Friday, February 12, 2010

This great letter from a Grandpa to his cherished Granddaughter

came to me from my cousin. There is nothing to add to it. It hits the nail squarely on the head.
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 'm 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 can also contact the White House here: http://www/ .

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 and 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 (or 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


  1. One Big Assed Mistake America!!!
    Fabulous letter!




  3. That letter is heart-breaking, but it is happening all the time, all over America. Thank you for presenting it here. Gives us a lot to think about. I am retired, and have had to do with a lot less this year, too. God Bless You!!

  4. Good for them! I think it is a wonderful lesson.

  5. What a great letter!
    I hear some of the dems are distancing themselves from Obama. 2012 is going to be one very interesting election year!

  6. Dearest Grammy! First, thanks so much for voting for my story on MORE Magazine. This is the second time I have read this letter. My husband's business partner's wife sent it to me several weeks ago. I think that it says volumes about the way we have raised our children as a country. Unfortunately I could really relate. I am glad that our kids are very frugal and that they don't seem to be living the "high life" while we are pushing along at the grindstone, however, there is a sense of entitlement that pervades the current generation. (Sometimes I wonder if that is what every generation says about the upcoming generation!) I want my kids to have that sense of accomplishment that you can only get by working hard and sowing the rewards. I also received an email recently that was a letter from the famous radio commentator, the late Paul Harvey. It is attached below if you care to share it with your readers. Thanks for sharing your thoughts in a gentlewoman fashion. It makes for a better virtual world! :-)

    We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse. For my grandchildren, I'd like better.

    I'd really like for them to know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches.. I really would. 

    I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated.

    I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car. And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen.

    It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your old dog put to sleep. 

    I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in.

    I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother/sister. And it's all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room, but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he's scared, I hope you let him.
    When you want to see a movie and your little brother/sister wants to tag along, I hope you'll let him/her.

    I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.

    On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don't ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won't be seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mom.

    If you want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one.

    I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books.

    When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head.

    I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a boy / girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like. 

    May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole.

    I don't care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don't like it.. And if a friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize he/she is not your friend. 
    I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandma/Grandpa and go fishing with your Uncle.

    May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays. I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor's window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.

    These things I wish for you - tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me, it's the only way to appreciate life.

    Written with a pen. Sealed with a kiss. I'm here for you. And if I die before you do, I'll go to heaven and wait for you.

  7. Most of us would do anything for our grandkids but lately the well is running dry thanks to progressives. I stumbled across your blog and find it informative and thoughtful, so I signed up to follow you. Stop by my place and return the favor if you like what you see.

  8. I love this post. It is so true. Our kids, and mine are still young, feel so entitled. We have felt the crush from Obama administration also and I cringe everytime he blames the Bush administration. I find it interesting that all the local companies and factories closed after his election. When he spouts off about how he's going to tax our large companies and then wonders why they won't stay in the US. It is sad that our freedom is slowly being chipped at for one reason or another in the name of a better nation.
    I get frustrated when I see people on welfare living it up with foodstamps and government checks and yet my hubby is out busting his butt to earn a living. We have a business and my hubby has been trying to find a "real" job for security. I have always been at home with my kids, but it looks like I may be going to work once my youngest goes to Kindergarten this fall.
    I was registered as a Democrat but as I watched the politics run amuck I changed my party. I still believe in helping out those less fortunate but I also believe in working for a living and that hard work should pay off not pay for someone else to sit around doing nothing.
    I guess I'm a bit windy there!

  9. I really don't understand why republican's love stupid stuff like this. It seems so meaningless. If the grandfather thought so much of denying the girl access to easy money,he should have done it before now.
    I don't think Obama or Bush caused the stock market to decline.
    Actually, this way the girl we be better off (at least the way most of you see it) the old man is broke and she will have to fend for herself. Wonder if she will qualify for a PELL grant, become successful, and see how a gov't program helps a person with limited means.


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