See the picture? That’s an untouched copy of an actual email I’ve received from Paul Ryan’s office. (If you click on the image, you can see a larger size.) And, I’m disappointed. I don’t know if it is a change in staff or what has happened, but his response used to be better than this. I’m used to receiving a letter from him that at least names the legislation I’ve written about. I contacted him 3 times in the last week. Once regarding H.R. 1024 – Uniting American Families Act of 2009, once on a recent vote on extending unemployment (I forget the #) and once on gay marriage. This is the response I get? This is highly unusual for Paul Ryan to not give a detailed response.
I do realize that I’m not his most important constituent, but I am surprised that his answer didn’t at least name the legislation.
I’m very disappointed right now. I truly am.
Do you think he or a member of his staff has read my blog and realized I won’t be voting for him come November? But, if they did read my blog, you’d think they’d realize I’d blog about his answer.
I am a centralist lesbian who is liberal in social views and fiscally conservative.
I believe that if you work hard, you can achieve the American Dream.
I believe that we were lied to at the start of the War In Iraq and I believe that now we’re in a huge mess over there that will end up causing more terrorism in the world.
I believe that the huge tax cuts for the rich and corporations, that started until Ronald Reagan in the 1980’s, proved to be ultimately bad for our economy.
I believe that we need to make our borders tighter and work on keeping out both illegal immigrants and legal ones. In this economic crisis, we can’t afford foreign workers to take the few jobs available for American workers.
I believe that without the unions, we would all be working six days a week, without healthcare and without vacations.
I believe that large companies only care about their bottom line and not the people that work for them.
I believe that without high tariffs and high taxes on companies that close American plants to move them overseas, we will remain in this recession and it will only get worse, not better.
I believe that people who only watch Fox News are missing half the story.
I believe that people who only watch MSNBC are missing half the story.
This week, I read a quick post somewhere that mentioned how gays are always shoving their lifestyles down straights’ throats. And, I thought about it for a little while and it dawned on me that the writer must not realize how “straight” the world is.
When I mention that I’m married, to someone I’ve just met, they usually ask me about my husband. Most people do a double take when I mention that I have a wife.
Recently, when I filled out an online form for work, I entered Cheryl as my spouse. The system filled in her sex as male. HR had to fix it. A computer system assumed that I was straight.
We get phone calls asking for one of us that the other will take, when I say Mrs. _______ isn’t here, I’m asked if the caller could speak to Mr. ______. From insurance forms to phone calls and even those dreaded taxes, as a gay person, I’m constantly reminded that the world is geared for straight people.
This isn’t a complaint, I get it. There’s more straights than gays. It’s like being left handed. I read somewhere that 10% of the population is left handed. The world is geared for right handed people.
But, no one tells someone who is left handed that they are shoving their lifestyle down a right handed person’s throat.
Gays are 10% of the population, why is it when we want to be treated as full members of American society, we’re shoving our lifestyle down society’s throat?
I don’t have an answer. I just don’t. I just live in a straight world. It’s getting better, but we could improve it.