My 87-year-old mother-in-law is the target of fear-mongering demands for money from organizations claiming conservative, small government philosophy.
A letter from United States Health Congress told my mother-in-law she had to sign and send a “personal petition” to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) supporting a bill that will end “the Job-Killing Health Care Act.”
And, of course, “with your signed Petition to your Senator, also include your most generous financial gift to the United States Health Congress.”
Then there is a letter from American Federation of Senior Citizens, signed by a Wanda Powe, mailed in a “secure black tube and TWO CONFIDENTIAL labels.”
I am so angry at the people who run those organizations, people who prey on the upbringing of older men and women. My mother-in-law reads all her mail, from beginning to end. She is from the generation that was taught to respond to letters, from a time when almost all mail was from friends. She also believes she has to talk to money-grubbers who call on the telephone because it would be bad manners to refuse. She is a target. The bastards who prey on older people know how to get money, and they are adamant in their determination.
A letter from United States Health Congress contained the name “Lori Klein, Arizona Senator.” There is an Arizona state senator by that name. Today I sent this email to Sen. Klein:
“If you are the person identified as part of the United States Health Congress in a fear-mongering letter sent to my 87-year-old mother-in-law, then I must chastise you for betraying Republican Party principals, as well as American philosophy and morality.
“Those who feed on the fears of senior citizens are the lowest of politicians and charlatans. Those who seek power and money from women and men who worked all their lives and now have only retirement funds with which to feed, house and clothe themselves … Mere words cannot describe the loathing I hold for those politicians.
There is a special place in hell for those who take advantage of the
“If you are not the “Arizona Senator” in the letter, then I suggest you take measures to stop Policy Issues Institute from using your name and reputation in frightening old people to give up their money.”
(My name in original.)