Misleading Political Ads
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Surely, you jest! I am really tired of political ads that tell half-truths to make the other side look liberal, callously conservative, or otherwise incompetent. And as I watch these ads (because there is no way to avoid them other than refusing to watch TV) I notice the worst offenders are the PACs, not the candidates themselves.

As one example, The Barrow Bailout Bills Bye Bye ad sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform cites two votes by Barrow as reasons to get rid of him. I think they believe you will not notice both bills were passed during the Bush administration and received bipartisan support. As a matter of fact, both Senators from Georgia voted for the housing reform bill (HR 3221) in April 2008 (Senate vote 96), three months before Barrow's vote cited in the ad. I do not believe anyone would label either of our Senators as "liberal" or "progressive" or spendthrifts.

I could cite the Democratic PAC supporting Barrow for the same transgressions, including Anderson's vote on the hospital bed tax - which was a very necessary one to address Medicare shortfalls (but I got tired of researching). Not all tax increases are evil - particularly those which address specific needs affecting the health and safety of the general public.

I don't even want to begin getting into the mud being slung by the Presidential PACs. I would hope (a deluded one, I know) that voters would educate themselves on a candidate's record without relying on political ads which fall a hairsbreadth within being outright lies and then vote their consciences.

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theflyonthewall commented on Saturday, Nov 03, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Bryant, I heartily agree. We should pressure our representative to push the proposed amendment designed to circumvent the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision.I also agree that both parties are culpable. We need real campaign reform and not mere window dressing.

theflyonthewall commented on Saturday, Nov 03, 2012 at 11:47 AM

By the way I am not jesting.The Romney platform is deeply flawed ,and the problem runs much deeper than any ad.

22 commented on Monday, Nov 05, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Im not jesting either. The Obama platform is deeply flawed, and the pronlem runs much deeper than any ad.

“United We Stand, Divided We Fall.” cheers!

theflyonthewall commented on Monday, Nov 05, 2012 at 15:26 PM

22, Remember that when you can't deduct mortgage interest--- a Republican brainwave.

22 commented on Tuesday, Nov 06, 2012 at 09:56 AM

Fly my house is payed for. I love to pay taxes I see it as my duty. However the misapropreation of my tax dallors, Make me sick. Bailout crooked banks and GM etc. etc. etc. etc. We could go own and own. I do not agree with both major parties all the time I promise. I believe Obama is pure politician and nothing more. What has he done besides represent an ever growing population of what my country can-should do for me mind set. He reminds me of a two headed coin. No capital gains tax for the middle class theres a thought. Much more so than no deduction on mortage interest. You see I would still be paying on my home if I misapropreated my own funds. Maybe we can get a interest deduction on credit cards.

Bryant commented on Wednesday, Nov 07, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Congress did away with consumer interest deductions many years ago when they added the AGI percentage floor for medical, business and miscellaneous deductions.

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