My letter to the President

Mr. President:

I want to demonstrate my support for the United States Government and I believe the popular opposition to taxes is selfish. We have to support one another, because we're all in this together.

So, even though my wife Julie and I already paid over $100,000 in federal and state taxes for 2009 - and Julie is currently unemployed and starting up a new business, and my firm is paying less these days - I want to contribute an additional amount to the United States Government above what we owe in taxes. So, enclosed is a check for $1,000 as a contribution to the United States Treasury.

Mr. President, I think the problem is that many of our fellow citizens are acting out of fear, partially stemming from the 9/11 attacks, but we now need to move on. The current debates are not representative of the country my 95-year-old mother grew up in - this no longer seems like the land of the free and the home of the brave; but more like the land of the under-educated, fat, and angry.

My wife and I intend to live our lives in the simple pursuit of peace and happiness. We don't want our limited days on this beautiful planet to be marred by fearful outlooks on life. We refuse not to have hope.

We are behind you, Mr. President. We have a wonderful life, and we can all come together, if only we can eliminate fear. Remember what President Roosevelt said, "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself."

Mr. President, we will not lose faith and we will not give in to fear.


Jefferson Glassie