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  Facebook the Nation: [Michigan St. Rep.] Justin Amash shows Republicans how to use Facebook
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Last EditedImperator  Sep 04, 2010 08:58am
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AuthorBrian Bolduc
News DateSaturday, September 4, 2010 02:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionA politician’s post on Facebook is often a lazy attempt at propaganda. Take an entry by Pat Miles, a Democrat running in Michigan’s 3rd congressional district. “You can watch Pat in last night’s Democratic Primary Debate tonight at 9:30 pm on WGVU,” it reads — indicating that Pat doesn’t write his own material.

Compare that to a post by Miles’s Republican opponent, Justin Amash: “[I] just voted no on HB 4627, which adds multiple unnecessary regulations to the sale of annuities in Michigan. . . . The legislation makes the seller responsible for all of the decisions of the prospective buyer. We voted on many bad bills today, but none worse than this one. It passed 97-7.”

It is, as Reason’s Katherine Mangu-Ward wrote, a “strangely beautiful sight.”


Amash votes against any bill he hasn’t read. Although a bill must be introduced five days before a vote, thousands are offered, so he reads only those put on the agenda by the legislative leadership. Sometimes, however, the leadership brings a bill not on the agenda to the floor. If Amash doesn’t have time to read it, he votes no.
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