Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan presents us with cheerful news--really cheerful.
I never realized that if I only asked my representative in Congress for several million dollars from the United States Treasury, my request would be treated as a routine constituent service and thus hastened with my rep's full-throated endorsement to the appropriate largesse-dispenser. Yet that, it seems, is how it works:
After having these letters called to my attention I checked into them, and they were treated as constituent service requests in the same way matters involving Social Security or Veterans Affairs are handled. This is why I didn’t recall the letters earlier. But they should have been handled differently, and I take responsibility for that.
No, no, no, Paul. Don't change the procedure. This is beautiful. It's the Randian dream you always dreamed of and we always thought impossible. We, individually, can all be millionaires. We simply write a letter asking for immense booty, and our congressional office doesn't notice the request is for $10 million, rather than last month's $900 Social Security check.
Truly, it's a thing of beauty.