An ad from Crossroads GPS attacks Virginia Senate candidate Tim Kaine (D) over his support for last year’s deal to raise the debt ceiling, which created the deficit reduction super committee and imposed defense cuts as an incentive for members to find a compromise. The super committee failed, and GPS blames Kaine for upcoming defense cuts, which could impact Virginia-based defense industry jobs particularly hard. But Kaine supported the debt ceiling deal because it was necessary to avoid devastating economic default, and he has laid out a plan to avoid the impending defense cuts.Read more after the jump.
In an effort to discredit the Tax Policy Center’s conclusion that Mitt Romney’s tax plan would either impose higher taxes on the middle class or require increased deficits, Republicans are touting a supposedly “nonpartisan study” proving otherwise. Last week, the Romney campaign released a television ad referencing the study that purports to refute the criticism of Romney’s plan.
The “nonpartisan” analysis comes from the American Enterprise Institute, a decidedly conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. In fact, Romney’s economic team includes at least three people affiliated with AEI. Romney advisers Glenn Hubbard and Gregory Mankiw are both listed on AEI’s website as “visiting scholars.” Hubbard, who preceded Mankiw as chairman of President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers, was “an architect of the Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003,” according to the Washington Post. Another economic adviser and surrogate, Kevin Hassett, is AEI’s Director of Economic Policy Studies.
The author of the report backing Romney’s position is Alex Brill, an AEI research fellow who also served on President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers. While Brill insists that Romney’s plan is “not a tax hike on the middle class,” he has previously criticized President Obama’s preference for tax cuts geared toward the middle class instead of the wealthiest Americans. In October 2008, Brill co-authored an op-ed arguing that “rate cuts for high incomes or reductions in investment taxes” are superior to Obama’s “tax favors for the middle class.”Read more after the jump.
At a Freedomworks “Call to Action” Rally on September 15, 2012, Ohio Liberty Council President and Portage County Tea Party Executive Director Tom Zawistowski said:
ZAWISTOWSKI: So my question to you is, are they going to win this election? Are we going to win this election? Who’s going to win this election? We are! Who’s going to win this election? We are! About a week ago I sent out an email to all the patriot leaders in Ohio to give to their members. In that email I said that we all need to fight this war as if we’re the only ones in it. We need to fight this war in our hometown the best way we know how. Not to listen to anybody else, but to see with our own eyes and hear with our own ears and do the things we know that will win this election. And if we do that, I have no doubt that we’re not just going to win this election, we’re going to blow their doors off. And we’re going to reject— Our goal is to reject the progressive liberal statist agenda, and tell them they have no place in American society, and we need to kill them like the cancer that they are.
An ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce cites the Affordable Care Act, Wall Street Reform, and the Bush tax cuts to build the case that Rep. John Tierney (D-MA) has “one of the worst voting records for small businesses.” But Tierney voted against various efforts to extend provisions of the Bush tax cuts because Republican plans routinely involved giveaways for the wealthy at the expense of the deficit, while the health care reform law includes tax credits for small businesses and Dodd-Frank targets large firms, not small banks.Read more after the jump.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce attacks Illinois congressional candidate Bill Enyart (D) for supporting the Affordable Care Act, which the ad misleadingly claims “cuts” Medicare and “hurts the middle class with new taxes.” In reality, the health care law does not increase taxes on most Americans, and it provides tax credits for millions. The Chamber also maligns Enyart for serving “in Gov. Blagojevich’s cabinet,” but leaves out crucial details about his role: Enyart was selected, after a 30-year career in the military, as head of the Illinois National Guard.Read more after the jump.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce relies on stale misinformation to attack former Rep. Bill Foster’s (D-IL) positions on health care and tax policy. To support the claim that Foster’s support for the Affordable Care Act means “job-killing regulations on our small business owners,” the Chamber cites a Gallup poll that did not actually mention the health care law at all – and which identified weak consumer demand as the main obstacle to hiring. Furthermore, the Chamber dishonestly claims that ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy will hurt job-growth, citing a flawed study that the Chamber itself commissioned.Read more after the jump.
We checked 26 new attack ads in the last week, including a trio that appeared late last Friday afternoon. The heavy volume makes sense given that the campaign is entering the home stretch, and it was powered by 15 new U.S. Chamber of Commerce ads, all of them in House races. Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS (3 ads) and American Crossroads (2) combined to come in a distant second, and the remaining six came from the arch-conservative Club for Growth, the anti-immigration obsessives at NumbersUSA, the Iowa-based American Future Fund, Restore Our Future, and the abortion-focused Susan B. Anthony List’s new “Women Speak Out PAC.”Read more after the jump.
From Rep. Paul Broun’s (R-GA) remarks at the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman’s Banquet on September 27, 2012, in Hartwell, Georgia:
BROUN: God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior. You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.
And what I’ve come to learn is that it’s the manufacturer’s handbook, is what I call it. It teaches us how to run our lives individually, how to run our families, how to run our churches. But it teaches us how to run all of public policy and everything in society. And that’s the reason as your congressman I hold the Holy Bible as being the major directions to me of how I vote in Washington, D.C., and I’ll continue to do that.
The American Unity PAC attacks Democratic congressional candidate Raul Ruiz (CA) for supporting the Affordable Care Act in an ad that claims the legislation raises taxes on “millions of middle- and lower-income families” by forcing them to buy health insurance. In reality, the health care law provides more tax relief than tax burden for the middle class, and lower- and middle-income families are eligible for tax credits that will help them afford premium payments. The ad also claims the ACA cuts $700 billion from Medicare and will kill jobs, both conservative attack lines that have been debunked.Read more after the jump.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce uses vague buzzwords about regulations and health care to suggest Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY) doesn’t “understand how tough it’s been for New York small businesses.” Dig into the ad’s fine print, though, and you’ll see the Chamber is talking about Wall Street regulations written to forestall another catastrophic collapse like the one that closed out the Bush years. The ads’ claims about taxes in the Affordable Care Act are similarly misleading.Read more after the jump.