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ELECTIONS: Not impressed by recorded campaign messages

Letter by Megan Lindholm, Tacoma on Aug. 12, 2010 at 11:11 am | 7 Comments »
August 12, 2010 11:11 am

The phone rings, right at dinner. It’s a recording.

“Hi! This is the Incumbent, calling to recommend that you vote for Handpicked Flunky this election. I’m recording this because I’m so busy, much too busy to talk to a pawn like you. Of course, this technique of having a recording call you lets you know right away that I regard my time as much more important than yours. I don’t have time to talk to you, but I assume you can halt your life and stand here with a phone to your ear and listen to me.

“You can expect more of the same when I’m elected. I’ll use the resources that you pay for, such as the phone you are holding and the phone line you pay for each month, for my own ends. After all, why shouldn’t I use your time, money and resources to promote myself instead of my own? Isn’t that what taxpayers are for?

“And you can expect me and Handpicked Flunky to be just as responsive to your questions and comments as this recording is right now; that is, expect us to do all the talking. You get to pay for it, and do all the listening.

“So, if you’ve enjoyed this experience, just vote for me and Handpicked Flunky come election day! And we promise we’ll deliver it to you.
So long!”

Why am I not impressed?

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