Franked assessment

Rather than wait for her Senator to send her the usual form letter, Julie decided to compose one on her own:

Dear Constituent,

We received your letter here at Sen. [Kent] Conrad’s office and are responding back to you mainly because that is one of the job requirements we are paid to do out of your tax dollars. We can’t possibly care about everything everyone writes to us about. We admit we don’t really care about what you wrote about, then, but in an effort to make you think that we do, we want you to know that your letter was received and here we are, responding.

Who knew? This comes off as the hard-copy equivalent of voicemail.


  1. fillyjonk »

    14 January 2011 · 2:43 pm

    Voicemail as in that endless loop of “Your call is important to us. Please stay on the line for 7,623 hours while we ignore other customers”?

  2. CGHill »

    14 January 2011 · 2:47 pm

    Almost exactly.

    As Alice Kahn put it: “For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press 3.”

  3. Lisa Paul »

    14 January 2011 · 8:03 pm

    I have to give a shout out to President George H. W. Bush. During his presidency, I routinely sent him letters thanking him when he did something I thought was helping the country. I always prefaced the letters by saying, “I’m a Democrat and I didn’t vote for you, but I appreciated…”

    I always received letters back on White House stationery that made specific mention to the exact points in my letters. I’m sure he didn’t write them, but someone did. Someone who had clearly taken the time to really read my letters and think about what I was saying.

    But that was back in the Olden Days before Facebook, Twitter, etc.

  4. McGehee »

    14 January 2011 · 9:15 pm

    GHWB came from a culture that placed high value on social graces.

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