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Written March 17, 2009

Updated March 24, 2009

Letter To Rush Limbaugh

I have been a listener for many years. I was the guy that wrote to you about the internet radio a few months back. I listened to your show yesterday, and finally realized that you and all of the conservative talk show radio hosts are basically the same as all of the elitist liberals who claim to be helping the little people. The idea that anyone can make what they want, and all it takes is hard work, is simply bull.

Throughout our own history, there have been the haves, and the have nots. To say that the railroad barons worked hard to get what they got is absurd. To say that the Rockefellers, Kennedys, Oprahs, Sean Penns, Heinz-Kerrys, A-Rods, and yes, even the Rush Limbaughs, got what they have is due to hard work, may have been partially true at one time or another. I know that you did not mention most of these people, but the premise applies. The point is that almost all Americans have spent their whole lives working very hard. I don't personally know if the difference in succeeding monetarily is in a large part due to luck, "Being in the right place, at the right time", or spiritual intervention, "There but for the grace of God, go I". I do know that hard work has little to do with monetary success, especially these days.

The statements that you made yesterday boiled down to, if someone set a monetary goal for themselves, they could make it by working hard to accomplish that end. The point that everyone could achieve the same results as you and numerous others have, is a moot point. You know as well as I do, that if everyone made $250,000.00 a year, a gallon of milk would cost $15.00, and a loaf of Wal-Mart bread would cost over $5.00. That is based on the current median income of $50,000.00 in 2007, versus $250,000.00. I know that you were giving an example of what people can achieve, if they put their mind to it. I know that you were giving the old "if I can do it, anyone can do it" approach to it. I know the "you can do anything, if you set your mind to it, and work hard" concept. It is what built this great country. It is why people still want to come here. It is noble and honorable. The problem is that it is also better than saying that some will fail, and some will succeed.

You were correct in saying the reason that A-Rod gets paid as much as he does, is because it makes Steinbrenner money. The point is that baseball used to be Americas greatest game. It was Americas greatest game because a father who drove a taxi cab, or was a fireman, or was a teacher, or was a carpenter, or was an electrician, or was a painter, or even a common laborer, could take his kid(s) to a baseball game and get them a hot dog, a soda, peanuts, whatever, without concern for the cost. I know that the owners are making more money than ever before. I know that they are still getting great attendance. I know that they have dollar day for the commoners. The point here is that this was a game for the common people that has turned into a polo spectacle for lack of a better term. Baseball stadiums are places to be seen, instead of family outings. The only reason I have this paragraph in here, is because you mentioned A-Rod, and I love baseball. I grew up in South Florida, and played baseball until I was 17. I did not watch any baseball after that until Wayne Huizenga brought the Florida Marlins to our stadium. I loved the second World Series title better than the first, but they were both great. After Mr. Huizenga sold the team, so many people said they hated Mr. Huizenga for doing so. I'm quite sure that most of the people who were saying that, didn't even go to any of the games. I always told anyone who felt that way, how can you hate the guy that brought the team here in the first place.

The people of this great nation have always been full of hope of prosperity. In most cases prosperity has always meant to be able to put a roof over your families heads, put food on the table, and provide for your loved ones. Multitudes of people who grew up in that environment, have become obsolete. In the current environment, we don't make products, build things, or even use our own natural resources. The problem is that we have become a nation of marketers and pundents, that don't care about anyone. We are literally being sold down the river by our "Representative Government" while opportunity for the commoners is being reduced drastically. All of the companies that have moved their customer service overseas to save some money to give to those "Executives" in bonuses, have indicated based on that action, that they do not care about customers in the least. The fact that the bonuses that were paid to AIG executives are insignificant, after they did not even do the job that they were supposed to, which was to make a profit for their shareholders, is significant due to the fact that our children and grandchildren will have to pay for their incompetence. I know that you were saying based on the overall absurdity in the amount that our Representatives are spending. I personally disagreed with bailing out any of the failing companies, including Fanny Mae, and Freddy Mac, Chrysler, Ford, GM, name just about any bank, and the list goes on and on. I also believe that Barney Franks should be brought up on charges for his part in requiring financial institutions to give loans to people who could not afford them. But, there is plenty of blame to go around for that mess.

I know that all of this seems like the ramblings of a skeptical human being, but that doesn't really matter, and I'm pretty sure that you'll never read this anyway. So, I'm going to ramble some more. My life in this great country has been pretty good for the most part. I have been unemployed since July of last year. I began my current status by writing a book called "A Buyer's Guide To Alternative Fueled Vehicles" which I copy wrote, went through the process of creating an LLC, got my tax id, and attempted to sell. Did not sell any, so I ventured into the employment arena. By the way, one thing that I believed then, and still believe, is that the natural gas companies should start promoting and installing natural gas fuel pumps in new homes. After several months of trying to find employment, I ended up moving in with my son and his wife. Continued to look for work on a daily bases. I have applied for all kinds of jobs, including Wal-Mart, and also looked for work on-line. You know, the earn money working from home thing. Yeh! I have applied for work at over 150 different places. I even put together my own web site (robtagent.com) and attempted to sell the internet radio, which I sent you an e-mail regarding the item, which I thought would be a great venture. You know how bad AM reception is in many area of the country.

I am currently working on a commission only bases for an internet service company. I have spent several hundred dollars trying to promote a viable service, of which I have not made any money on. The one item about this, is that I have printed numerous brochures at my own expense. During the course of doing that, I have had to buy ink cartridges for my printer. This is an item that goes along with the whole process of what I believe is wrong. The ink cartridges that I had to buy were for a Dell computer. Having limited capital, I made the brochures myself. A color cartridge for the printer cost $26.99. I researched the cartridge yield and found that the specified yield for a color cartridge is rated at 180 pages for 4X5 photographs, and 280 for color pages. In my research, I also found that a page yield represents on 5% of color per page. That fact seemed a bit ridiculous to me, but it was, what it was. To be further alarmed, when I put the new cartridge in the computer the first time, the printer indicated that I could print only 112 pages. As I was printing, the available page count went down 2 pages for each page that I printed. The colors on the brochure were very light. In any case, I got about 25 brochures before the cartridge went to zero (the brochure is printed on both sides). I stopped printing when the printer indicated that the cartridge was out. I got a second cartridge and put it in the printer. To my amazement, the printer indicated that I had 89 pages of print available. Needless to say, this was quite upsetting. Upon doing further research, there were some articles that indicated that the computer companies require that some ink should remain in the cartridge, so that no harm is done to the printer. What a crock! Anyway, I figured, what the heck, I kept on printing after the printer indicated that the cartridge was set to zero. I got 32 additional full pages before the ink ran out. That represents 39% of the total cartridge yield.

You ask, what is the point of all of this. The point is, I'm sure you remember the judge that sued those nice people who had a dry cleaning place for $54 million for losing a pair of pants. If I had the ability, I would go after the printer companies for false advertisement. But, of course, in today's society, based on the cost of lawyer fees, and the fact that we have to get punitive damages, the $68.28 cost to me (cartridges, tax, and gas money), would have to end up at about $20 million. Obviously a pair of pants is worth more than a couple of printer cartridges. In any case, I would be dead by the time the case would be settled, and the lawyers would get all of the money. Oh! Forget it. I'll just go to McDonalds and buy a cup of coffee to spill in my lap.

Again, although I'm quite sure you're not going to read this. Even if you did, you probably would say, another disgruntled person. The point truly is, that when you reach a certain pinnacle, it is hard to be sympathetic to the position that other people are in. I do believe that life is what you make it, but I also believe in what my mother said 'Life is very simple, only people make it complicated'. I still greet people with the phrase 'I woke up this morning, so it's a beautiful day'. I have to admit, that I don't believe it as much as I once did. In any case, I do hope that you have a great day, but I'm sure that you do not need my hope to do so.

As always, thank you for visiting my web site;

Robert J. Taggart, Sr