might attempt to add up all you've received from us, your mom, Mike's parents and others – and compare it to what you expect to get over the next four years from Mr. Obama. To congratulate Mr. Obama and to make sure you're on the list for handouts, write to: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC, 20500. Love you, but call the number listed above when you need help. Granddad.
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