I am pleased to know that I have one. Granted, the members of my federal family rarely call or write, and when they do, it is to tell me that I ought to give them money
or else the IRS will come calling out of the goodness of my own heart. Because family members support one another, of course. Additionally, it’s not as though we gather all that often around the banquet table in order to celebrate Thanksgiving, or any other holiday. In fact, when I think about it, I cannot remember any time when we have gotten together for a nice, family meal.
That having been written, I am confident that I will see many members of my federal family next year–not to mention members of my state and city families. Such meetings will take place via television sets, and e-mailed video links, and I will always be made aware of my federal, state, and city families via flyers, bumper stickers, robo-calls, and comments from
campaign officials associated with friends and colleagues of my federal, state, and city families. It should make for a lovely reunion. Some people tell me though that after next year, I won’t see these family members again unless they call or write me once more to tell me that I ought to give them money or else the IRS and other tax authorities will come calling out of the goodness of my own heart. But I am sure that they are just being cynical.