Do You Walk to School? Or Carry Your Lunch?

April 21, 2010 at 10:13 am Leave a comment

When I was young, myy Dad used to like asking my friends that question. And I admit, I’ve used it on my kids and their pals once or twice.

I’m proud to see this same communication style put to use by our elected officials, namely Congressman Gary Miller.  He represents my 42nd district in Southern California.

Perhaps this is the signpost that leads Congressman Miller to work.

“Much has changed in the way we communicate with each other,” says Congressman Gary Miller in a survey he sent out recently. The one thing that has changed, Mr. Miller, is that we used to communicate like this to be funny. You do it now to promote an agenda.

My post here is not about politics. It’s about communication. We communicate more frequently, with increasing volume and with broader reach. And by doing so, our communication can carry far more weight. The Congressman’s photo on this survey mailer shows him smiling; maybe he is trying to be funny.

Here are a few samples of the questions Mr. Miller asked his constituents in this survey. I’m going to try one or two of these on my kids and their friends.

#4. From what you know about the health care reform legislation pending before Congress, would you support or oppose this legislation? (my emphasis)

  • Yes
  • No
  • Unsure

#9. Should Congress require individuals to purchase health care insurance or face a tax penalty?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Unsure

#20. Should captured suspected terrorists be treated as “common criminals” or as military combatants?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Unsure

Mr. Miller, do you really want people to answer these questions? Or do you carry your lunch?


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