Congressmen Banned From Wishing Constituents “Merry Christmas” in Mailings

Via Mark Tapscott of The Washington Examiner:

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.

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.

“I called the commission to ask for clarification and was told no ‘Merry Christmas.’ Also told cannot say ‘Happy New Year’ but can say ‘have a happy new year’ – referencing the time period of a new year, but not the holiday,” said a Hill staffer who requested anonymity.

Another Hill staffer told The Washington Examiner that “we were given that advice after submitting” a draft mailing.

Who are these “PC Police” who make up the Franking Commission?  You may be surprised to know it’s made up of an equal number of Republicans and Democrats.

Franking Commission Members

Republicans: Aaron Schock (R-IL-18), Tom Price (R-GA-06), Bob Latta (R-OH-05)

Democrats: Susan Davis (D-CA-53), Brad Sherman (D-CA-27), Cedric Richmond (D-LA-02)

For some reason, Senators are not bound by the same limitations as House members:

“Senators may not use the frank to mail holiday cards. However, Senators may use officially related funds to mail holiday cards to constituents. Holiday cards to friends should be sent with personal funds, not using Senate facilities.

“Senators also may NOT use the frank to ac- knowledge holiday greetings that were sent to them. Senators may express holiday greetings at the commencement or conclusion of otherwise frankable mail.”

Nuts.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!

Video: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Blasts “Obama and His Band of Merry Men” For Shredding Immigration Law

kpho out of Phoenix reported:

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says a scathing U.S. Justice Department report about his office’s law enforcement tactics marks what he calls “a sad day for America as a whole.” The Justice Department on Thursday found that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office has committed a wide range of civil rights violations against Latinos, including a pattern of racial profiling and discrimination and carrying out heavy-handed immigration patrols based on racially charged citizen complaints.

The AP reported:

Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he is the victim of a politically motivated attack by the Obama administration. That after the Justice Dept. issued a report saying Arpaio’s office has carried out a blatant pattern of discrimination against Latinos.

Arpaio held a press confernce,  Thursday, to respond to the DOJs actions, which include the cancelation of their 287G agreement. Arpaio says that means law enforcement in AZ will no longer able to check the immigration status of  criminal offenders  brought to their jails.minal offenders  brought to their jails.

A clearly bitter Aroaio concluded dryly: “President Obama and his band of merry men may as well erect a pink neon sign at the AZ/ Mexico border that says, “Welcome all illegals to your United  States, Our home is your home.”

This Justice Department is out of control.

Via: HotAirPundit on a tip from  Brian B.