Dear Mitt Romney,
I just want you to know that I repent. I repent that I have earned three college degrees; I repent that I have failed to do it on my own; I repent that I now pay more of a percentage of my income on my taxes than you do, when I have clearly had so much undeserved entitlements that I should put some real skin in the game, 50% of my income, let’s say.
Of course, 50% of my income is what my tax advisor tells me I will pay in taxes out of my book advance. So maybe I will finally begin to pay back my unfair opportunities to eat, learn, and thrive in this country. Maybe then I’ll finally learn some personal responsibility.
Goldberry Long was born in New Mexico, attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her novel, Juniper Tree Burning, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2001, and her next novel, The Kingdom of No, is forthcoming from S&S. She admits to being an excessively slow writer, but this letter came out very quickly.