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We have a message board on our web site which anybody who wants to can
leave a message, expressing their opinions an any subject they choose.
Lately we have received some messages which I feel that I should address.
Unfortunately the people who left these messages decided for one reason
or another not to sign them, so I dont know who I am addressing
but here goes. You called me a narrow minded corporate bigot. Well let
me tell you something hotshot, Im about as corporate as my dog.
I am a people person and have employees who have been with me for over
twenty five years. I have a 401 K plan and health insurance for my employees,
give them liberal vacations and bonuses. My employees have never missed
a paycheck, even when I had to borrow the money from the bank. Even
when I was deeply in debt. Let me ask you something hot shot? Did you
ever lay in bed at night wondering how you were going to pay off a couple
of million dollars? Well I have, so dont tell me about being corporate.
I take good care of my people. Another letter said that I had changed
and been deceived by the corporate conservative platform. Well let me
tell you something too Mr. Nameless. I hope Ive changed. I hope
Im a better person and a better Christian than I was years ago
and I make absolutely no apologies about that. As to being deceived
by the corporate conservative platform, I want you to know that I have
not been deceived by anybody or anything. My opinions have been formed
by sixty-four years of living and forty plus years of being in business.
You seem to be in favor of big government, maybe thats where we
differ because Im defiantly not in favor of big government. I
dont feel that the government is responsible for my welfare from
the cradle to the grave. I have a very good reason for saying that.
Because Im an able bodied person who is able to earn a living
on my own without government assistance. I have never gotten a cent
from the government, never even drawn an unemployment check, and I dang
sure didnt get where I am by stepping on anybodys head.
The blessings of God and hard work are the answer. I have burned the
midnight oil, the mid day oil and the three o'clock in the morning oil
to make a life for my family and my employees. I have worked when I
was sick and exhausted. I have missed my son's birthdays, his first
words and first steps. I have been away from my wife for four months
at the time and gotten off of a broken down junky bus in the cold wee
hours of the morning to get rent a cars so we could make it to the next
gig. You try to paint me as anti-union. I happen to belong to several
unions and have refused to cross picket lines in front of recording
studios and concert venues. And for your information I did three benefit
concerts to help Jimmy Carter get elected and to this day believe hes
the most honorable man to hold the office my lifetime. I am proud to
call him friend. You also seem to think that Im a Republican.
I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat. I vote for the person, not
the party and I think they are collectively to blame for the mess this
country is in. You try to make me appear as a heartless, dispassionate
person who is against any government assistance to anybody. Nothing
could be farther than the truth. I just happen to believe that the government
does a poor job of administering our tax dollars. It takes more to run
the beaurocracy than what actually reaches the needy people. I feel
that they encourage people to have children they have no intention of
taking care of just to draw a bigger welfare check. I think that all
able bodied people should have to work for a living . You say that the
people who make the most money should pay the most taxes. Guess what?
They do. Im so sick and tired about hearing about a tax cut for
the wealthy. Im not a Vanderbilt, a Rockefeller nor Bill Gates,
but I would love to see these people get a tax cut. You know why? Because
that money will not end up in the pocket of a crack dealer nor molding
in a bank vault. They will invest it, in the stock market, in new businesses,
in all sorts of ventures which create jobs, which in turn creates prosperity.
The government doesnt create anything except debt. I came to Nashville
with a twenty dollar bill, the clutch out of my car and a wife and baby.
I went to a pawn shop and pawned everything we had of any value so we
could have money to feed our baby until I could get to work. I was told
by people that Id never make it in the music business, that theres
nothing special about me. If I can make something out of myself, anybody
with normal intelligence and a lot of drive can do the same thing. My
heartfelt beliefs are derived from experience not from what Dan Rather
says on the evening news or some politicians sound bite. So dont
ask me to apologize for accomplishing something. I just thank God for
America and the absolute truth that its out there for you if you
want it bad enough. Oh and by the way, to the person who called me a
bigot. I dont think you know the true meaning of the word. If
you really want to know, look it up in the dictionary and go take a
long look in the mirror.
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