Location : Capitol Hill – An office in the Senate office building
The head of a senator pokes out from behind the door of his inner office.
“Doris, I am meeting with some constituents and I do not want to be disturbed for a bit.”
“Yes sir. They must be important constituents to blow off your committee meeting.”
“It’s an election year, all of my constituents are important.”
“Ooh. Are they lobbyists?”
“No, They’re hypochondriacs.”
“What’s the difference?”
“Both have irrational fears but the hypochondriacs don’t have any money to throw at their problems, only votes.”
“Ok, a half hour without being bothered, got it.”
Closing the door the Senator turned around to find his constituents arranged in front of him like a pair of his old socks bunched up around the ankles.
“So do I understand correctly people that later today I am to bring up your issue on the floor?”
“Yes sir, that is correct,”replied Abe.
“And what would that issue be,” asked the Senator.
“We sent you a power point presentation to bring you up to speed. Did you not get it?”
“Oh , I received it. I just haven’t had time to review it what with the debates and all. “
“But you’re not running,” stated Abe.
“No, but I have been taking notes so I could work the one liners into my weekly cocktail hour,” replied the Senator.
“Oh ok, Well I can summarize. Our issue is with the commercials being produced by Big Pharma theses days. As hypochondriacs it drives many of us to take on the symptoms of the medical issue the drugs are meant to address. “
“Now I remember. Can’t you just realize at the beginning of the commercial you haven’t been diagnosed with the particular medical problem?” asked the Senator.
“Would that we could sir. We’re hypochondriacs. Reason left our life stories some time ago. I would think you would be sympathetic to that.”
“Um, of course I’m sympathetic. I think?”
“With some of those commercials your lucky if you even realize the medical condition they are addressing.”
“Yes, I understand the problem but there are only ,what, ten of you here today?”
“Just a small sample of our group sir. Here is the petition I mentioned in the email. It has 20,000 signatures. All of whom are registered to vote.”
“Oh my, this is a problem. It must be addressed. I would like to lead off with the little blind kid with the white cane but I don’t want to appear I’m manipulating their emotions.
“Oh, he’s not blind. He’s a hypochondriac also.”
“Perfect it will humanize the issue without the exploit factor. Bring him up here.”
“Ok but he want’s to check his prostate first,” replied Doris.
Seeing the the boy kneel down and check his own ankles the Senator replied, “He seems confused.”
“He’s five years old,” replied his mother. “Would you like to show him where his prostate is?”
“No, thats quite alright.” This is a bigger problem than I thought.