Let The Political Propaganda Begin…

22 Jun

His Precious- aka Senator Obama- has just unveiled a new ad campaign. It contains the following:

I was raised by a single mom and my grandparents. We didn’t have much money, but they taught me values straight from the Kansas heartland where they grew up.

The ad is running in Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Virginia.

The evil genuises within Obama’s ranks have come up with a bold move. By running ads in these states, it forces McCain to spend money in states normally considered safe ‘red’. 

Obama has a great personal story, but it isn’t always the one told by the campaign. For instance, the implication that he was a struggling poor kid raised by a single mom is misleading. 

  • “single mom”- Stanley Ann Dunham was not just a girl from Kansas. She had a PhD and a good job working for the US Embassy. She remarried a successful man and moved to Indonesia when Barack was 5. He lived in a two parent home most of his childhood. First with his mom and stepdad until he was 10 and then with his maternal grandparents in Hawaii. 
  • Barack’s grandmother was a branch manager, and later a VP at a bank. His grandfather was a successful salesman. There is no evidence whatsoever that Barack ever lacked for food, clothing, shelter, medical care or anything else while he was growing up. If only more kids of struggling single moms were as lucky.
  • In Hawaii, Barack was fortunate to have the opportunity to attended a prestigous private school. Scholarship or not, he was blessed to have that option. 
  • After graduating from high school, Barack was able to attend a fine college (Occidental College) and then transfer to an Ivy League school (Columbia University). After 2 plus years as a paid “community organizer,” Barack went to the best school in the country (Harvard Law School). 

Again, while he may not have been rich, Barack was not poor. By most conventional measures (stability, food, shelter, support, educational opportunities) he has had a good life surrounded by people who loved and cared for him while instilling in him the high importance of a good education, which he then had the opportunity to pursue. 

Now onto the other claims…from Powerline Blog:

In the ad, Obama claims credit for three pieces of legislation. In one case, the claim is reasonable. The other two are bogus.

Obama says that “I… cut taxes for working families,” citing Illinois Public Act: PA 91-0700, the Illinois Earned Income Tax Credit of 2000. Given the collaborative nature of any legislation, Obama’s claim that “I cut taxes” is pretentious at best. As it happens, though, Obama was only a minor player with respect to the Earned Income Tax Credit Act. In fact, he was not one of the bill’s chief sponsors. He signed on as one of 37 co-sponsors on April 15, 2000, shortly before the act was signed into law on May 11.

In the ad, Obama also claims that “I…extended health care for wounded troops who had been neglected.” Wow, that’s quite an accomplishment for a single Senator. The ad cites Public Law 110-181, the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act. Funny thing, though: Obama didn’t show up to voteon that bill in the Senate. So it’s hard to see how Obama can take credit for having personally “extended health care for wounded troops.”

It’s the usual political propaganda candidates send our way every 4 years. Yet, when it comes from a candiate claiming to be a new style politician, it’s frustratingly hypocritical.

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