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US Senate & House Create YouTube Channels 199

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the can't-wait-for-them-to-do-something-that-matters dept.
eldavojohn writes "Following an election in which online videos played an important role, the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate have opened YouTube channels (or 'hubs') advertised to be a 'backstage pass to your government.' Ideally this will bring transparency to citizens and inform them of their senators' & representatives' positions and ideas."
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US Senate & House Create YouTube Channels

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  • Re:oh goodie (Score:5, Interesting)

    by betterunixthanunix (980855) on Wednesday January 14, 2009 @12:24PM (#26451387)
    Which is unfortunate but true. Most people do not care about their government.

    Even more unfortunate is that I cannot download these videos, at least not without violating the TOS, and so I cannot store my own copies of those proceedings.
  • Re:oh goodie (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Tdawgless (1000974) on Wednesday January 14, 2009 @12:34PM (#26451641)
    Some people care about parts of our government. CSPAN doesn't get watched because you have to watch all the parts you don't care about just to get to the parts you do care about. At least now, I can search the videos for the stuff I care about. Like legalizing retroactive abortion...
  • Re:oh goodie (Score:3, Interesting)

    by liquidpele (663430) on Wednesday January 14, 2009 @12:48PM (#26451949) Journal
    Oh please!

    Who has time to sit there while not being paid and watch someone else all day doing their job? I sure as hell don't. Not to mention it's boring as all hell about 70% of the time because they'll be going over stuff you don't necessarily care about at every minute of the day.

    A much better way to get people involved, in my opinion, is to have the channels like they have, but then have links during the channels going to the written legislation they are talking about with summaries and notes from the congressmen about why or why not they support it. It would be awesome to see what my state's people thought about legislation that was being discussed.
  • ....in which she rickrolls the taxpaying public [youtube.com] 37 seconds into her Cat Cam video?? (Kudos to TC for posting it...)
  • Re:oh goodie (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 14, 2009 @01:04PM (#26452263)

    What I believe would be a good idea would be a mandatory maximum lifetime for any law. Say 10 years max. After that, if they are not reinstated, they fall away. Problem being is nobody would agree on a lifetime, nor would that want to let any not that important laws go away. Spending too much time keeping up with all the laws etc when it should be getting easier.

  • Re:oh goodie (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Shakrai (717556) on Wednesday January 14, 2009 @01:33PM (#26452759) Journal

    The first improvement would be removing the "Write the tax code by hand" requirement.

    Why? Maybe it would give them an idea of just how ridicious the tax code really is. According to this [usnews.com] the Federal tax code consists of 3.7 million words. By contrast, all seven Harry Potter novels [answers.com] only clock in at around 1.1 million words.

    What's wrong with that picture? It really requires that much complexity to fund the Federal Government?

  • by Doghouse Riley (1072336) on Wednesday January 14, 2009 @02:02PM (#26453253)
    ....enact both of these.

    1. No more withholding. Everyone has to pay their full taxes to the IRS by check or plastic.

    2. Change the tax due date from April 15th to the first Monday in November.
  • Re:oh goodie (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 14, 2009 @02:13PM (#26453443)

    How about forcing them to actually pay attention to the vote? Last time I watched c-span half the people were standing around talking to each other, while the voting was on-going.

    It is like once your vote is placed you are free to hang-out with your friends. They don't even seem to care which way the vote goes.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 14, 2009 @03:11PM (#26454401)

    Yeah ... I saw a link to it in one of the earlier posts and I have to ask two things:

    1) Is anyone else cheesed that she feels this is a useful use of her time to reach the public?

    2) Did they actually get the rights to the song/video, or are they infringing on its copyright?

  • Re:oh goodie (Score:3, Interesting)

    by cayenne8 (626475) on Wednesday January 14, 2009 @03:16PM (#26454495) Homepage Journal
    I hope they put the cameras just outside the doors of the senate/house of reps.

    Wasn't it a few years ago that some lady senator got into a fight with a guard and started hitting him? I think it caused her not to get re-elected.

    Stuff like that would be fun to have on Youtube...

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