Yesterday, I got a weird fund-raising letter from Mr. Jarmin. He knows me so well that he has sent me one of a small number of "Personalized Reply Forms", but he's so respectful he addresses me formally anyway. He knows me so well that he gets my gender wrong. He was praying [I]'d open this letter, but he must've used Microsoft prayer merge...
The letter is weird because it's so vague. Unspecified Washington Insiders are stealing our Social Security Trust Fund. It's weird because it spends more than a whole page flogging its "Personalized Reply Forms". It's weird because its use of capital letters and quotation marks is semi-literate.
So, who is Gary Jarmin?
He's a long-time Moonie! The letter is basically a con. He's seeking money from the credulous and uninformed to do just the opposite from what they are likely to want.
Jarmin's deceptive spin points:
We know that it's Jarmin's cronies in the Bush White House who are actively stealing the trust fund, but wingnut cultists never let a fact get in the way of a scare story.
The Seniors Center has become a powerful voice in Washington. But lately, we've been fighting just to tread water.
And the Washington Insiders never stop figuring out new ways to spend our Social Security Trust Fund.
Please don't let the Washington Insiders get away with stealing the money you and I worked all our lives to earn.
If you and I don't stop them, the Washington Insiders will waste every penny of our Social Security Money on their pork-barrel programs.
My friend, if you and I stop fighting them, the Washington Insiders will bankrupt our Social Security Trust Fund.
And that's a terrifying thought.
On the last page, he's back to his "Personalized Reply Forms" fetish four more times for a total of 21! But then, there's the good news:
[W]ith the number of people who've left us here to fend for ourselves, donations to the Seniors Center have all but dried up.Please don't water the astroturf!
Originally posted on DailyKos.