My Letter to the GOP

FYI:  The spam e-mail this was in response to was sent to my old “” e-mail address, the one I used when I designed websites for companies in the world of auto racing.


I’m kind of curious as to how I, a registered DEMOCRAT whose political views include Socialist reform, ended up on the GOP’s spam list?  The only thing I can think of is that because I use this e-mail address to do business in the world of auto racing, you assume I must be a redneck (which I may well be), and therefore assume I must vote Republican (which I certainly do not).  It has been entertaining seeing what new out-of-context misdirections and even outright lies your campaign wishes to spread.  This whole “Joe the Plumber” thing has been hilarious.  How am I like “Joe the Plumber?”  Well, I am NOT.  See, I am NOT like “Joe the Plumber” because I am not working a day-job that requires a license without having said license.  See, I am NOT like “Joe the Plumber” because while I may write and publish under a pseudonym, when it comes to my day-job, I use my real name.  Hell, even in my publishing work, when it comes to money, I use my real name.  And see, I am NOT like “Joe the Plumber” because I actually pay my taxes.

“Spread the wealth” does not mean taking your rich buddies’ money away and giving it all to poor people, no strings attached.  It means fixing it so that this country can once again have a strong middle-class.  Right now, 5% of this nation’s people control 95% of the nation’s wealth.  1% of this nation’s people control 90% of the wealth.  The last eight years have seen to it that this country no longer has a middle-class.  There’s the obscenely rich, and then there’s the rest of us, struggling poor.  This has to end.

How do we “spread the wealth?”  We stop giving tax breaks to companies that send jobs overseas.  They want a tax break, they have to hire American workers.  Plain and simple.  The more new, full-time jobs a fortune-500 company creates, the bigger tax break they become eligible for.

How do we “spread the wealth?”  We close the loopholes that allow the richest people to pay a smaller percentage in taxes than the rest of us.  These loopholes are commonly called the “Bush tax cuts.”

How do we “spread the wealth?”  By getting this country’s head out of its ass regarding socializing health care.  Even Barack Obama is wrong on this issue.  This is the ONLY western country that does not socialize health care.  I am a type-1 diabetic.  I have private health insurance through my day-job.  The insurance is the only reason I have to work my day-job and the need for the insurance is the thing that keeps me from living my American dream of being able to run my own business full-time.  Even with my private insurance, my out-of-pocket expenses for my insulin, syringes, lancets, and test strips comes to over $240 a month.  Three years ago, my out-of-pocket expense was less than $120 a month, and that was taking a newer, more effective yet more expensive type of insulin.  Last year, the copay for that insulin went up so high (over a $200 copay for a one month supply) that I had to change to a less effective alternative.  The cost of this insulin has not changed over the last three years, as a matter of fact it is cheaper now than it was three years ago.  What my “wonderful” private insurance provider is willing to cover has changed.  The private insurance industry needs to be shut down.  The government already has the best and most cost-effective insurance program in place.  It is called Medicare.  It needs to be expanded to cover everyone.  The increase in taxes this would require would be FAR LESS than what both I and my employer pay to the private insurance companies.  C’mon, America, time for that rectal-cranial separation.


Chris Draime
also known as Vertigo Xi’an Xavier
owner, The Poet’s Haven
registered Democrat, state of Ohio

> Team,
> We’re now 11 days out from Election Day and I wanted to give you an
> important campaign update.
> An Associated Press headline said the other day that this race is “All
> even in the homestretch.” All indicators point to this race coming down to
> the wire, so it’s extremely important to reach out to undecided voters –
> the key to winning this election. The election is in your hands and I’m
> asking you to make the case to undecided voters for John McCain and Sarah
> Palin. Here’s what you should tell them…
> Instead of spreading wealth around, John McCain and Sarah Palin will
> spread opportunity.
> Recently in Ohio, Senator Obama finally broke down and famously told “Joe
> the Plumber” that his economic plan is to, “spread the wealth around.” Joe
> is working hard to realize the American dream, as are millions of other
> people who work hard, pay taxes and dream of owning a small business one
> day. Barack Obama will raise taxes on hardworking Americans to give a
> government handout to the 40% of Americans who pay no income taxes.
> Thanks to “Joe the Plumber,” voters are starting to see the clear
> difference between John McCain and Barack Obama on taxes. Joe’s story is
> your story … the story of hard work and the American dream. “Joe the
> Plumber” isn’t just one man in Ohio … it’s every person in America with
> hopes, dreams and the desire to work hard with the opportunity to succeed.
> John McCain and Sarah Palin have an economic plan that celebrates the
> American dream of opportunity, not government giveaways. In this country,
> we believe in spreading opportunity, for those who need jobs and those who
> create them. That’s why their economic plan – Jobs for America – is so
> important for the American people in this time of economic crisis.
> While Barack Obama is ready to “spread the wealth around,” John McCain has
> a plan to get our economy moving so everyone has access to good jobs, a
> quality education and the opportunity to succeed.
> John McCain and Sarah Palin don’t just talk about change … they deliver.
> This election is certainly about change – there’s no doubt about it. But
> that’s why we’re talking to voters about the difference between lower
> taxes and the opportunity to work hard for the American dream … or
> higher taxes and government giveaways with Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
> You can trust John McCain and Sarah Palin because they are the real deal;
> reformers with a record who stand by their words and will always put their
> country first.
> Time and time again this team of mavericks has stood up, taken on tough
> issues and delivered. They’re the real deal. They have a clear record that
> can deliver results, not just rhetoric that delivers votes.
> In the last 11 days of this campaign, we want voters to hear the story of
> “Joe the Plumber” to understand the important differences between John
> McCain and Barack Obama. Please take a minute today to watch videos
> submitted to our “I’m Joe the Plumber” video contest to see how people all
> across America recognize that they too are Joe the Plumber. Then forward
> this message to your friends with a personal message about why you’re like
> Joe the Plumber and why you are supporting John McCain and Sarah Palin on
> Election Day.
> Thanks,
> Rick Davis
> Campaign Manager, McCain-Palin 2008
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