December 22, 2011

More White House Email Fun

The White house is clogging my inbox again, this time with a series of messages aimed at the payroll tax cut.  First they sent something titled 'This Isn't a Game' and asked for people to respond with what $40 per paycheck means to their family.  Today they followed up with another email and a (left side only) sample of the responses they have gotten...
"$40 is big money for us"
Yesterday, we asked you to tell us what losing $40 per paycheck would mean to you and your family if the House doesn’t pass the bipartisan payroll tax cut compromise by the end of this year.
The response was truly overwhelming. Thousands of Americans have responded and we wanted to make sure you saw some of the responses that have poured in from across the country.
If you haven't already, tell us what $40 means for you and your family, and see what it means for other Americans.
Have questions about the payroll tax cut? Today at 3:30 p.m. EDT, Brian Deese, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, will be holding Office Hours on the @WHLive Twitter account - join in the conversation using the hashtag #WHChat.
Stories submitted on
I can buy lunch from the cafeteria for almost a whole month for my twins, I can buy food, or pay for gas. I can save it for my daughter’s prescriptions deductibles. To some people $40 is nothing, but $40 is big money for us.
L.A., Hamden, Connecticut
$40.00 a paycheck will allow me to continue to pay co-pays to doctors for necessary medical treatments needed to control debilitating disease.J.R., Arlington, Texas
Our cable internet bill is $49 per month. If we lose this payroll tax cut then we will have to give up either or internet access or possibly our 'Friday Family Pizza' night. Either way, we will lose something that brings us together as a family. 
K.Z., Frederick, Maryland
$40 less a paycheck means I will have to pick between my insulin and the water bill. It means never being able to see my doctor - even though I have insurance.
B.T., Roswell, New Mexico

The email droned on with other examples from email and Twitter, ad nauseum.  Then this additional opportunity to communicate with the White House:
Tell us what $40 means for you and your family.
So I clicked.  Here is my short and sweet response that won't be showing up on any White House missives:
$40 per paycheck means that in 1,923 years we can afford a Christmas vacation like the president's.

1 comment:

Titan Mk6B said...

I'll bet that before they delete it somebody laughed.