The sublime Julianna Baggott had an idea: start a website where writers could write letters to Mitt Romney, explaining our lives to him. We are the 47 percent of the people that Romney believes are selfish, entitled freeloaders grabbing at health care, food and housing, and he has said that the government's job "is not to worry about those people." Look at the website here.
And who are those people, really? Some are unemployed. Many lost their jobs because of the economic crisis. That 47% is made up of seniors, students scraping by on loans, soldiers injured and on disability. As Julianna so eloquently says on the site, Mitt Romney's 47% includes "those we love. His 47% includes those who work hard and who continue to dream hard."
Richard Russo, Julianna Baggott, myself, Seth Brady, Jennifer Finley Boylan, Erin Belieu, Erin Murphy--and coming up Cheryl Strayed and more--all are sharing our lives and our voices with you on this site. We feel we represent America--an America Mitt Romney doesn't really know or understand.
To submit your own letter to Mitt Romney about how you represent, once represented, or want to honor someone who has represented the 47 percent for possible inclusion on the website, send to firstname.lastname@example.org.