The government shutdown has many people angry and grabbing a drink. At drunkdialcongress.org, “you can enter your phone number into the website and an inebriated voice from a 1-800 number will call you back and ask, ‘Is this government shutdown making you want to drink?’ before transferring to Capitol Hill so that you can ‘tell them what’s on your mind and tell them to get back to work," reported ABC News on Oct. 10, 2013.
In response to the government shutdown, drunkdialcongress.org was created by the liberal mobile ad firm Revolution Messaging along with three other liberal and government watchdog groups including Common Cause, The Sunlight Foundation, and RootStrikers.
While there is really no explanation necessary why the website was created, the groups say that the lack of public confidence in the U.S. Congress is lower than it has ever been. If one is to believe Jay Leno’s information on “The Tonight Show” on Thursday night, approval rating of Congress has reached a mere 5 percent.
According to drunkdialcongress.org, “whether you are a furloughed worker, being forced to work for free, or just fed up at Capitol Hill. CALL & YELL AT A RANDOM MEMBER OF CONGRESS.”
And as an additional note, the website provides the following insight: “As Members of Congress quickly returned from their final symbolic, non-effective and otherwise useless votes to avert a government shutdown, the heavy drinking began. Reports of our representatives getting plastered on the government's dime - the one we have left - have come streaming in from witnesses all over Capitol Hill. Now's your chance to tell your Representative what you really think of their actions.”
When talking to Capitol Hill after putting in your phone number at drunkdialcongress.org, a real person is talking on the other end of the line as a CNN video about drunkdialcongress.org shows. While it is unlikely that it is an actual member of Congress (unless he or she should be drunk and needs something useful to do), an intern will most likely be talking to you.
Since the website was inspired by reports of lawmakers drinking even as Congress had yet to reach an agreement on spending, maybe alcohol is the only voice of reason that members of Congress will listen to in order to end the useless government shutdown.