To the editor:
When I was 11 years old, my dad died after nearly two years of severe illness. My mother and I lost our house after exhausting our health insurance. We moved very quickly from middle class to poor, victims of nothing but cancer.
Relatives, neighbors and friends were helpful but we were eventually forced to apply for and accept public assistance and Social Security. This was not easy for my "Republican family" to do, but it was absolutely necessary for our survival. Pride has its place, but foolishness is not a virtue. After all, we paid into Social Security and welfare.
From the age of 12 onward I have always worked and paid taxes of some sort. For 40-plus years, I have paid income tax at what I believe to be a higher rate than the "rich boy" who thinks so little of me.
Without the help that my mother and I received from the government I would not have been able to complete two years of college and obtain an associate degree. I would not have been able to find a good job, buy a house, contribute to the economy and, yes, pay taxes.
Without the help received from predominantly Democrats and a very few Republicans who were not heartless, I may have become a criminal instead of a taxpayer.
I strongly resent the assertion that I am somehow a freeloader or dependent upon government, but at the same time I am grateful to Democrats for giving me a chance to become a productive member of society.
I and 90 percent of my family are now Democrats and proud to be so. My aunt became a Democrat in her 80s.
Unlike Mitt Romney, I have nothing to hide and my tax records, for more than 40 years, could be made available on a whim.
To suggest that I am a dependent freeloader is a shameful lie, but to accuse my mother of this is so deeply offensive to me that I am glad that he was surrounded by his wealthy, greedy, elite buddies and, well, let's just say that I was not in attendance. A cost of $50,000 a plate is too expensive for a moocher such as myself.
Romney hasn't the foggiest notion to a clue of what it is like to struggle or face adversity. Talk about entitlement, he thinks he is entitled to be president. Should we hand him this office the same way that he has been handed just about everything else in his life?
If Romney had been president for the last four years, OBL would be alive and GM would be dead.
Romney and Ryan want to redistribute wealth toward the top. Please don't vote against yourselves, vote Democrat.