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Posted: 11/3/2009 8:02:37 AM EST

They love us.

This Friday, the tax payer funded Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) is hosting a briefing for Members of Congress and their staff on their new study: Online Town Hall Meetings: Exploring Democracy in the 21st Century. The CMF study consisted of 21 townhall meetings where Members of Congress and CMF provided a moderator: "spoke via voice over IP, and constituents asked questions and made comments by typing them. Only off-topic, redundant, unintelligible, or offensive questions were screened, and only questions asked by people who had not yet asked a question were prioritized."

CMF does not say what qualifies as offensive, but if this summer is any indication that definition would include anything that the Congressman did not want to talk about. In other words, this report urges Congressmen not to actually interact with their constituents, but to avoid them altogether by holding safe townhalls they can completely control. And what did CMF find where the results of these Potemkin townhalls?

The online town halls increased constituents’ approval of the Member. Every Member involved experienced an increase in approval by the constituents who participated. The average net approval rating (approve minus disapprove) jumped from +29 before the session to +47 after. There were also similar increases in trust and perceptions of personal qualities – such as whether they were compassionate, hardworking, accessible, etc. – of the Member.
The lesson: avoid your constituents’ inconvenient questions and your approval ratings will rise. And this is a taxpayer funded study. Here is the grant from the National Science Foundation.

Congress is actually using your tax dollars to pay social scientists to find ways they can avoid actually talking to their constituents while improving their chances of reelection.


Link Posted: 11/3/2009 8:03:55 AM EST
Nothing surprise me anymore
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 8:11:43 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 8:16:23 AM EST
I thought for sure when I read the title this was the Onion.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 8:25:05 AM EST
Thus they travel the road of not actually representing thier constituents, openly.

1776 pt II may be coming afterall.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:12:03 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:14:44 AM EST

Originally Posted By PantherArms762:
I thought for sure when I read the title this was the Onion.

Me, too.

I swear, every day I see one more thing that sickens me (legit things).

This is todays.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:14:55 AM EST

Originally Posted By jmb_nova:

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Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:20:04 AM EST
If I said what I am thinking right now I would be in trouble. Bag of Dicks, that is all I am saying.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:23:01 AM EST

Originally Posted By jmb_nova:

There is, every 4 years. Problem is, people don't give a fuck.

Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:50:40 AM EST
tar and feathers...
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:51:14 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/3/2009 10:52:07 AM EST by ScrapHeap]
"The voter fraud will be up, so will the anger."

John Wall Mustache, leaning against a long chair.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:54:06 AM EST

Dirty proles!
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:03:20 AM EST
I just sent this to everyone that I know. Also sent it to both of my senators and my representative and asked for their immediate responses.

Just utter bullshit
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:04:41 AM EST
Ask anything you like. Just be sure not to ask anything that would portray us in a negative light...

Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:14:21 AM EST
Originally Posted By Mal_means_bad:
Ask anything you like. Just be sure not to ask anything that would portray us in a negative light...


I need more tinfoil
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