Archive for October, 2010

Attack Ads from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

October 10, 2010

I received a series of political fliers in the mail this week that have offended my passion for truth. The ads say “Brad Zaun pledged to give tax breaks to companies that ship American jobs overseas. And he took a break from paying his federal taxes on time.

The first claim is based on Zaun’s signature on a “pledge” authored by Americans for Tax Reform. The attack ad makes an unfounded claim about the pledge. Let me quote the pledge Zaun endorses (along with many other conservatives):

ATR’s Pledge

I will:
ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and
TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.

That’s it. In total. The whole thing. The Democrat ad, of course, was very careful to only reference this pledge by a fine-print acronym. The prototype for this attack was launched against Congressman Charles Djou (R-HI) back in the Spring of this year.1 The claim that this pledge is somehow equivalent to shipping jobs overseas has been debunked over and over again.2 If anything, it is the Progressive-Democrat agenda that is destroying the economy. High taxes are shutting down American companies, rendering them uncompetitive with their foreign counterparts. I leave the final analysis of the impact of signing the pledge to the reader’s common sense.

In a further assertion, the ad states that Zaun “took a break from paying his taxes on time”, and “skipped paying his house payments”. He is in pretty good company. Millions of Americans are out of work. Small business is struggling to survive. This is simply more evidence that the economy is “in the tank” under the ministration of the current Democrat political machine and a long-ensconced tax-and-spend Congress. Would you “skip” making your mortgage payment by choice?

I am trying to help the small business where I work stay afloat in this difficult economy. I recognize that my continued employment is tied to the success of the company. But, the government is strangling the life out of American business. Here in America, we all depend on business for our personal livelihood. If the current trend continues, many more will be having trouble paying their taxes and making their mortgage payments. As for me, Zaun’s signature on this pledge is just one more reason for me to vote for him and give Leonard Boswell the boot. Look at Zaun’s campaign web site.3 Common sense prevails there, just like it does at your house. I think the fact that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee can’t front any arguments of substance proves they don’t have anything to offer America except further destruction.

1. http://www.hawaiifreepress.com

2. http://www.factcheck.org/2010/04/a-false-tax-attack/

3. http://www.bradzaun.com

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Pants on Fire

October 1, 2010

During the misinformation campaign waged in an effort to get the Democrat health care reform bill passed, we were repeatedly told in televised speeches by the President, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” (NY Times) It became one of his stock lines.

Then in the spring, the President gave a speech in Portland Maine.  He observed that after signing the health care reform bill into law, “that no one lost their health insurance.” I wrote a just-wait-and-see blog post on April 1st, about this ridiculous comment (What? No Asteroids?).  Eight days after signing the bill! Indeed.

As we all know, the dominoes take a while to fall. My health insurance company, Principal (which I like), announced today that they are getting out of the health insurance business. They cite increased regulation and reduced profits as reasons. Hmmm.  What increased regulation, I wonder?  Principal plans to turn my policy over to United Healthcare.  I have had United as an insurer before. I found they were hard to work with. Seemed to me they had a (secret) policy to deny every claim, until they saw whether the customer would give up or persist.

Today, my health insurance company called it quits. I’m betting your’s isn’t too far behind. We had better elect a Congress in November that will repeal this economy-crusher masquerading as “health care” legislation.

– writewild