Next Week, Pete Sessions Explains Why Giving Facebook Money is Good for You

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While some in Congress have raised concerns about Facebook's privacy policies and others are already grousing about the company driving the "biggest Mack truck ever driven through the stock option loophole" with a $16 billion tax deduction, a pair of local congressmen are liking Facebook very much.

Representatives Pete Sessions and Kenny Marchant, both North Texas Republicans, will stand alongside company representatives on May 25 at a pair of local events "to present seminars to North Texas small business owners on how to leverage the world's largest social network," according to a news release from the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The seminar show attendees how advertise on Facebook, how to engage with customers, and also, how to advertise on Facebook. But you don't just listen to a talking head tell you how to advertise on Facebook; you get $50 in credit to try it yourself.

That's cool. I make a point to ignore the ads on the side of my Facebook page, but I would much rather ignore small, local businesses than large evil corporations. But wait: Why is the guy who represents me in Congress all of a sudden shilling for a company that makes money off my personal information? (Even now, I'm sure the algorithm is poring over my old, now-deleted college photos and finding the right brand of malt liquor to sell me.)

Torrie Miller, Session's spokesperson, said the congressman attends job fairs and the like all the time. He's in favor of jobs, you know, and business. She's not sure exactly how the liaison with Facebook came about.

"I'm pretty sure it's the Chamber we're partnering with, and it just happens to be a Facebook initiative," she said.

Maybe. It seems more likely that Mark Zuckerberg realized that, holy shit, his company is going to be valued at oh, 107 times what it makes. That means Facebook needs to sell more ads, and who's better at shoving things that people hate down their throats? How else do they keep getting reelected?

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925fm
925fm

Gooder than MySpace!!!

Guesty
Guesty

Mark Zuckerberg is Marvin the Martian disguised as an Earthling, becomes a billionaire at age 25 and now has the President and other politicians eating out of his hand.  His plan to enslave humanity starts with corralling everyone to facebook. 

Rob Lew
Rob Lew

how about Pete's Saturday morning campaign townhall do nothing worthless get together of people who are only going to vote for him because he is unopposed anyway?  looks like a smaller turnout than Obama famous opening campaign event at an empty ballpark!

Rob Lew
Rob Lew

YEAH, PETE BACKED THE BANK BAILOUT TOO....PETE IS GETTING PRETTY MUCH BOUGHT AND PAID FOR.   HE NEEDS TO JUST STICK TO RECOGNIZING EAGLE SCOUTS, SPEAKING AT DOWNS SYNDROME GALAS, AND HOLDING TOWN HALLS WITH NO ACTION FROM THEM.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Has Pete ever satisfactorily accounted for his whereabouts while Craig James was rumored to be killing five hookers during his SMU days? Just connect the dots. Or not.

Mavdog
Mavdog

oh yeah, Pete and Kenny just know that appearing at an event with Facebook will endear them with all those 20 something voters and get those young-uns motivated to go vote for them come November. It will show that they are really tuned in to this "social media" stuff they have been reading about.

or not.

my bet is on the not...

Rob Lew
Rob Lew

 PETE HAS NO APPEAL TO THE 20 SOMETHING CROWD UNLESS THEY WANT TO REPLACE THEIR CURRENT DADDY FIGURE.

Oh Great
Oh Great

It looks like its going to be the Facepublicans versus the Googlecrats.

Coming to an election near you.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I finally figured out how to delete myfacespace account. Not just turn it off, but get rid of it. Not easy. But worth it.

How many Unfair Park idjits ran out to plunk down money to buy it? Wanna buy some tulips?

jfpo
jfpo

Tulip bubble, tech bubble, housing bubble...we never learn, do we?

Montemalone
Montemalone

 I do like Double Bubble.

That Bazooka Joe is a hoot!

Jay
Jay

No thanks for the tulips, I'm putting my spare change in some really tasty credit default swaps......

jfpo
jfpo

Essentially the same thing.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Romney's economic guru thinks Facebook is a great business.  He sees no difference between twitter and GM.  He's an idiot.  Just because the market thinks this business is worth billions, try getting that off of it in bankruptcy, how many people do they employ? That's the kind of production you get with low tax rates. Raise the tax rates we'll incentivize capital intensive production. Just look at how GE and GM turned all financial after Reagan.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Stay tuned for their seminars in 2015 when they realize Twitter is a big thing too!

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