James Lamiell

Many in America feel disconnected with Congress and either know little to nothing about current legislation being proposed or have no knowledge of whether or not their elected congressmen are representing them faithfully or keeping their campaign promises. In September 2009, CBS News polled more than a thousand individuals and found that a staggering two-thirds of the American public were confused over the health care reforms proposed by the Obama administration and Democratic representatives. Between soundbytes on cable news networks and the confusing and lengthy legislative documents that are buried under bureaucratic red tape, can anyone blame the American public for choosing to be ignorant about the important policy debates occurring in this country?

My graduate thesis aims to challenge this disheartening status quo by making it easier for regular citizens, who are not involved in governmental affairs on a daily basis, to digest, discuss and collaborate with others on making the bills, debates and daily proceedings of the US Congress understandable.

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010