Obama drops Twitter bombs on debt-ceiling foes
'Call. Email. Tweet. —BO'
The US debt-ceiling legislative dogfight ratcheted up a notch on Friday morning when President Obama's campaign staff launched a Twitter-bombing run on US legislators.
Shortly after Obama made a short statement in which he urged Americans to "make a phone call, send an email, tweet; keep the pressure on Washington," @BarackObama, an account run by the #Obama2012 campaign staff, began to tweet the Twitter handles of Republican senators and representatives, asking the account's 9,405,391 followers to tell those targets to accept a "bipartisan compromise".
We're decades away from the mailbag-dumping scene in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Obama's staff appear to be walking a fine line between the healthy encouragement of citizen participation and outright spam-mongering. What's more, the Twitter bombing may backfire on the campaign if on-the-fence GOPers move to the right in angry response to the deluge of unwanted missives.
We have serious doubts that a tweet to @michelebachmann will do much good
That said, we're witnessing yet another example of how Biz Stone, Evan Williams, and their crew have changed political activism, from the Arab Spring to the long, hot, excruiciatingly infuriating summer of Washington warfare. ®
taxed too much?
Come over to the Netherlands, or most European countries. We seem to pay rather more.
Yes, those "lazy people" are such a burden. You know the elderly that receive Social Security? Which by the way accounts for more of the budget than all of the other income security provisions combined. Oh and by the way if you look at the data you'll see those provisions are already on a downward trend.
Here's your U.S. income tax rate data since 1913. Good thing you weren't in the workforce in the early 80's huh!
If it's any consolation, I do agree that the multiple wars are a disaster and that income from corporate taxes is pitifully low.
Voters asked for gridlock and got it, how nice. Want some cake?
Now if only there was a way to stop the Fed from doing something stupid like shooting the QE3 bullet. We've already run out of feet and smarter nations like Cambodia are pushing the dollar aside. The debt ceiling won't matter much when folks start saying things like, "Sure we can float you some cash but only if you pay us back in Yen".
Better grab some pretzels and a beer quick; the fun's about to start.