Looks like the PC police have threatened members of the House of Representatives against wishing constituents a "Merry Christmas," if they want to do so in a mailing paid for with tax dollars.Another example on the PC "War on Christmas" I guess.
Members who submit official mailings for review by the congressional franking commission that reviews all congressional mail to determine if it can be "franked," or paid for with tax dollars, are being told that no holiday greetings, including "Merry Christmas," can be sent in official mail.
Except, it's not. Not after you take a deeper look.
Members of Congress send millions of dollars worth of mail to constituents every year but there are official rules that govern what can and cannot be said in those mailings. Members are barred, for example, from saying anything that might be construed as advocating their re-election.And he goes on to quote the memo:
But saying "Merry Christmas" is also not permitted, according to a Dec. 12 memo from the "Franking Commission Staff" concerning "Holiday Messaging."
Members are unable at the current time to use official resources to record holiday greetings, post on social media/website, or send to constituents in franked mail or e-communications.Two things here. It's not that saying "Merry Christmas" is not permitted. Rather, members of the House can send every one of their constituents a Christmas card if they wanted to. They just can't ask the taxpayers to pay for it.
Member’s Congressional Handbook: GREETINGS-
Expenses related to the purchase or distribution of greetings, including holiday celebrations, condolences, and congratulations for personal distinctions (wedding anniversaries, birthdays, etc.), are not reimbursable.”
4(a). Example of Nonfrankable Items -Birthday, anniversary, wedding, birth, retirement or condolence messages and holiday greetings are prohibited.”
You may make reference to the season as a whole using language along the lines of 'Have a safe and happy holiday season.' It may only be incidental to the piece rather than the primary purpose of the communication."
And second - there's a Franking Manual?
But this must be a new thing, right? A newly imposed PC rule from the Pelosi/Obama crowd now controlling the House of Representatives, right??
Ha. That was a funny.
Ok, so despite the fact that the House is now controlled by the GOP, this offensive PC rule must be a holdover from when the socialists who control the Democrat party controlled the House, right?
Um, no. Here's the manual.
The date on the front page reads:
June 1998And who was Speaker of the House in June of 1998?
That would be Newt Gingrich. Remember the late 90s? The GOP gained control of the House after the 94 elections.
But what about that Franking Commission? Who were they? More precisely, who's responsible for this offensive PC fiat stomping the religious freedoms of our God fearing House members?
From the manual:
BILL THOMAS, California, ChairmanWould you look at that. Current Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner was on the Committee that released the Franking manual in June of 1998. As well as Bob "They're not French Fries, they're Freedom Fries" Ney. House controlled by Newt, Franking Committee controlled by Republican Bill Thomas, committee members include Boehner and Ney and still they banned Christmas from the House mailings!!
JOHN BOEHNER, Ohio
ROBERT W. NEY, Ohio
STENY HOYER, Maryland
WILLIAM CLAY, Missouri
MARTIN FROST, Texas
They ought to be ashamed. Really.