I haven’t lived in Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s New York district since June of 2005. That’s the month I moved to Maine. Her office knows that I moved, as evidenced by the correct address — in Maine — on the form letters I receive from Lowey Headquarters every so often. Evidently, Ms. Lowey, a member of the powerful Appropriations Committee, likes to keep me informed of her accomplishments. In her latest missive, she writes,
Dear Friend: I wanted to update you on my efforts to rein in federal spending and the national debt.
Reining in spending is an admirable goal. So I suppose it would be churlish of me to wonder why someone so hellbent on curbing government waste keeps writing to people who are not her constituents, while billing taxpayers for the cost of “preparing, publishing, and mailing” those “Aren’t I awesome” letters.
Rogier is a Dutch-born, New-England-dwelling multi-media maven (OK, a writer and photographer) whose dead-tree publishing credits include the New York Times, Wired, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Reason.