March 11, 2018
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Re: “Policy Survey”
I came across your “policy survey” online as I was searching for your recent tweets. What a sham! It was nothing but a list of issues—“healthcare,” “taxes,” “securing our border” (I note you mention only one of them!), etc.—asking respondents to check the boxes of “those most important to you.” I liked especially the burning issue of “airplane noise”!
What could you possibly tell from a list of boxes checked? Would you not like to hear WHY “gun control” is important to me? After all, if I simply check a box, as you request, I could be either for or against it. Or does that not matter? Do you assume that all your respondents agree with you on the issues that you list? How can you tell if they don’t? And how do you determine how many of them wish for you to adopt a different policy? I would have thought this information would be useful to you in representing your constituents. It seems not.
And then… you ask me to provide you with my personal details, presumably so that you can include me on your email and/or snail mail mailing lists. Well, no. You have never bothered to respond to a single one of my personal letters to you (now nearly 250 of them), and I choose not to have your boilerplate and funding requests cluttering my inbox.
Peter Clothier, Ph.D.