Sounds like my Congressman only mine is a Democrat. He sends form letters in return and doesn't address whatever I've written him about. Sadly though, whoever will run against him will probably also be an idiot. It'd be nice to vote for someone who isn't the lesser of two evils.
There are idjits in both parties. But right now, right here where I live, the idjits are all clumping around big-footed and blowing their own horns with their trunks.
I miss the Congressman we had pre-Perrymandering.
I would say I miss pre-Perry everything, but we had Bush for a couple of rounds there and he was just as bad.
Good luck! He sounds like a horror.
Our Senators are worse, I think, but this one is no prize. I can only hope that I'm wrong about the afterlife and he gets reincarnated as a poor non-white female in whatever is then the worst location, preferably with a clear memory of what he said and did in the past, and how it connects to where he is then. (For certain other politicians and a former Attorney-General, I hope they're reborn in situations that result in them being sent to unknown locations for interrogation... I shall now have to spend some quality time trying to repent these obviously evil wishes. Clearly my character is not yet reformed...)
You do realise he probably doesnt answer the letters himself? At the very least an Electoral Officer (runs his consituent office), at most some government lackey. Thats why you got the party line in the beginning.
Oh, I know that. I'm sure all I'm doing is annoying/amusing some Bright Young Elephant with blow-dried hair and a sense of Entitlement you could spread out over the entire Congressional District. But it's worth doing anyway, IMO.
Perhaps I'll shoot you an email. It involves point by point response to his, and thus involves quoting his email, something I won't do here.
Mine is married. His wife sits on the board of one of the Big 5 insurance companies and one of the Big Pharma companies.
He's a Democrat, in theory, but I am pretty sure that he is going to remain true to the ones that bought him and vote as though he were a Republican on health care issues.
I would bet on it...his wife won't get those goodies if he doesn't...and I'm sure some sugar comes down that pipe.
Assistants may do the responses, but they take their tone and substance from the guy at the peak of their individual feeding pyramid.
My congressthing's office doesn't even disguise responses as letters - just unearths the vaguely appropriate position statement. Yes mine is a Dem. I used to be represented by the late Gary Studds, who responded promptly and appropriately to query's. I still miss him as do most of his constituants, even the last bunch who only got him because the elephants in charge rejiggered the district in an effort to eliminate him.
None of them have a clue, and never will have unless someone near to them has to wrestle the snakes that the regular citizen's do. You can bet that their insurance doesn't try to force the useless bare minimum onto them, nor does it try to drop them the minute they have a major claim.
And once they have been in office, however briefly, they have it for life, unlike most of our retired auto workers for example.
Yes, I think Congress should be forced out of their cushy health care coverage and made to struggle in the drying pond with the rest of the tadpoles.
I would bet that about the time their spouses or children were told that a needed test or procedure or medication wasn't covered, they'd come howling back in with a whole new attitude.
Are you certain that you live in Texas? He sounds just like my Georgia senator. We just got a news update from him that sends me into frothingness.
Honeychile (humor intended), Texas and Georgia have a long, bad history of political similarity. Georgia is where GWB went when he was given leave from the Texas Air National Guard (that very handy way for rich boys to get a uniform without actually, you know, risking their tender white hides or being subject to the draft) so he could go help out a Georgia conservative's campaign. SOB couldn't even stay in Texas and show up once a month...)
--"if you dropped him into the ocean, he'd fall headfirst all the way down and stick in the seafloor."
We had one of those where we used to live. I tried writing him polite, well-reasoned emails disagreeing with his fossilized views, and _if_ he responded, it was with a terse "I'm voting the way I've always voted and nothing can change my mind" response. Never even said "thank you for writing to tell me what you think."
Utter Neolithic toad, he is.
Golly. That IS rude. Mine's more polite than that (amazing!!) despite calling me by my first name. He thanks me for sharing my views and tells me if I need further assistance to contact him again. The fact that he hasn't given any is beside the point, of course.
I'll have to back up and say thanks, huh? (I don't think so.)
My Congress-critter is Peter Difazio- I don't always agree with him but I get actual responses to my emails that clearly show somebody at least read them.
My senator used to be the un-lamented Bart Gordon. I would send an email saying 'I don't like Bill Number Such-and-such and here's why.' I got back a rote 'thank you for supporting me in my completely opposite to yours position' email every. single. time.
I took to calling and saying 'You do know your email response was incorrect and confirms my darkest suspicions about the Senator's IQ, right?'. The hemming and hawing would have been amusing if the issues hadn't been so serious.
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That's the kind of reply I get from my Senators, to the point where I don't bother to look at their replies. I have called, a few times, but it's expensive and I get these chirpy little teeny-bopper-voiced aides, so young and tender you're afraid they'll burst into tears when you tell them you're peeved with their boss.
You know, I'd feel some sympathy for you, except I live in Oklahoma.
I feel your pain. Shall we exchange sympathy of equal amounts?
2009-08-06 07:03 pm (UTC)
You are not alone =P Except that here in Canada, where I am, it's a matter of yelling at them about things not to change. The conservatives are convinced that two tiered or privatized healthcare will fix all our problems, even when all the statistics and studies from across the border and comparing the two systems show it doesn't work anywhere near as well.
They also send form letters, ignore what you say and dismiss a lot of things as "carebear propaganda". And there are certainly morons in political positions, but my feeling is that often the responses take the form they do because they believe everyone in the general public are morons =P It's easier to take a political stance if you give the impression that anyone in opposition "just doesn't get it" and spew dismissive and unrelated sound bites at them.
Send him the words-of-one-syllable form and send the well written version to the paper - there is bound to be one paper in his district that opposes him and will print it.