December 4, 2006
REAL ID Reactions
By James Wilson
Senator Clinton seems to have contempt for the opinions of her constituents. This is one of the lamest replies we've seen. That makes it all the more important to overwhelm her office with our petitions:
Dear [petitioner's name]: Thank you for writing about the REAL ID Act. The thoughts and concerns of my New York constituents are very important to me. I thank you for taking the time to share them with me. Please know that as I participate in discussions on the issues before the United States Senate, your thoughts and the opinions of all who write are given careful consideration. Thank you again for taking the time to write. Please check my website for updates on the issues being considered by the Senate. Sincerely, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
But at least the staffer who sent this reply got the issue right. This staffer in Senator Durbin's office wasn't paying attention. Again, this is all the more reason to flood Durbin's office and make them pay attention:
Dear [petitioner]: Thank you for your message about increased funding for veterans health care and other veterans benefits. I appreciate hearing from you.
The letter goes on about Sen. Durbin's support for veterans. Finally, in response to our Real ID Grudge Day Dispatch, Downsizer Marshall Fritz notes,
Maybe someone could drag up the assurances that SS "card" would never be used as ID. That was 1936. About 1963, the Supreme Court held that indeed the **card** could not be used for ID, but that the number could. Slippery, and I still hold a grudge.
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