Participatory democracy was a swell idea; wonder what happened to it. A poll finds that 60% of Congress members aren't even holding town halls this summer - and many of those that are have a distinctly Stalinist ring to them. Ohio's GOP Rep. Steve Chabot took only pre-screened questions, banned cameras "for security purposes," and boasted the spectacle of beefy guys w/earpieces confiscating the cameras of constitutents who were foolish enough to cite their Constitutional rights. Happily, rowdy protesters turned up outside anyway asking the GOP to tax Wall Street and find jobs not cuts.
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