Saturday, November 8, 2008

I couldn't have said it better myself.


This letter was written by a man in East Texas as an
open letter to Senator Obama.
He really does exist and says
anyone can email his letter around, just don't change it.
If you know someone who holds to the theory that the rich have life easy
and need to be taxed more send it to them.
This man tells it like it is!


Given the uproar about the simple question
asked you by Joe the plumber, and the persecution that has
been heaped on him because he dared to question you, I find
myself motivated to say a few things to you myself.
While Joe aspires to start a business someday, I already have
started not one, but 4 businesses.
But first, let me introduce myself.

You can call me "Cory the well driller".

I am a 54 year old high school graduate.
I didn't go to college like you, I was too ready to go "conquer the
world" when I finished high school.
25 years ago at age 29, I started my own water well drilling business at a time
when the economy here in East Texas was in a tailspin from
the crash of the early 80's oil boom.

I didn't get any help from the government, nor
did I look for any.
I borrowed what I could from my sister,
my uncle, and even the pawn shop and managed to scrape
together a homemade drill rig and a few tools to do my first

My businesses did not start as a result of
They are the result of my personal drive,
personal ambition, self discipline, self reliance, and a
determination to treat my customers fairly.

From the very start my business provided one other
(than myself) East Texan a full time job.
I couldn't
afford a backhoe the first few years (something every well
drilling business had), so I and my helper had to dig the
mud pits that are necessary for each and every job with hand
I had to use my 10 year old, 1/2 ton pickup truck
for my water tank truck (normally a job for at least a 2 ton truck).

A year and a half after I started the
business, I scraped together a 20% down payment to get a
modest bank loan and bought a (28 year) old, worn out,
slightly bigger drilling rig to allow me to drill the deeper
water wells in my area.
I spent the next few years drilling wells with the rig while simultaneously rebuilding it
between jobs.

Through these years I never knew from one month to
the next if I would have any work or be able to pay the bills.
I got behind on my income taxes one year, and spent
the next two years paying that back (with penalty
and interest) while keeping up with ongoing taxes.

I got behind on my water well supply bill 2
different years (way behind the second time... $80,000. 00),
and spent over a year paying it back (each time) while
continuing to pay for ongoing supplies C.O.D.. Of
course, the personal stress endured through these
experiences and years is hard to measure.
I do have a stent in my heart now to memorialize it all.

I spent the next 10 years developing the
reputation for being the most competent and most honest
water well driller in East Texas.
2 years along the way, I hired another full time employee for the drilling business
so that we could provide full time water well pump service as well as the well drilling.

Also, 3 years along the path, I bought a water
well screen service machine from a friend, starting business
# 2. 5 years later I made a business loan for $100,000. 00 to
build a new, higher production, computer controlled screen service machine.
I had designed the machine myself, and it didn't work out for 3 years so I had to make the loan
payments without the benefit of any added income from the new machine.
No government program was there to help me with the payments, or to help me sleep at night as I
lay awake wondering how I would solve my machine problems or pay my bills.
Finally, after 3 years, I got the screen machine working properly, and that provided another full
time job for an East Texan in the screen service business.

2 years after that, I made another business
loan, this time for $250,000. 00, to buy another used
drilling rig and all the support equipment needed to run another, larger, drill rig.
This provided another 2 full time jobs for East Texans.
Again, I spent a couple of years not knowing if I had made a smart move, or a move that would
bankrupt me.
For the third time in 13 years, I had placed everything I owned on the line, risking everything, in order
to build a business.

A couple of years into this, I came up with a bright idea for a new kind of mud pump, a fundamentally
necessary pump used on water well drill rigs.
I spent my entire life savings to date (just $30,000. 00), building a
prototype of the pump and took it to the national water well
convention to show it off.

Customers immediately started coming out of the
woodworks to buy the pumps, but there was a problem.
I had depleted my assets making the prototype, and nobody would
make me a business loan to start production of the new
With several deposits for pump orders in hand, and nowhere to go, I
finally started applying for as many credit card as I could
find and took cash withdrawals on these cards to the tune of over $150,000. 00 (including modest loans from my dear sister and brother), to get this 3rd business going.

Yes, once again, I had everything hanging over
the line in an effort to start another business.
I had never manufactured anything, and I had to design and bring into
production a complex hydraulic machine from an untested
prototype to a reliable production model (in six months).

How many nights I lay awake wondering if I had just made the
paramount mistake of my life I cannot tell you, but there
were plenty. I managed to get the pumps into production,
which immediately created another 2 full time jobs in East Texas.

Some of the models in the first year suffered from
quality issues due to the poor workmanship of one of my key
suppliers, so I and an employee (another East Texan
employed) had to drive across the country to repair
customers' pumps, practically from coast to coast.
I stood behind the product, and made payments to all
the credit cards that had financed me (and my brother and sister).

I spent the next 5 years improving and refining
the product, building a reputation for the pump and the
company, working to get the pump into drill rig
manufacturers' product lines, and paying back credit cards.
During all this time I continued to manage a growing water well
business that was now operating 3 drill rig crews, and 2 well service crews.

Also, the screen service business continued to grow.
No government programs were there to help me, Mr.
Obama, but that's ok, I didn't expect any, nor did I want any.
I was too busy fighting to make success happen to sit around
waiting for the government to help me.

Now, we have been manufacturing the mud pumps
for 7 years, my combined businesses employ 32 full time
employees, and distribute $5,000,000.
00 annually through the local economy.
Now, just 4 months ago I borrowed
$1,254,000. 00, purchasing computer controlled machining
equipment to start my 4th business, a production machine shop.
The machine shop will serve the mud pump company so that we can better manufacture our pumps that are being shipped worldwide.

Of course, the machine shop will also do work for outside companies as well.
This has already produced 2 more full time jobs, and 2 more should develop out of it in the next few months.
This should work out, but if it doesn't it will be because you, and the other professional politicians like
yourself, will have destroyed our country's (and the world) economy with your meddling with mortgage loan programs through your liberal manipulation and intimidation of loaning institutions to make sure that
unqualified borrowers could get mortgages.

You see, at the very time when I couldn't get
a business loan to get my mud pumps into production, you
were working with Acorn and the Community Reinvestment Act
programs to make sure that unqualified borrowers could buy
homes with no down payment, and even no credit or worse yet,
bad credit.

Even the infamous, liberal, Ninja loans (No Income, No Job or Assets).
While these unqualified borrowers were enjoying unrealistically low interest rates,
I was paying 22% to 24% interest on the credit cards that I
had used to provide me the funds for the mud pump business
that has created jobs for more East Texans.

It's funny, because after 25 years of turning
almost every dime of extra money back into my businesses to
grow them, it has been only in the last two years that I
have finally made enough money to be able to put a little
away for retirement, and now the value of that has dropped 40% because of the policies you and your ilk have perpetrated on our country.

You see, Mr.
Obama, I'm the guy you intend to raise taxes on.
I'm the guy who has spent 25 years
toiling and sweating, fretting and fighting, stressing and risking, to build a business and get ahead.
I'm the guy who has been on the very edge of bankruptcy more than a dozen times over the last 25 years, and all the while creating more and more jobs for East Texans who didn't want to take a risk, and would not
demand from themselves what I have demanded from myself.

I'm the guy you characterize as "the
Americans who can afford it the most" that you believe
should be taxed more to provide income redistribution
"to spread the wealth" to those who have never
toiled, sweated, fretted, fought, stressed, or risked anything.

You want to characterize me as someone who has enjoyed a
life of privilege and who needs to pay a higher percentage
of my income than those who have bought into your
entitlement culture.

I resent you, Mr.
Obama, as I resent all who want to use class warfare as a tool to advance their political career.
What's worse, each year more Americans buy into
your liberal entitlement culture, and turn to the
government for their hope of a better life instead of themselves.
Liberals are succeeding through more than 40 years of collaborative effort between the predominant liberal media, and liberal indoctrination programs in the public school systems across our land.

What is so terribly sad about this is this.

America was made great by people who embraced the one-time
American culture of self reliance, self motivation, self
determination, self discipline, personal betterment, hard work, risk taking.
A culture built around the concept that success was in reach of every able bodied American who would
strive for it.
Each year that less Americans embrace that culture, we all descend together.
We descend down the socialist path that has brought country after country ultimately to bitter and
unremarkable states.

If you and your liberal comrades in the media and
school systems would spend half as much effort cultivating a
culture of can-do across America as you do cultivating your
entitlement culture, we could see Americans at large
embracing the conviction that they can elevate
themselves through personal betterment, personal
achievement, and self reliance.

You see, when people embrace such ideals, they act
on them. When people act on such ideals, they succeed.
All of America could find herself elevating instead of deteriorating.
But that would eliminate the need for liberal politicians, wouldn't it,
Mr. Obama?

The country would not need you if the country was
convinced that problem solving was best left with
individuals instead of the government.
You and all your liberal comrades have got a vested interested in creating a
dependent class in our country.
It is the very business of liberals to create an ever expanding dependence on

What's remarkable is that you, who have never
produced a job in your life, are going to tax me to take
more of my money and give it to people who wouldn't need
my money if they would get off their entitlement mentality
asses and apply themselves at work, demand more from
themselves, and quit looking to liberal politicians to raise
their station in life.

You see, I know because I've had them work
for me before. Hundreds of them over these 25 years.

People who simply will not show up to work on time.
People who just will not work 5 days in a week, much less, 6 days.

People always looking for a way to put less effort out.

People who actually tell me that they would do more if I
just would first pay them more.
People who take off work to sit in government offices to apply to get free government
handouts (gee, I wonder how things would have turned out for
them if they had spent that time earning money and
pleasing their employer?). You see, all of this comes from
your entitlement mentality culture.

Oh, I know you will say I am uncompassionate.

Sorry, Mr. Obama, wrong again.
You see, I've seen what
the average percentage of your income has been given to
charities over the years of 2000 to 2004 (ignoring the years you started running for office - can you pronounce "politically motivated"), you averaged less than 1% annually.
And your running mate, Joe Biden, averaged less than ¼% of his annual income in charitable
contributions over the last 10 years.
Like so many liberals, the two of you want to give to the needy, just as long as it is someone else's money
you are giving to them. I won't say what I have given
to charities over the last 25 years, but the percentage is several times more than you and Joe Biden combined (don't you just hate google?). Tell me again how you feel my pain.

In short, Mr. Obama, your political
philosophies represent everything that is wrong with our country.
You represent the culture of government dependence instead of self reliance; Entitlement mentality instead of
personal achievement; Penalization of the successful to reward the unmotivated; Political correctness instead of open mindedness and open debate.

If you are successful, you may preside over the final transformation of America from being the greatest and
most self-reliant culture on earth, to just another country of whiners and wimps, who sit around looking to the
government to solve their problems. Like all of western Europe. All countries on the decline.
All countries that, because of liberal socialistic mentalities, have a little less to offer mankind every year.

God help us...

Cory Miller

just a ordinary, extraordinary American, the
way a lot of Americans used to be.

P.S. Yes, Mr. Obama, I am a real American...

www. cmillerdrilling. com


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