John Kline Letter Exemplifies Wasteful Government Spending

Have you ever written a letter to John Kline with a question about NSA data collection and then waited patiently … going every day to your mailbox … patiently waiting for a response.

Maybe you rationalize the delay as Chairman Kline might need some time to review the issue and give you an accurate response.

But then … magically … a letter arrives … it has the letterhead … it’s an official letter …
Then you notice that the letter is not address to you … but to your son … prompting a chance to praise your son for taking the imitative to write Chairman Kline.
Only to hear … “Whose John Kline ?” and an acknowledgment that he did not write a letter or call the congressional office.

Opening the envelope, you see a letter and a certificate

Dear ___,
Congratulations on your high school graduation! This achievement marks a significant milestone towards a promising future, and you should be proud of your accomplishments.
I am please to present to you the enclosed certificate to commemorate your achievement.

Please accept my sincere congratulations and best wishes as you enter a new and exciting phase of life.

As your member of Congress and Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, I remained dedicated to ensuring our nation’s schools help shape our next generation of leaders. Whether you pursue higher education or a career in the workplace, your graduation sets you on a solid path to achiever your goals.

If I can be of assistance to you in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.

John Kline

That’s right, taxpayers … YOU are paying for John Kline to send certificates and congratulatory letters to high school graduates. This is not a new concept … the Roundtable has chastised Representative Aaron Schock (R-IL) for previously doing this … but since these graduates are new or soon-to-be-voters, Representative Schock sends them voter registration forms too.

That’s what this is really about … not an offer “of assistance to you in the future” but instead a part of the Selling of John Kline … telling parents and students that he cares about them (using your taxdollars to do it.)

The question that deserves an answer is : How did Chairman Kline get the “data” … who is graduating ?

After all, John Kline, as Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, sent a February 2010 letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan warning about “the creation of a de facto national student database raises serious legal and prudential questions. Congress has never authorized the Department of Education to facilitate the creation of a national student database. To the contrary, Congress explicitly prohibited the ‘development of a nationwide database of personally identifiable information’ under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and barred the ‘development, implementation or maintenance of a federal database of personally identifiable information …including a unit record system, an education bar-code system or any other system that tracks individual students over time.”

Yet somehow, Chairman Kline was able to get these names and addresses and mail letters.

Funny that we hear about the NSA snooping and it is rarely mentioned that John Kline has voted against efforts to curtail the program … a truly bi-partisan vote that failed by seven votes

Will this Selling of John Kline effort work … well, maybe he would have a better chance depending upon how well he responds to

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