A Letter from my Congressman
In addition to the letter from my homeowners association, I also received in the mail today a letter from one of my senators, Saxby Chambliss. I won't get into the Social Security discussion again right now, but I do want to talk a little bit about the response itself. I'm a little honored that he bothered to reply, but disappointed in that it is obviously a form letter that someone pulled out of the "Social Security" stack. I'll post the entire text of my letter and his response in this post's comments in case you're curious about the exact exchange, but in this post, I have to at least show you his signature:
Notice that it's in blue, as if signed in person with a felt-tip pen. It kind of makes me feel important that a big-time US senator thought about me for a few minutes in his busy day. However, if you look closely, notice that the bottom loop of the "y" in "Saxby" is broken by the typewritten "l" in "Chambliss." Hmmm...
I do wish that his staff person who read and processed my letter had at least modified the basic form letter by putting something like, "Thank you for your ideas," or "I will consider the suggestion you have made," or at least something that indicates that the letter wasn't just OCR'ed and tagged as "Standard Social Security response letter number three." Oh well, at least I did receive a response, and one jam-packed with information about Social Security, and it pretty much spells out what his position on the issue is.
I never received a reponse from John Linder, my other senator, so I'm guessing that he's actually still pondering the idea carefully and taking his time so that the response will be really important and insightful.