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Why not try results over attacks?

Published 12:00am Sunday, August 5, 2012

What would happen if politicians decided to attack the problems facing our country as vigorously as they do their opponents? How would things be if they — somewhat literally — put their money where their mouths are?

I have to think it would be a better world to live in.

Political season is just starting to heat up but candidates from both parties, in big races and small, are spending truckloads of money on political advertising that is often far more about attacking the opponent than explaining what an individual brings to the table.

If just one major politician — someone running for U.S. Senate, House of Representatives or, God forbid, even the presidential seat — would take a bold step it could be the start of a systematic change in how campaigns are operated.

Instead of running political ads I would like to see the candidate use those thousands, and in many cases millions of dollars, to make a difference in the communities of their potential constituents.

They wouldn’t need to advertise because the word-of-mouth and free publicity would be way more far-reaching than any television ad spouting off about someone’s voting record that could be interpreted a variety of ways or how awful someone else is.

With the November election still about three months away, the presidential candidates, the PACs and other interest groups have already spent just short of $270 million in advertising as of Aug. 1, according to the Washington Post.

That is just the presidential race. Add in all the other political races and the spending would be even more sickening.

How many hungry children could we feed with even a portion of that $270 million? How many sick people could we provide with potential life-saving medicine? How many communities could be helped with projects that improve the quality of life there?

This approach would be replacing a negative system with a positive one. Guess what, a whopping 74 percent of the advertisements are negative attack ads.

We lament the negativity in our communities, but what do we expect? That is the message being sent by our leaders and our entire political culture.

Obama has spent $77.9 million, with more than $46 million of that going toward negative advertising messages. Mitt Romney is no better, spending less money but a higher percentage, with $32 million of the $47 million spent going to attack the president.

Maybe I am naive, but if even one major politician would have the guts to lead by example, I think we could change the approach.

In the end, all that most politicians care about is getting — and staying — elected. If they can make a positive impact on the way to office it might help make up for the fact that most fail to do much once they get there.

 

Michael Caldwell is publisher of The Tribune. To reach him, call (740) 532-1445 ext. 24 or by e-mail at mike.caldwell@irontontribune.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCaldwell_IT.

  • indieVoter

    So what he’s saying is that Obama created 3,354,000 jobs in LESS THAN 3 years. OK!!

    I took the number from the same column where you get the universally accepted numbers for Clinton and Reagan quoted all the time, even in presidential debates.

    But, Noesis, if you want to quibble over it that’s ok.

    It is MORE than fine with me if the 3,354,000 jobs were created from September 2009…9 months after inauguration and 6 month after the American Recovery Act was signed.

    So we got the 3,354,000 jobs. Noesis doesn’t dispute that. We just got them in even less time if he’s right.

    You see, he won’t give Obama credit for creating those jobs.

    Further, he acts like we should have seen those results immediately…even before Obama had the chance to sign the Recovery Act into law.

    He’s clearly putting his party first…not America.

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    • indieVoter

      And using the same logic and fairness he uses with Obama, Neosis admits I’m right since he hasn’t already provided a complete rebuttal.

      If its fair for him to expect Obama to deliver results instantly, I expect the same from Neosis. So, Neosis, by your own standards…you lose.

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  • Noesis

    From Wikipedia:

    Bush’s last 4 years = we lost 4,506,000 jobs
    Obama’s first 3 years = we gained 3,354,000 jobs
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    What Indie isn’t telling you…

    Wikipedia has two columns…

    One that ends at January when the President takes over…

    And the other one which covers the fiscal year… which ends in September, 9 months AFTER the new President takes over…

    So, even though the stimulus was approved in February 2009, and jobs continued hemorrhaging the rest of the year, Indie doesn’t think that failed attempt should count. If it had worked, she would would be claiming jobs from the day it was enacted.

    So when Indie talks about jobs created, she’s not really talking about when Obama took office, she’s talking about fiscal years.

    Otherwise if she just looked at when they took office, Obama lost millions of jobs…

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  • bigkahuna

    Broken record click click click click.

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  • indieVoter

    You just sit there and spin all day long, huh?

    Folks, they like to fool you with the % if they can.

    Can you break down all the ins and outs about how the unemployment rate works?

    The actual job numbers are the most straightforward way for you and I to see what’s going on with the economy .

    From Wikipedia:

    Bush’s last 4 years = we lost 4,506,000 jobs
    Obama’s first 3 years = we gained 3,354,000 jobs

    Some here just want to hide the truth from you….like when they post something from onion news and don’t disclose the source.

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  • Noesis

    Indie:Obama’s first 3 years = we gained 3,354,000 jobs

    And yet… when Obambi took office, the unemployment rate was what, 7.5%… you add 3.3 million jobs and the unemployment rate goes up to 8.3%?

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  • Noesis

    Indie: Romney Murdered JonBenét Ramsey,’ New Obama Campaign Ad Alleges —- From Onion News Network…a comedy outfit
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    Romney is possibly a felon, didn’t pay taxes for 10 years, outsourced jobs, and gave a lady cancer! —- From Obambi News Network…a comedy outfit

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  • indieVoter

    Bush’s last 4 years = we lost 4,506,000 jobs
    Obama’s first 3 years = we gained 3,354,000 jobs

    Enough said. Let ‘em spin.

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  • mikehaney

    It’s not racist hatred to attack Obama. It’s pure out and out fear of what kind of country our grandchidren will have to grow up in, and it’s like an uncontrollable fire that is consuming our home.

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  • Solange Robillard

    I’m not going to read further than the comment in which IndieVoter postulates that anyone who votes against President Obama is a racist, because I am too busy laughing.

    If that comforts you when you put your head on your pillow at night, more power to you and your clear moral superiority to us bigoted rubes.

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    • indieVoter

      Read more closely. It has nothing to do with which way you’re voting. It’s about deciding before day ONE not to give the guy a chance. Then it’s about deciding not to give him due credit for any successes. Also, if you self-associated with that comment, it’s not because it was directed at you…because it was not.

      And if it’s not racism, what is it? Stupidity?? Putting a political party above all else and rooting against America ???

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  • Noesis

    In line with the liberals total disregard with any facts in the messages they are putting out (Romney outsourced jobs, didn’t pay taxes, is a felon, caused a former steelworker’s wifes death, is raising taxes on the middle class), the Onion has a preview of Obama’s next ad:

    ‘Romney Murdered JonBenét Ramsey,’ New Obama Campaign Ad Alleges

    CHICAGO—With campaign rhetoric becoming increasingly heated and both presidential nominees releasing more attack ads, a new 30-second spot from the Obama campaign this week accuses his opponent Mitt Romney of committing the 1996 murder of 6-year-old beauty pageant queen JonBenét Ramsey.

    Titled “He Did It,” the advertisement asks if anyone can truly remember where Romney was the night of the child’s murder, and whether the U.S. populace wants a president capable of strangling a little girl and dumping her body in her parents’ basement.

    President Obama appears at the end of the advertisement to approve the message.

    “I think this is a fair ad, and I think Mitt Romney owes an explanation to the American people as to why he murdered JonBenét Ramsey,” said Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, who called the commercial’s black-and-white reenactment of Mitt Romney carrying a kicking and screaming child to her death “accurate.” “Ultimately, voters need to know who they’re getting with Mitt Romney: a job- and child-killing businessman who is so deceitful he won’t release his tax returns or admit to a senseless murder that shook the nation to its core.”

    Scheduled to run in multiple swing states, with significant airtime in Ramsey’s home state of Colorado, the ad criticizes Romney not just for killing the prepubescent girl, but for going to extreme lengths to cover it up. It also states that Mitt Romney paid former school teacher John Mark Karr to falsely come forward as the murderer, and accuses the former Massachusetts governor of being a sex offender…

    Other ads under consideration:

    Romney dropped atomic bomb on Japan

    Romney had CIA hook African Americans on crack cocaine

    Romney’s Bain capital owned biotech lab that created and released HIV virus.

    Romney was responsible for the Fukushima nuclear disaster

    And my favorite:

    Romney’s Bain Capital secretly owned Halliburton and it was Romney that directed Bush to invade Iraq so he could make a profit. (I wonder how long it will take for this rumor to become fact in liberal basements?)

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    • Noesis

      Whoops, looked like I missed one:

      “Mitt Romney Started Bain Capital with Money from Families Tied to Death Squads.”

      So reads an inflammatory headline from the Huffington Post. The story, which is making its rounds on the left, uses innuendo — a standard feature of attacks against Romney — to suggest that the extended families of some Central American investors in Bain Capital’s launch were involved in killing civilians.

      What Puffingtonpost doesn’t mention… the same families involved have met with the Obama administration…

      Wow… this takes me back to the days when Palin was burning books, forcing women to pay for their own rape kits, Palin was leading an armed revolution against the United States, she was shooting people from helicopters…

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    • indieVoter

      Romney Murdered JonBenét Ramsey,’ New Obama Campaign Ad Alleges —- From Onion News Network…a comedy outfit

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  • Noesis

    Indie: These people never mocked and ridiculed a President of the United States like they do with Barack Obama…
    ————

    What type of meds are you on Indie Bush was constantly mocked, hated, called names and ridiculed by the left:

    Obama’s intent to remake American politics got a jolt of reality yesterday when thousands of his supporters booed and mocked George Bush as he stepped on to the platform:

    The crowd packed on the west side of the Capitol grounds serenaded President Bush in mocking fashion when he took to the inaugural stage alongside Vice President Dick Cheney.

    “Nah nah nah nah, hey hey, good-bye,” a section of the crowd chanted.

    The crowd packed immediately below the podium received Bush in stony silence when he took his seat on the stage surrounding the podium where Barack Obama was scheduled to take the oath office to become the 44th president of the United States.

    The jeers are among the final public feedback Bush will receive as president.

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    How to Make Fun of George W. Bush
    X eHow Culture & Society Editor This article was created by a professional writer and edited by experienced copy editors, both qualified members of the Demand Media Studios community. All articles go through an editorial process that includes subject matter guidelines, plagiarism review, fact-checking, and other steps in an effort to provide reliable information.

    By an eHow Contributor

    As the most prominent American citizen, the President of the United States is always a common source for humor. However, few Presidents have had more jokes told about him than George W. Bush. Jokes about President Bush may not be appreciated by his political supporters, but his opponents are sure to enjoy any attempt to lampoon him.
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    binscorner*com/pages/d/death-threats-against-bush-at-protests-i*html

    Liberal signs at protests:

    A protester with a sign saying “Kill Bush” and advocating that the White House be bombed, at the March 18, 2007 anti-war rally in San Francisco.

    “Save Mother Earth, Kill Bush” says this sign from a November 20, 2003 protest.

    A recommendation that Bush should hang, from an October 27, 2007 protest in Los Angeles.

    “Bush is the disease, Death is the cure,” says this protester at an anti-war rally in San Francisco.

    “I’m here to kill Bush (shoot me)” reads this protest sign.

    Two different pictures of the same sign saying “Bush — the only dope worth shooting,” at the March 15, 2008 anti-war rally in Los Angeles.

    A sign showing Bush being shot in the head, at the March 15, 2008 anti-war rally in Los Angeles.

    Remember the guy in our first picture? Here he is again, with another explicit death threat against the president, this time calling for “Death to…Bush” at the October 27, 2007 anti-war rally in San Francisco.

    A protester with a sign showing Bush being beheaded.

    Bush being beheaded by a guillotine, at an Obama campaign rally, Denver, October 26, 2008

    A sign saying “SMITE BUSH” at the June 5, 2004 anti-war rally in San Francisco

    Protesters call for Bush to be beheaded with a guillotine, at a protest against Bush’s second inauguration, January 20, 2005, in New York.

    An effigy of Bush being killed, at the April 10, 2004 anti-war rally in San Francisco.

    Bush being burned in effigy, at a November 3, 2004 post-election anti-Bush rally in San Francisco.

    Woman holding a puppet of Bush being hung by the neck, from a March 17, 2007 protest in Hollywood, California.

    A sign implying Bush should be killed for being a war profiteer. From an October 27, 2007 protest in Los Angeles.

    Bumper sticker implying that Bush should be hanged.

    Maher : You could have went to New Hampshire and killed two birds with one stone.

    Kerry : Or, I could have gone to 1600 Pennsylvania and killed the real bird with one stone .

    On July 11, 2007, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Betty Williams gave the keynote speech to the International Women’s Peace Conference in Dallas, Texas, and said (to laughter and applause from the audience):

    “I mean right now, I could kill George Bush , no problem. No, I don’t mean that. I mean — how could you nonviolently kill somebody? I would love to be able to do that .”

    “I have a very hard time with this word ‘non-violence,’ because I don’t believe that I am non-violent…. Right now, I would love to kill George Bush …. I don’t know how I ever got a Nobel Peace Prize, because when I see children die the anger in me is just beyond belief.”

    On August 4, 2000, when Bush won the Republican nomination (but before he was president), Craig Kilborn on CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn ran a graphic of the words “ SNIPERS WANTED ” under George Bush as he gave his acceptance speech.
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    So Indie, when you say that you have never seen so much hatred for a president, you are totally clueless…

    But, what else is new?

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  • indieVoter

    You know, sometimes you see a hate from the right that’s far more than just disagreeing with someone’s policies. In fact, you see it a lot these days. Of course, the instant you call the culprits on it they throw their hands up in outrage as they cry “Not me! Not me!” and preach about how their motives are pure…nothing more than ideology.

    Well, I’m sorry but I’m gonna call it as I see it.

    These people never mocked and ridiculed a President of the United States like they do with Barack Obama…who, yes, just happens to be America’s first black president.

    I mean, they even have two different streams of hate running at the same time now. In one, Obama is responsible for everything and…according to them…he failed on every single possible opportunity. In their alternative hate-track they have Obama not actually calling any of the shots now. How ridiculous!

    Oh, sure, there’s no racial bias in the claim that our first black president is a puppet on the strings acting at the behest of a puppet master who hides behind the curtain.

    Yeah, history is going to remember how these people handled this historic time…with no class.

    And when one of these guys give their inevitable reply about how a “crazy left winger” seeing a “totally justifiable criticism” and calling it racism.

    I’m sorry but your criticism is not justifiable. It completely lacks any sense at all. Due to your obvious bias you are absolutely BLIND to the good qualities AND accomplishments of President Barack Obama.

    Then again, anytime you see people who can’t muster even ONE true compliment you know the deal. They’re just playing games. As you know they hate to even give Obama any credit for Bin Laden being brought to justice, ending the war in Iraq or helping the Big 3 American auto makers to survive.

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  • mikehaney

    Some feel it is “panic” move by the democrats because they know from their own internal polling that Obama is in trouble against Romney this November. I don’t buy that—I mean the “panic” part. The democrats are far to cool and conniving to be in any fear—at least at this point. That may come later, but not yet.

    No, I think the “big guns,” the people pulling the strings, are making a move to prop up their puppet, Obama, because it became clear that leaving him to his own devices in THIS campaign would be disastrous. Obama is so full of himself that he apparently felt safe in allowing his Marxist ideology to shine through—prematurely. (Remember the “You didn’t build that” slip-up?) That could not be allowed. So out from stage left comes the “go-to” guy, Bill Clinton.

    And the teleprompters have been rushed back into service to make darn sure that Obama makes no more of his Marxist declarations like—you guessed it— “You didn’t build that!”

    The really “creative” nonsensical declarations will be assigned to the Vice-President—as if he needed orders to do what he does the moment his lips begin to move.

    With his Central Casting used car salesman appearance and presentation, Biden is seen as a joke by everyone except the Democratic Party’s “true believers,” anyway. But somebody has to shovel the manure and Joe does wonderfully at that job, for which, he seems uniquely equipped.

    As the campaign moves along it is becoming painfully clear that Obama is NOT his own man but is answering to the pressure on his strings from the person, or persons, behind the curtain.

    But WHO, exactly, are they?
    J.D.Longstreet
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    As I’ve said before, Obambi is not calling the shots.

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  • indieVoter

    ‘Why not try results over attacks?”

    I’ll let someone else handle the attacks for now while I go with more results.

    Since coming into office on January 21, 2009, President Barack Obama has:

    - Launched a $15 billion plan to boost lending to small businesses

    - Allocated special funding to the Labor Department to provide green job training to veterans

    - Allocated funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police or firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession

    - Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers

    - Announced the “Making Home Affordable” home refinancing plan

    - Signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures, providing $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and helping to stabilize the housing market for everybody

    - Provided tax credits to first-time home buyers through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 to revitalize the U.S. housing market

    - Provided attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles

    - Purchased fuel efficient American-made fleet of vehicles for the federal government

    – Increased funding for student loans and pell grants for 2010 students

    - Invested heavily in education both as a way to provide jobs now and lay the foundation for long-term prosperity

    - Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect

    - Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America’s Veterans

    - Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs the largest spending increase in 30 years to improve medical facilities and national cemeteries, and to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and extended care facilities:

    - Signed the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act on February 4, 2009, which provides quality health care to 11 million kids – 4 million who were previously uninsured

    – Issued a Presidential Memorandum to the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances, like dishwashers and refrigerators. Through this step, over the next three decades, we’ll save twice the amount of energy produced by all the coal-fired power plants in America in any given year

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  • Noesis

    Mick: We all can pick out selective incidents to support our way of thinking. This is referred to as being narrow minded.
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    Is that the excuse you are going with to justify democratic voter fraud Mick?

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    • indieVoter

      It’s uncanny how often there’s no rhyme or reason at all to the comments you and some of your friends make. Your reply made no sense.

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      • mikehaney

        indie’s comments make sense because “he” thinks they do.

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  • mikehaney

    Mick–mikehaney; I find your anti-union comments entertaining, not worthy of serious consideration
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    I don’t like Obama’s actions either, so I’m also a racist?

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    • indieVoter

      It’s uncanny how often there’s no rhyme or reason at all to the comments you and some of your friends make. Your reply made no sense either.

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      • mikehaney

        indie–think really, really hard,but don’t hurt yourself.

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  • mikehaney

    Have an idea. Every time someone calls another commenter a name, you must put ten dollars in a jar and deliver the contents to your favorite charity the following week. :)

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  • mickakers

    Noesis; I was saying, you have been drinking too much tea and your overall perception has been affected. We all can pick out selective incidents to support our way of thinking. This is referred to as being narrow minded.

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  • mickakers

    Noesis; Your comment “No Mick, not the dead vote, illegal aliens vote and other typical democratic voter fraud.” Is this typical of the Republican intelligence or have you been drinking too much Tea?

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    • Noesis

      No Mick just reading about democratic voter fraud:

      [A]n NAACP executive sits in prison, sentenced for carrying out a massive voter fraud scheme.

      In … April a Tunica County, Miss., jury convicted NAACP official Lessadolla Sowers on 10 counts of fraudulently casting absentee ballots.
      ——
      Two elections supervisors are taking action after an NBC2 investigation uncovers flawed record keeping and human error allowing people who are not citizens of the United States to vote.

      No one knows how widespread this problem is, because county election supervisors have no way to track non-citizens who live here.

      So NBC2 did something election officials never thought to do, and found them on our own.

      “I vote every year,” Hinako Dennett told NBC2.

      The Cape Coral resident is not a US citizen, yet she’s registered to vote.

      NBC2 found Dennett after reviewing her jury excusal form. She told the Clerk of Court she couldn’t serve as a juror because she wasn’t a U.S. citizen.

      We found her name, and nearly a hundred others like her, in the database of Florida registered voters.

      Naples resident Yvonne Wigglesworth is also a not a citizen, but is registered to vote. She claims she doesn’t know how she got registered.

      “I have no idea. I mean, how am I supposed to know.”

      Records show Wigglesworth voted six times in elections dating back eleven years.
      —-

      Now you were saying Mick?

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  • Noesis

    Mick: Mike; As a PS: All votes count and are important in a Democratic society.
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    No Mick, not the dead vote, illegal aliens vote and other typical democratic voter fraud.

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  • Noesis

    mikehaney; I find your anti-union comments truthful, worthy of serious consideration.

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  • mickakers

    Mike; As a PS: All votes count and are important in a Democratic society.

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  • mickakers

    mikehaney; I find your anti-union comments entertaining, not worthy of serious consideration.

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  • mikehaney

    11 billion in union dues paid every year,no choice.
    1.1 billion of above spent on electing your local crook.
    Obama loves the unions.
    Sad part is thru forced union dues going towards political campaigns, the single union members vote is worth zero.
    Same reason I refused to join a PAC thru my employer. At least it never got to the point of being mandatory to keep my job.

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  • Noesis

    Steel worker’s wife who died of cancer had her own health insurance: The deception behind the shocking Obama campaign ad that blames Romney for woman’s death

    The most brutal political ad of the 2012 election has blown up in the Obama campaign’s face after blatant deceptions were revealed in the story of a woman who died of cancer following the closure of a steel mill owned by Mitt Romney’s venture capital firm.

    Joe Soptic links the loss of his job and health benefits at a plant in Kansas City, Missouri, to his wife Ilyona succumbing to stage four cancer in the new commercial titled ‘Understands.’ He says Romney doesn’t know what his private equity firm did to workers, ‘and further, I don’t think he’s concerned.’

    However, it has come to light that Mrs Soptic had her own health insurance from her employer for years after her husband was laid off.

    Furthermore, the plant closed in 2001 — when Romney was no longer involved in the daily operation of the company — and Mrs Soptic died five years later in 2006.

    Even nonpartisan observers are shocked at the half-truths and omissions in the ad, though the Obama campaign has refused to distance itself from the story.

    CNN says the ad is ‘not accurate.’ The Washington Post’s Fact Checker gave the commercial ‘four Pinoccios,’ the lowest possible truth rating, calling it a ‘whopper’ of a lie.

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  • Noesis

    OMG, you can’t be serious? What you work for Pravda now?

    Launched U.S. Auto industry rescue plan which went on to be a huge success
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    Emails show Obama administration involvement in killing non-union auto pensions
    Matthew Boyle of the Daily Caller reports that internal emails show Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner was “the driving force” behind terminating the pensions of 20,000 non-union retirees from the Delphi auto parts manufacturing company, as part of the government’s bailout plan for General Motors. Union workers, on the other hand, “saw their pensions topped off and made whole.”

    Protected 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors through the Recovery Act that would have otherwise been lost
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    Except when the stimulus founds ran out, they lost their jobs anyway…

    Extended unemployment benefits for 2,000,000 unemployed Americans by 20 weeks. At the time the bill was signed 7,000 unemployed Americans were losing their unemployment benefits each day
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    And yet the benefits have still ran out since Obambi failed at reviving the economy

    Just a few of Obambi’s “accomplishments”

    And all Romney has to do during the debate… Is bring up Obama’s own quote:

    President Obama said that if he wasn’t able to get the economy shaped up in three years his presidency would be a “one-term proposition.

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  • indieVoter

    I don’t have to defend the indefensible. You do, when you defend the idea that people should vote for Mitt Romney.

    And in the spirit of this article, here are some results you can try instead of all the attacks.

    Since coming into office on January 21, 2009, President Barack Obama has:

    - Signed the Recovery Act (commonly known as the stimulus) into law on February 17, 2009. And as numbers provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis show, between March 2009, the first month stimulus money could affect the jobs numbers, and May 2012, 971,000 non-farm payroll jobs were created. Add to that another 64,000 jobs created in June and 163,000 jobs created in July, 2012.

    - Helped reverse a downward spiral of the stock market. On January 19, 2009, the last day of President Bush’s presidency, the Dow closed at 8,218.22. As of this moment, the Dow 13,185.89

    - Launched U.S. Auto industry rescue plan which went on to be a huge success

    - Protected 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors through the Recovery Act that would have otherwise been lost

    - Extended unemployment benefits for 2,000,000 unemployed Americans by 20 weeks. At the time the bill was signed 7,000 unemployed Americans were losing their unemployment benefits each day

    - Cracked down on companies that deny sick pay, vacation and health insurance to workers by abusing the employee classification of independent contractor. Such companies also avoid paying Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance taxes for those workers

    - Issued an executive order to create the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

    - Signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act which gives the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud, from lending to the financial system, and creates a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial practices that brought us to this point

    - Signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act to protect Americans from unfair and deceptive credit card practices

    And here’s two more Mitt Romney probably didn’t like:
    - Endorsed Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax havens
    - Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals

    There’s a lot more I could add.

    - Ending the war in Iraq
    - Bringing Bin Laden to justice
    and so on…

    But I’m sure Obama will cover the ones I miss here when he debates Romney over the next few months.

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  • Noesis

    Indie, you can’t defend the indefensible. The attack ads were started by democrats with the “Daisy Girl” ad. No amount of spinning will change the fact that you don’t know what you are talking about. That ad was credited with giving Johnson the election.

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    You can tell that Obambi has seen the poll numbers and is in desperation mode. They tried calling Romney a felon, they lie and say he hasn’t paid income taxes for 10 years and once again they stoop to a new low:

    “Today Priorities USA released a new ad that will surely rank among the ugliest and most dishonest in the history of political campaigns. Titled “Understands” the ad features Joe Soptic describing how Mitt Romney is responsible for his wife’s death from lung cancer. It’s Lyndon Johnson’s Daisy ad made more personal and therefore even more vile.”

    It’s funny… Romney leaves Bain Capital in 1999, Bain close the steel mill in 2001 his wife gets cancer and dies in 2006 and yet… It’s Romney’s fault!

    CNN doesn’t agree:

    Update: CNN reviewed the ad this afternoon and found it is “not accurate.” Turns out Soptic’s wife still had her own insurance after he lost his job. She stopped working as a result of an accident:

    In 2001, Joe Soptic loses his job when Bain closes the plant. His wife still has insurance, though, through her employer, Saver’s thrift store. A year later… 2002, or perhaps 2003, Soptic tells CNN, that his wife leaves her job because of an injury. That’s when she became uninsured without fallback insurance from her husband. A few years later, in 2006, she goes to the hospital is diagnosed with cancer and dies just days later.

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  • indieVoter

    Guys, guys, guys. I walk away from my computer for a few hours and I come back to this?

    I’m sorry to kill your big buzz about “catching me” not knowing something but, while that does happen sometimes, this wasn’t one of them.

    While American politics does indeed have a history of personal attacks and dirty tricks, Lee Atwater took it to a whole new level in 1988. I was there, tuned in, and I recall how at the time that campaign was seen as a new low in dirty politics.

    Lee Atwater ran the campaign for Bush I and here’s a brief look at what he did that caused such a stir (courtesy Wikipedia):

    “Atwater’s most noteworthy campaign was the 1988 presidential election, where he served as campaign manager for Republican nominee George H.W. Bush. A particularly aggressive media program included a television advertisement produced by Floyd Brown comparing Bush and Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis on crime. Bush supported the death penalty for first-degree murderers, while Dukakis opposed the death penalty….In reference to Dukakis, Atwater declared that he would “strip the bark off the little bastard” and “make Willie Horton his running mate.”…During the election, a number of allegations were made in the media about Dukakis’ personal life, including the unsubstantiated claim that his wife Kitty had burned an American flag to protest the Vietnam War and that Dukakis had been treated for a mental illness. In the film Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story, Robert Novak reveals for the first time that Atwater personally tried to get him to spread these mental health rumors.”

    So, while politics has always been a dirty game it’s fair to say that Lee Atwater invented the game as it’s played today. You have him to thank for that.

    And now for the good part…

    The difference between Obama and Michael Dukakis is that Obama isn’t going to sit back and take it like a stooge. He’ll fight back and maybe even fight proactively. We all know what comes out of the republican party these days so you can’t even blame him. Either way, it doesn’t really matter what we say about it here anyway. I think Obama can still pull off the win without carrying Lawrence County.

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  • mickakers

    As a second PS: I would have voted for John Adams.

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  • mickakers

    As a PS: May I suggest a read of John Adams, By: David McCullough the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Truman, another excellent read. Both of these books are informative and good reads.

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  • mickakers

    The Election of 1800 between John Adams the incumbent (second president) and Thomas Jefferson was a nasty affair. Today’s “attack ads” can’t even hold a candle to the voracity of this campaign. Thomas Jefferson won! Does this tell us something?

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  • Noesis

    Indie: but the republican side practically invented them under Bush I/Lee Atwater with the Willie Horton ad back in 1988.
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    As usual Indie, you don’t know your history:

    Attack ads:

    Well, the truth about televised attack ads is that they are actually a comparatively recent development in United States politics. Some of the earliest examples in this country only date back to 1952, and even those ads held little weight in the overall campaign. Attacks ads didn’t really rise to any level of prominence until the 1960s, when one ad in particular stood out as one of the most inflammatory (and infamous) in American history. In fact, you might already be familiar with it, even if you don’t know the context: the “Daisy Girl” ad.

    Created in 1964 to support Lyndon Johnson against his opponent Barry Goldwater, the ad depicts a young girl picking flower petals as a distant voice begins counting down. When the countdown hits zero, the camera zooms into the girl’s eye and cuts to a nuclear explosion. Goldwater’s name was never even uttered once, yet the implication was clear: Goldwater’s more aggressive approach to handling the Cold War could escalate into nuclear conflict. And “Daisy Girl” conveyed this message compellingly using shocking imagery and disturbing concepts, which were largely unexplored methods of persuasion in presidential camapigns up to that point. Even though the ad only ran once, it immediately left an impression on the American people and almost certainly helped Johnson secure his victory over Goldwater in the election.

    And what does a chicken have to do with free speech? A lot. When you have democrats using their power to stop a business from getting a permit to build, then yes, free speech is being attacked:

    Boston Mayor Vows To Block Chick-Fil-A From Opening Restaurant After Anti-Gay Remarks
    huffingtonpost*com/2012/07/20/chick-fil-a-gay_n_1689800*html

    A Chicago alderman wants to kill Chick-fil-A’s plans to build a restaurant in his increasingly trendy Northwest Side ward because the fast-food chain’s top executive vocally opposes gay marriage.

    Ald.Proco “Joe” Moreno announced this week that he will block Chick-fil-A’s effort to build its second Chicago store, which would be in the Logan Square neighborhood, following company President Dan Cathy’s remarks last week that he was “guilty as charged” for supporting the biblical definition of marriage as between a man and woman.

    chicagotribune*com/business/breaking/ct-met-chicago-chick-fil-a-20120725,0,929023*story

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  • indieVoter

    First of all, let’s just be clear that not only do both parties (and their surrogates) use attack ads but the republican side practically invented them under Bush I/Lee Atwater with the Willie Horton ad back in 1988.

    Now, what is the difference between what I said vs seeing a lot of editorials on tv news? First of all, that’s all you see on cable news right now anyway. Second, and this should be a no-brainer for even you Noesis, you do not have to tune into cable news. You can escape from it if you want. You can’t get away from all the commercials unless you just turn off the tv and radio.

    And what in the heck does the chicken restaurant have to do with stifling free speech. I mean, I know it has absolutely nothing to do with the point I was making in the place where you pulled my quote…just read it below. But in a bigger sense, it’s just stupid to use that as an example of curbing free speech. EVERYBODY exercised their free speech….the guy from the restaurant who made the statement, the anti-gay crowd who protested in favor of the restaurant and the pro-gay marriage crowd all exercised their free speech. Once again, I get the sense that you’re trying to keep this story alive because you think it will inspire people to get out and vote for Romney or something. If that’s what you’re hanging your hat on, you guys are in even more trouble than I thought.

    By the way, breathe in a deep lung-full of air sometime today Noesis and remember that you’re living in a Barack Obama-led America right now. Your side lost last time, and for good reason…and you need to get ready for four more years.

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  • Noesis

    I just don’t think attack ads are going to go away without having laws to make it happen.
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    Attack ads would never go away… they would just be hiding under the guise of editorial opinion pieces or… newspaper/tv news reports.

    I mean what’s the difference between a 30 second Obama ad saying that Romney didn’t pay any federal income taxes for 10 years and constant TV news reports on how about Harry Reid says Romney didn’t pay any federal income taxes for 10 years?

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  • Noesis

    IndieVoter
    People wouldn’t have to stifle their freedom of speech.
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    Really… Can you say Chick-Fil-A?

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  • Noesis

    indieVoter

    Yeah, after McCain had flip-flopped on soft money when he realized JUST HOW MUCH cash had been accumulated by right-wing groups and that…for this one area….he had an advantage over Barack Obama.
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    Following Harry Reid and just making stuff up Indie?

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  • mickakers

    indie; I found merit in your comment “I think there’s something inherently bad about being able to exercise your “free speech” completely anonymously.”

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  • indieVoter

    People wouldn’t have to stifle their freedom of speech. They just wouldn’t be speaking on behalf of any candidates, they couldn’t hide anonymously behind a PAC and if they said something slanderous and it’s proven to be untrue they could be legally liable…just like it is with us regular folks.

    Aside from the inevitable corrupting influence of soft money on politics, I think there’s something inherently bad about being able to exercise your “free speech” completely anonymously.

    I like your point on making the debates available on radio and internet too. As it is now, we can’t escape political commercials in election years. I hate that. I would like it a lot better to have a lot of debates, full of substance, available if we want to tune in but escapable if we don’t.

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  • mikehaney

    Of course I feel the big problem would try to get everyone to stifle their freedom of speech.
    And to try to legislate laws against free speech would be losing the biggest asset this country has and I for one would protest to the best of my ability.
    And the supreme court was correct in it’s latest decision.

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  • mikehaney

    indie–There would be more debates. They would be federally funded and televised on network television where everyone had access to view
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    maybe on tv,radio and internet for fullest coverage. No commercials and no comments from the viewers.
    I think that would be fantastic!

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  • indieVoter

    Mike Haney, nobody would have to decide. If I were in charge (go ahead, I’m lobbing you an easy punch line) here’s how the Presidential campaigns would be different.

    There would be NO commercials on the tv, radio or the internet.

    There would be more debates. They would be federally funded and televised on network television where everyone had access to view.

    By making these simple changes we would begin electing Presidents who owe nothing to special interests, since they would no longer have to worry about “keeping up” with the other candidate’s fundraising.

    The debates could be designed so the questions are smart and covering relevant issues only. In order to ease the worries of the crowd who doesn’t trust the media (except Fox News) the panel doing the questioning at the debates could even be a non-media panel.

    Anyone who would complain about federal money being used to fund this should be able to appreciate how much better it would be for our country and our economy to have leadership unencumbered by special interest money.

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  • mikehaney

    indieVoter–who would get to decide whether it was an attack add or not? Here we go again!

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  • mikehaney

    Good article to think about, and I have to agree with Noesis that the money would dry up.
    Public funding would lessen the chance of big money buying the vote,which Noesis pointed out that McCain tried to do.
    One thing I would like to see more of though, is a copy of the ballot before going to the polls, and also a better coverage of our judges running for positions that are supposedly non-partisan, which we all know is not the case.
    Just my thoughts, and thank you Mike for giving me something more to think about. :)

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  • indieVoter

    I propose being nice and raising truckloads of money like they do now. But instead of spending it on advertising, spend every dollar on things that make a real positive impact. News agencies would clamor to cover this and the exposure, at least initially, would be far greater than any negative TV ad that most people tune out anyway.”

    I like the sentiment Mike. I really do. I just don’t think attack ads are going to go away without having laws to make it happen. It’s just too easy to “get to people” with negative attacks.

    Just look at this forum. It’s impossible to say anything about Barack Obama without someone trying to use it as a platform for attack. Even trying to be bi-partisan and giving the other side a fair shake makes no difference to the haters. The type of politics you’re talking about, Mike, requires an audience that can appreciate something more than “GOTCHA!”

    That’s just the world we live in today. Too bad.

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  • Noesis

    Look at candidates in the past who tried to be the “nice guy” and just talk about ideas. They got steamrolled in the general election…by someone who knew how to attack.
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    You mean like when McCain wanted to just use public funding and Obama initially going for it but then backing out when he decided he could get way more money?

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    • indieVoter

      Yeah, after McCain had flip-flopped on soft money when he realized JUST HOW MUCH cash had been accumulated by right-wing groups and that…for this one area….he had an advantage over Barack Obama.

      You also fail to mention the record amounts Obama raised on small contributions. Same thing is happening again. Check the Washington Post for this headline:

      “Obama fundraising powered by small donors, new study shows”

      Once again, you don’t miss an opportunity to spin.

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      • mikehaney

        Obama fundraising powered by small donors, new study shows
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        I for one do not believe it.

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  • Noesis

    Only one problem… Nobody would be donating money if it wasn’t being used on their candidates. If people wanted to give more of their own money away, they would just give it to their favorite charities.

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  • indieVoter

    “What would happen if politicians decided to attack the problems facing our country as vigorously as they do their opponents?”

    They would lose. Until we have federally funded campaigns and bans on soft money and loopholes we’ll never see politicians just focus on and talk about the issues.

    Look at candidates in the past who tried to be the “nice guy” and just talk about ideas. They got steamrolled in the general election…by someone who knew how to attack.

    Nice sentiment Mike. It won’t happen unilaterally and it shouldn’t.

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    • Mike Caldwell

      Indie, I agree reform is needed. But I don’t think we have ever had anyone do what I am suggesting. I am not saying be nice and just talk about ideas.

      I propose being nice and raising truckloads of money like they do now. But instead of spending it on advertising, spend every dollar on things that make a real positive impact. News agencies would clamor to cover this and the exposure, at least initially, would be far greater than any negative TV ad that most people tune out anyway.

      It might not work but look at all the good that would be accomplished in the process.

      But I realize that it is a stretch and maybe wishful thinking. Maybe I should change my middle name to PollyAnna.

      Thanks to all for the feedback. Greatly appreciated.
      Mike

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  • mickakers

    Michael Caldwell; If you find the time and have the interest, look up Min Grimes and Don Mayne (my spelling may be inaccurate). Two former distinguished writers for the Tribune. Ms Grimes was my favorite. Maybe printing a column every so often by them would be interesting as a historical perspective. Just some thoughts. Gods Speed.

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  • mickakers

    Michael Caldwell; A great article!!! My complements.

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