Archive for the ‘Spin Machine’ Category
The GOP are cowards. That’s right – I said cowards. Karl Rove and his ilk are spreading lies, disinformation, and increased half truths by way of corporate funded attack ads. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of this is the secretive way that these corporations (some foreign) funnel campaign financing secretly to front groups that produce attack ads and literature that are all 100% against the Democratic Party. The GOP doesn’t even hide the fact that they are working with corporations to raise millions of dollars to attack Democrats.
What is truly disgusting about this is that the GOP defends the secretive nature of their fundraising. What are they hiding? What are they afraid of? The answer is clear: they are ashamed of the backers that fund their attack ads. Why ashamed? If the American Public knew about the businesses that backed the GOP agenda, they would vote against the GOP!
However, without the mandatory disclosure rules of campaign donations, corporations are free to donate to whomever protects their interests best – the GOP. And why would corporate America protect the GOP? It’s simple – for money. The US Chamber of Commerce, leading the charge, wants to help make the GOP agenda a reality. This agenda includes the repeal the health care law, privatizing Social Security and Medicare, and rolling back as many of the new regulations that protect consumers and regulate corporations.
Imagine, for a moment, if you knew that BP funded attack ads that helped a GOP candidate who was friendly to their agenda. A candidate who was against regulations that protect our natural environment from an oil spill disaster. A candidate who was letting the oil industry lobbyists help the GOP write legislation (just as many GOP members did during the first term of George W. Bush). A candidate who did not care about the middle class workers who would be hurt by having their livelihood erased by BP. Would you vote for that candidate knowing all this? Probably not. But the Supreme Court – a right-leaning court for some time now – ruled that corporations are people and have the right to donate in private.
The result of this ruling was nothing less than mayhem. Now, financing from corporations – all done in secret – remove the accountability that those corporations have to the people.
The GOP claim, however, that this doesn’t change anything. Or they claim that Democrats do the ’same’ thing. This is clearly a lie – on a very large scale. Some Democrats are friendly to businesses and support their interests in legislation. This is true. But the Democratic Party – as a whole – does not have an agenda to oust the GOP by employing secret attack ads across a wide spectrum of candidacies. This is anti-American and undemocratic.
In the end, the GOP does not want you – the voting public – to know where their donations (now in the millions) come from. They are happy to hide in the cloak of secrecy that protects their corporate masters. They do not care what is at stake for our democracy and country as a whole. Fortunately, there are many people who do care. The GOP would have you believe that these people do not exist. That we support them and have no problem with their secret campaign contributions.
Again, this is very far from true. Case in point? How about Fox News. When shareholders found out about several $1 Million donations to the Republican Governors Association and the US Chamber of Commerce, they responded angrily to Rupert Murdoch’s evasive answers at a recent shareholder’s meeting.
The GOP and their TeaParty cohorts often talk about taking the country back. This makes no sense to me since in my opinion, they already have the country. If anyone needs to take the country back, it should be the American people and the Democratic Party.
Here’s a disgusting recap of Joe Lieberman’s Democratic attacks over the past year.
In the last Presidential debate, Senator McCain referred to a person he called “Joe the Plumber”. Joe, as the story goes, is a plumber that wants to buy a plumbing business for $250 to $280K from his boss and in a rally, was seen to question Senator Obama’s tax plan since that would hurt Joe.
In a seemingly convenient series of events, this led to John McCain’s attack of Senator Obama’s tax plan during the last debate. There only one problem with all of this: it’s not true. It’s fiction. In fact, I’d say the timing to all of this stinks to high heaven. I think Joe the Plumber is really Joe the Republican Shill.
Joe, in reality, is not a licensed plumber, makes $40K a year (making it highly unlikely he could purchase a business for $280K), has no business plan or other plans to buy his boss’s business, and his boss’s business is only worth approximately $100K not $250 to $280K. To make matters even worse, Joe isn’t even an independent. He is a registered Republican. Well, at least we know one thing for certain about Joe. He is a liar.
So what is Joe up to? Why did Joe approach Senator Obama at a rally and lie about his background and business plans? Also, is it just me or is it really convenient that candidate McCain latched on to ‘Joe’ and mentioned him a whopping 21 times during the last Presidential debate. Maybe Joe works for the McCain campaign? Maybe Joe is RNC operative? Or maybe, Joe is as Joe seems: a lying weasel. Apparently, Joe also owes back taxes which I suppose makes him a weasel and a tax cheat.
The irony in all this is that Joe and Joe’s boss would both benefit under Obama’s tax plan. Say it ain’t so, Joe!
Tonight on Countdown, Rachel Madow put it best: They lie. Who “they” you ask? Republicans present at the Republican Convention, of course!
Barack Obama, according to Palin, never wrote a law, wants to raise your taxes, and has less experience than her. Obama, of course, has written laws, has promised to cut taxes on the middle class and raise them on the top 1% of the wealthiest people in the country, and has more practical experience than Palin.
Palin, according to pundits and even herself, fought corporate lobbyists, sold an airplane on Ebay, and said “no thanks” to the infamous bridge to nowhere.
Romney, in his speech, told Al Gore he needed to start saving the environment by grounding his private jet. One problem, Gore doesn’t own and has never owned a private jet. Ooops.
McCain, who decided that arguing against change is a bad idea has attempted to co-opt Senator Obama’s message of change. McCain, with little fervor, proclaimed he was the candidate of change and that he and Governor Palin represent the true chance at change in Washington since they are both Mavericks.
Lies, lies, lies.
It never ceases to amaze me that the attendees at the Republican convention can lie so easily. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised – they’ve had a lot of practice over the years.
Governor Huckabee’s message of unity and change is touching. He thanks the liberal media for uniting the republican party, refers to reporting as tacky and talks about housing crisis, gas prices, and the need to change. “You want something to change,” was his mantra. But like most convention-going, fear spreading Republican participants, Huckabee plays the fear card by mentioning his list of “things that you don’t want to change”:
- the opportunity to prosper
Translation: Democrats won’t defend you, protect your rights, or favor trickle-down economics. Huckabee went further by calling Barack Obama’s overseas trip his “excellent adventure in europe”. Obama, as Huckabee would have you believe, brought back europeon ideas that could destroy our way of life or even our government!
Can you believe this? It’s just more of the same. Republicans don’t discuss the serious issues or their plans to improve the economy or handle the war in Afghanistan. Instead, they simply attack democrats as elite and out of touch. What a farce.
Maybe all the showers Huckabee took with lava soap affected his brain. That would explain why, once attending college, he realized that showers should not hurt.