I usually avoid posts on US politics, it’s far too depressing, I’d much rather blog about cheerier subjects like the Opium War and the Great Leap Forward…but this article from Mother Jones on push polling and the GOP was just too fascinating to pass up.
“It starts with one of those cheery robo-voices asking if you’ll participate in a 45-second survey. If you don’t slam the phone down at that point, you’ll soon get to a question like this one: ‘In America when a person dies, the IRS can take up to 55 percent of the inheritance left for family and friends. Do you want Congress to permanently eliminate this unfair tax?’ Next, you’ll be told that the Democrat running for Congress in your district “voted to keep the death tax in place and refused to vote to make permanent the tax cuts that have caused record economic growth in 2001.”
Claiming to reach more people than television, radio, and print combined in a single day, Gabriel Joseph III’s FreeEats Advertising can lay claim to such high water marks of political discourse as the anti-Kerry swiftboat campaign. His automated calling banks are in high gear for this campaign season on such issues as gay marriage and the above mentioned death tax. And I thought that the CCP was in love with their propaganda machine…they’re babes in arms compared to this guy.
Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.