In Brief

Monitoring social media is good for elected officials

I hope the backlash against Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for his outrageous and constitutionally-questionable response to a negative tweet sent by a high school student does not have a negative impact on public support for elected officials’ offices monitoring Twitter and other social media. It’s an important component to keeping in touch with constituents and is a Good Thing. (It also requires thicker skin than Brownback apparently has.)

In Brief Politics

Doing the people’s work

In further proof that we truly have the best government money can buy (and that our elected officials, regardless of party affiliation, are completely out of touch with mainstream America), President Bush and Congress have quietly enlarged government again with the passage of the PRO-IP Act, signed into law Monday by Bush. PRO-IP’s big deal, besides increased punishments against copyright offenders, is that there’s now a Cabinet-level copyright czar. Seriously? In an age of unprecedented economic crisis, this seems like a completely irresponsible and unnecessary expansion of government power in an area that, quite frankly, needs to be regulated more by the free market instead of Big Brother. We have far bigger problems in America to deal with at the moment (even though I’m pretty sure that if you asked the RIAA, illegal downloading caused the housing market to collapse).