Thursday, October 04, 2007

I'm going to save the Republican Congressional Committee $11

The committee is deeply interested in my opinions. Now, there are occasions when I take leave of my senses and fill out a survey. In fact, just yesterday I filled out one sent by the Philadelphia Orchestra and gave them my opinion of undead composers. I only like music by composers who are certifiably dead. If they are not dead, and happen to be present when the orchestra plays one of their boring and pretentious works, they might notice me departing through a fire door. That would be rude of me.

But I digress. It is the National Republican Congressional Committee that is at issue here. They wanted my opinion--my valuable opinion, in their estimation--on such topics as the war on terror, taxes, and social security.

I was about to fill out the survey when I found out from the small print that they wanted a donation. Now I don't donate to political campaigns; I like to give my money to organizations where I assume it will do some good for someone, like the Salvation Army. Anyway, I've learned from bitter experience that for me to give money to a candidate makes him a sure loser. I dare not risk it. If I gave them money, the next Senate would contain 99 Democrats and Joe Lieberman.

The NRCC has an answer to that one: they request that I send them $11 to defray the cost of processing my painstakingly filled-out survey.

So I saved them $11 and threw it in the trash. It was the least I could do for the party.

5 comments:

Richard in NY said...

filled out one sent by the Philadelphia Orchestra and gave them my opinion of undead composers. I only like music by composers who are certifiably dead.

I tend to agree. I'd rather listen to rap music than most of Steve Reich's stuff, but John Adams is actually quite good, and did an outstanding commemorative piece on 9/11 a few years ago.

There are also a few composers who have died in the last 20 years or so, like Aaron Copland, who are all time favorites of mine. I prefer to think of Copland as decomposing rather than dead.

regards,

miriam said...

I like Aaron Copeland too. But he is uncontestably dead.

Richard in NY said...

I know. The "decomposing" was a joke.

The house where he lived for the last 30 years of his life is about a mile down the street from my house. Some of the long term residents met him during his walks around the neighborhood.

http://www.coplandhouse.org/

Nice blog, by the way.

regards,

Tatyana said...

Yeah, penny saved is penny earned!

miriam said...

I got the joke--honest. Thanks for the compliment. I give it my poor best.