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First, my apologies if this was posted before. I did a search of "Cory Miller" and "letter Obama" with no success. Second, I wasn't quite sure where to post this, once again, my apologies if this is the wrong place.

This is an open letter to Barrack Obama. I do not have the original source, I heard it while driving home today. I did a few google searches on "Cory the Driller" and got several links to the same thing.

From: Cory Miller

Mr. Obama,

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 pawnshop and managed to scrape together a homemade drill rig and a few tools to do my first job. My businesses did not start not a result of privilege. It is 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 shovels. I had to use my 10-year-old, ½-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 pumps. 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 an employee and I (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 wouldn’t 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, and hard work, risk taking. A culture built around the concept that success was in reach on 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 government. 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 of 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 or Joe Biden (don’t you just hate goggle?). 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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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

Another theocrat from the Texas Bible Belt to be renounced. :angry2:

But seriously, it appears to be a legitimate letter.

Next step: a ruthless IRS investigation to destroy him. Someone should send him a copy of Atlas.

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An impressive letter that shows wonderful spirit. I wonder if "The Leader" has read it.

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An impressive letter that shows wonderful spirit. I wonder if "The Leader" has read it.

Sure, and Mr. Miller is obviously a disgruntled WASP who hates blacks..... :angry2:

It's a powerful story and a power letter, but there are apparently more of the entitlement mentalities in America now than those like him, or those supporting him.

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An impressive letter that shows wonderful spirit. I wonder if "The Leader" has read it.

Sure, and Mr. Miller is obviously a disgruntled WASP who hates blacks..... :angry2:

It's a powerful story and a power letter, but there are apparently more of the entitlement mentalities in America now than those like him, or those supporting him.

Outside of the coastal cities (welfare states) and the universities and other intellectual enclaves, I don't think so. Most of the average non-Objectivists I know -- and I know many -- support the Joes and the Corys, admire them, and aspire to be like them.

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Outside of the coastal cities (welfare states) and the universities and other intellectual enclaves, I don't think so. Most of the average non-Objectivists I know -- and I know many -- support the Joes and the Corys, admire them, and aspire to be like them.

How many such people voted for Obama?

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Sure, and Mr. Miller is obviously a disgruntled WASP who hates blacks..... :angry2:

It's a powerful story and a power letter, but there are apparently more of the entitlement mentalities in America now than those like him, or those supporting him.

If you mean the November 2008 election results give you this indication, keep in mind that a portion of eligible voters cast votes. I don't know the November 2008 statistics for my state, but I recall that since 2002 the percentage of eligible voters casting votes has kept steady at about 30% of those 29 and under, and ranges 38-50% for 30 and over. Among the non-voting crowd I think you know there are a lot of productive, hardworking average Americans with some positive values, and who desire happiness, and are just not consistently rational thinkers in any aspect outside a core employment competency or expertise. Even if you count all of those basically good people who do not think abstractly or revisit a patchwork quilt of anti-concepts as tacit support for a socialist America/Obaaaa the shepherd, remember they are inconsistent about that support if it means giving up some core personal value. What most of them say by staying silent or not voting is that they just want to be left alone to live their lives without needing or asking anything from a politician - Cory the driller happens to be a vocal one. I am certainly not seeing America as more philosophically robust that it is, but there are a large number of Americans to be valued in just measure for the balance of good that is in them, but otherwise forget about the lot of 'em and focus on what good you can do today.

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If you mean the November 2008 election results give you this indication, keep in mind that a portion of eligible voters cast votes. I don't know the November 2008 statistics for my state, but I recall that since 2002 the percentage of eligible voters casting votes has kept steady at about 30% of those 29 and under, and ranges 38-50% for 30 and over.

According to this AP report, consistent with other reports I've read, the voter turnout was high; 136.6 million Americans, indicating 64.1% of eligible voters, the highest since 1908.

According to this map, the two smallest percentages voting for Obama were Alabama at 33.5%, and Tennessee at 38.8%. Good for them ... On other, more detailed maps, it's clear that where Obama won, it was in cities, the rural vote was almost entirely against him.

I agree that there are a lot of Americans who want to be left free to live their lives, just concerned that they may be democratically outnumbered by those who don't. Of course, I am not giving up either way.

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It's a powerful story and a power letter, but there are apparently more of the entitlement mentalities in America now than those like him, or those supporting him.

Outside of the coastal cities (welfare states) and the universities and other intellectual enclaves, I don't think so. Most of the average non-Objectivists I know -- and I know many -- support the Joes and the Corys, admire them, and aspire to be like them.

But aren't "the coastal cities (welfare states) and the universities and other intellectual enclaves" now most of the voting population?

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It's a powerful story and a power letter, but there are apparently more of the entitlement mentalities in America now than those like him, or those supporting him.

Outside of the coastal cities (welfare states) and the universities and other intellectual enclaves, I don't think so. Most of the average non-Objectivists I know -- and I know many -- support the Joes and the Corys, admire them, and aspire to be like them.

But aren't "the coastal cities (welfare states) and the universities and other intellectual enclaves" now most of the voting population?

It's fairly evenly split. What gives me hope is that the better people tend to have a good grasp of the issues and respect for facts. The leftists are a blind herd running on emotion.

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It's a powerful story and a power letter, but there are apparently more of the entitlement mentalities in America now than those like him, or those supporting him.

Outside of the coastal cities (welfare states) and the universities and other intellectual enclaves, I don't think so. Most of the average non-Objectivists I know -- and I know many -- support the Joes and the Corys, admire them, and aspire to be like them.

But aren't "the coastal cities (welfare states) and the universities and other intellectual enclaves" now most of the voting population?

It's fairly evenly split. What gives me hope is that the better people tend to have a good grasp of the issues and respect for facts. The leftists are a blind herd running on emotion.

"Fairly evenly split" isn't enough when they have enough excess to win the election. That meams "most".

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Outside of the coastal cities (welfare states) and the universities and other intellectual enclaves, I don't think so. Most of the average non-Objectivists I know -- and I know many -- support the Joes and the Corys, admire them, and aspire to be like them.

But aren't "the coastal cities (welfare states) and the universities and other intellectual enclaves" now most of the voting population?

It's fairly evenly split. What gives me hope is that the better people tend to have a good grasp of the issues and respect for facts. The leftists are a blind herd running on emotion.

"Fairly evenly split" isn't enough when they have enough excess to win the election. That means "most".

For now. If we Objectivists appeal to and mobilize the best of the American people, it could make a big difference by the 2010 mid-term elections.

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Outside of the coastal cities (welfare states) and the universities and other intellectual enclaves, I don't think so. Most of the average non-Objectivists I know -- and I know many -- support the Joes and the Corys, admire them, and aspire to be like them.

But aren't "the coastal cities (welfare states) and the universities and other intellectual enclaves" now most of the voting population?

It's fairly evenly split. What gives me hope is that the better people tend to have a good grasp of the issues and respect for facts. The leftists are a blind herd running on emotion.

"Fairly evenly split" isn't enough when they have enough excess to win the election. That means "most".

For now. If we Objectivists appeal to and mobilize the best of the American people, it could make a big difference by the 2010 mid-term elections.

Exactly who in "we Objectivists" is going to "mobilize" whom and how? It would have made a big difference 50 years ago when Atlas burst on the scene if Americans had "mobilized", too, but somehow it doesn't seem that Americans are any more "mobilized" in the elections now than then. But a growing "blind herd" is mobilized to stampede "Joe" and "Cory" while Objectivists dramatically denounce those who vote and those who try to have an impact in the reality of politics.

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Exactly who in "we Objectivists" is going to "mobilize" whom and how?

By "we Objectivists" I mean any Objectivist who is willing and able to provide the intellectual ammunition and moral support -- like ME and anyone else who would like to do likewise. By "whom" I mean the "Joes" and "Corys" who deperately need our ideas more than ever.

It would have made a big difference 50 years ago when Atlas burst on the scene if Americans had "mobilized", too, but somehow it doesn't seem that Americans are any more "mobilized" in the elections now than then.

It takes a real leader with ideas. Look at the impact that Ronald Reagan had and his huge electoral success.

But a growing "blind herd" is mobilized to stampede "Joe" and "Cory"

The herd will follow whoever can lead them. McCain didn't have what it takes.

while Objectivists dramatically denounce those who vote and those who try to have an impact in the reality of politics.

SOME Objectivists, but far from all. Needless to say, those who do not participate will not affect the outcome either way. Those engaged in communicating our message to those who need it and can hear it, can have a huge impact.

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Exactly who in "we Objectivists" is going to "mobilize" whom and how?

By "we Objectivists" I mean any Objectivist who is willing and able to provide the intellectual ammunition and moral support -- like ME and anyone else who would like to do likewise. By "whom" I mean the "Joes" and "Corys" who deperately need our ideas more than ever.

I don't think you are going to "mobilize" America by the next election.

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Exactly who in "we Objectivists" is going to "mobilize" whom and how?

By "we Objectivists" I mean any Objectivist who is willing and able to provide the intellectual ammunition and moral support -- like ME and anyone else who would like to do likewise. By "whom" I mean the "Joes" and "Corys" who desperately need our ideas more than ever.

I don't think you are going to "mobilize" America by the next election.

I think ARC and Objectivist activists I know can reach out to, support, and provide intellectual ammunition to enough "Joes" and "Corys" to take back the House, and maybe even the Senate, from the Democrats in 2010. Nobody can be certain when projecting the future consequences of free will actions yet to be taken, but I think it is possible and worth the effort.

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