Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bureaucracy at its finest.

This was supposedly a real letter sent to the U.S. Passport Office. Even if it wasn't actually a bona fide letter sent to them, it still makes a point.

Dear Mrs. Ms. Or Sir:

I'm in the process of renewing my passport and still cannot believe this.

How is it that Radio Shack has my address and telephone number and knows
that I bought a cable TV from them in 1987 (23 years ago), and yet, the
Federal Government is still asking me where I was born and on what date.

For Christ sakes, do you guys do this by hand? Ever heard of computers?

My birth date you have in my social security file. It's on EVERY income tax
form I've filed for the past 30 years. It's on my Medicare health insurance
card and my driver's license, It's on the last eight damn passports I've
had, It's on every stupid customs declaration form I've had to fill out
before being allowed off the plane for the last 30 years. And it's on all
those census forms that we have to do at election times.

Would somebody please take note, once and for all, that my mother's name is
Maryanne, my father's name is Robert and I'm reasonably confident that
neither name is likely to change between now and when I die.

Between you an' me, I've had enough of this bureaucratic bullshit!

You send the application to my house, then you ask me for my #*&#%*&

What is going on? You must have a gang of bureaucratic Neanderthal morons
working there!

Look at my damn picture. Do I look like Bin Laden? And "No," I don't want
to dig up Yasser Arafat, for shit sakes. I just want to go and park my ass
on a sandy beach. And would someone please tell me, why would you give a
damn whether I plan on visiting a farm in the next 15 days?

If I ever got the urge to do something weird to a chicken or a goat, believe
you me, I'd sure as hell not want to tell anyone!

Well, I have to go now because I have to go to the other end of the city and
get another #*@&#^@*@& copy of my birth certificate to the tune of $100.

Would it be so difficult to have all the services in the same area so
I could get a new passport the same day? Nooooo, that would require planning
and organization. And it would be too logical for the @&^*^%@% government.

You'd rather have us running all over the place like chickens with our
heads cut off. Then, we have to find some asshole to confirm that it's
really me in the damn picture - you know, the one where we're not allowed
to smile........Hey, you know why we can't smile?

We're totally pissed off!


An Irate Citizen.

P.S. Remember what I wrote about getting someone to confirm that the
picture is me? Well, my family has been in the United States of America
since 1776. I have served in the military for something over 35 years and
have had security clearances up the ying yang. However, I have to get
someone important to verify who I am - you know, someone like my

And you assholes want to run our health care system?????

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