Bureaucrats decide Congressmen cannot write “Merry Christmas” in official mail

Bah, humbug, say the anonymous rulemakers -- who have ruled that generic holiday greetings are OK, but not any mention of the dreaded word "Christmas"

BY: Rob Kerby


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by nameless members of the Franking Commission, a bureaucracy which spends much of its time making, clarifying and re-writing rules in order to justify its existance. Staffers then apply the ever-changing rules, which only they understand, to outgoing mail from Representatives to approve whether each letter qualifies for “franking privileges” — free postage, one of the perks of being a member of Congress.

This year, Congressmen were told no holiday greetings, including “Merry Christmas,” could be sent.

U.S. Representative Nick Rahall, a West Virginia Democrat on Wednesday urged the House Leadership to rein in the absurdity.

“This policy is just one more way political correctness is slowly dismantling the meaning of the Christmas season,” Rahall and other House members said in a letter to the House leadership. “The responsibility of the Franking Commission should not be to enforce political correctness. We are celebrating significant moments in two religions that have fundamentally shaped our Nation, and, as Members of Congress who represent thousands of constituents celebrating these holidays, we ask you to reconsider these outdated and restrictive rules.”

He pointed out the preposterous guidelines in which members were told they could make references in their official letters “to the season as a whole, using generic language” such as “have a safe and happy

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