I don't know if the following letter is the sentiments expressed. If I didn't know better I'd think that the government was run by total incompetents. But I think what is really going on is that no part of the government ever talks to another part if they can keep from doing it. The letter below describes the results.
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 #*&#%*& address. 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!
Signed - 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 doctor....WHO
WAS BORN AND RAISED IN INDIA ! And you assholes want to run our health