• Tax Dollars Spent to Shut You Up

      Health Care SpecterThis summer's town hall meetings made many congressmen and senators uncomfortable. No worries. The sycophants they fund have used your tax money to fund a study that advises politicians how they can avoid seeing you altogether.

      Through the National Science Foundation, taxpayers paid the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) for a study that teaches members of Congress and their staffs about the benefits of town hall meetings held on the Internet.

      Conn Carroll of the Heritage Foundation writes:

      (T)his report urges Congressmen not to actually interact with their constituents, but to avoid them altogether by holding safe townhalls they can completely control...

      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.

      What a great use of your money.

      On your dime, CMF studied 21 online town hall meetings. Questions were typed and submitted via the Web. According to the study, "....offensive questions were screened.”

      No wonder CMF thinks members of Congress will like the idea of Internet town halls. It's tougher to screen the questions of a voter angry about wasteful spending if he's standing 10 feet away.

      Since 2004, CMF has received $160,000 from the National Science Foundation for studies like this one. I’m sure Congress considers this money well spent.

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