Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Barack Obama's first general election ad says about 46 seconds in that the Illinois senator passed laws that "extended health care for wounded troops who'd been neglected." The ad titled "Country I Love", which was released Friday, provides a citation at the bottom of the screen which reads "Public Law 110 - 181." The problem is Senator Obama never voted for that legislation. Public Law 110 - 181 is part of the defense authorization bill which passed the Senate in January by a vote of 91 to three with six senators not voting. Barack Obama was among those six absent senators. I suppose, since he did not claim that he missed the vote for the piece of legislation that he is trying to take credit for due to his avoiding sniper fire, the public should give him a pass. One more lie in a long long list. Just yesterday Barack Obama reneged on a pledge to take public financing for the general election and to sit down and discuss open finance policies with John McCain before the General Election. Obama's explanation for pulling his 180 is partly because he needs funds to counter those 527 committees that may attack him from the right. And he argues John McCain will do nothing to "stop the smears." However, Cybercast News Service reports that Democratic 527s have raised three times as much as their Republican counterparts: $87 million to $24 million. Not to mention that he has set all kinds of financial fund raising records during the primary season. The director of the nonpartisan Campaign Finance Institute says that Obama "wasn't complaining when he went to the American Federation of State and Municipal Employees Union this week, which ran an ad paid for by its 527 to attack John McCain." Additionally that same organization has stated that it will contribute upwards of 50 million to Obama's presedential campaign. I find it extremely unerving that politicians think the public is either to ignorant or to uninitiated to call them on their B.S. and even more disheartning is the chance that they may be right.
Posted by The Ghost of Jefferson at 7:55 PM