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Political ads or political lies?
by Jeff Blanck
Sep 10, 2008 | 440 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In this day and age I don’t think any of us really expect to hear the absolute truth in a political ad, but some of what is being aired by McCain are outright lies and deceptions.

In a recent TV ad, McCain says that the Democrats are responsible for the huge deficit the country has accrued and he also blames the Democrats for not passing a balanced budget.

Give me a break!

When President Bush took office in 2001, Bill Clinton (a Democrat) had left him with a huge surplus. The wealthy were taxed at much higher rates and the working class was in decent shape. It has been Bush and a Republican-dominated Congress that not only spent all of the surplus but has put us trillions of dollars in debt. The Republicans seem to fancy themselves as fiscal conservatives but what has actually occurred is fiscal irresponsibility.

The Republicans want to be remembered for cutting taxes and they have done that, especially for the very rich. But at the same time they are decreasing the nation’s revenue they are spending more and more. Hence, the huge debt. They call Obama a “tax-and-spend liberal” but that is really the only way to be fiscally responsible. You can’t spend what you don’t have. If the money doesn’t come in then it shouldn’t go out.

Blaming the Democrats for not passing a balanced budget is also absurd. What these Republican congressmen don’t tell you is that they want to balance the budget except for the costs of the Iraqi occupation. It is like they think there is an unending source of money for Iraq but for domestic issues, we have to balance our expenses against our income. What type of warped logic is this?

McCain also is trying to confuse the public by using the same slogan as Obama. McCain says he is for “change.” You know, technically that is a true statement. McCain may want to change a few little items here and there. But it is not the massive overhaul that is needed. Ninety percent of the time McCain has cast his senatorial ballot in line with Bush. That only leaves a 10 percent chance for any change to take place. Not quite what Obama is proposing.

But by muddying up the waters some people may not know which candidate is really for the change that is needed. Confusion is an old Republican ploy. Remember the Florida ballot issues where thousands of voters couldn’t tell who they were voting for? Bush liked it that way and so does McCain.

Now we are also going to have Sara Palin telling us how to save the economy. Her economic expertise is suspect to say the least. When she started as mayor of her small Alaska town they were in the black. When she left they were in the red. She has said that we can still win the war in Iraq. Don’t they have cable TV in Alaska? Bush said we won the war years ago.

Political ads are useful in detailing the differences between the candidates. When an ad outright lies about who did what, then they are only a tool for subterfuge. Apparently McCain doesn’t think he can win on his merits so he is trying to confuse and conquer. We need to hear the truth and as voters we deserve nothing less.

Jeff Blanck is an attorney in private practice in Reno. He can be reached at jblanck@jeffreyblancklaw. com
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