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A Virtual Congress?

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) wants to create a "virtual Congress," where lawmakers would leverage videoconferencing and other remote work technology to conduct their daily duties in Washington from their home districts.

Read more here: http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/289947-r...

I think this is a fantastic idea. It could even be used to decrease each congressman's office budget.

What does everyone else think?

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I would be wary of this. Next

I would be wary of this. Next thing you know, they will be sitting in their underwear with a business shirt on watching sports on a screen behind the camera. Its bad enough many of them dont bother reading what they vote on, lets not make it easier.
I would be all for saving costs and using tech if these people could be counted on to be responsible.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Perhaps Even More Dangerous To Our Freedoms

All the recent garbage about cyber-terrorism and cispa comes to mind; How cyber terrorism is a threat and just imagine if congress convened online. Then they would have a really big excuse to crack down on the net as it would impede Government operations. There is also the scenarios of someone listening in on the conference....like enemies of the state or invented enemies of the state; you decide.

Then there is somewhat of a positive thing to say about the pressure the congress feels by being in amongst their peers. think of how nasty people on the internet can be simply because they are not in the same room as one-another.

And my last case against this; let us suppose that our constitutional friends in congress ( of what little amount they consist of) suddenly have problems conferencing online because of *cough cough* "technical difficulties". So then something nasty gets passed without their input.

Here is a bonus one: Perhaps congressmen are held hostage but you can't see it on the conferencing video and they are forced to vote a certain way. Perhaps congressmen are already threatened with various punishment already, but at least we can see them on c-span and they are in no immediate danger.

I Honestly think I want my congressmen physically showing up to work for the reasons stated above.

If that's the case then get

If that's the case then get rid of them all together.
We can represent ourselves using the internet.It may not be perfect but it would be better than what we got.Gerald Celente always says this"let the people vote".I doubt they would ever let it happen though.

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That would be the next step


He's the man.