U.S. Chamber Of Commerce: “Jon Tester – A Failed Record In Washington”

An ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce grades Montana Sen. Jon Tester’s performance, saying he’s “failed Montana” by voting for the “$1 trillion ”Affordable Care Act, which cuts $716 billion out of Medicare. In reality, the health care law reduces the deficit, and finds future savings in Medicare without cutting seniors’ benefits.

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Bauer: “Creator” In Declaration Of Independence “Is Not The God Of The Quran”

From Gary Bauer’s remarks at the 2012 Values Voters Summit on September 14, 2012:

BAUER: The founders put the central idea of our civilization right in the middle of the second paragraph of our Declaration of Independence, where it says, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator–’ Memo to the American Civil Liberties Union and these folks demonstrating outside the hotel, that’s God. ‘–endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among these the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ That’s the central idea of who we are. You know for a lot of people on the left, those words are like fingernails on a chalkboard, because, you see, the left is increasingly radically secular. They don’t even believe there’s a God, so how can they accept the words of our Founding Fathers, that that God is the author of our liberty. Ladies and gentlemen, the Creator – the God, the Creator in that paragraph, is not just any god. I say this not meaning to offend anyone, but that is not the God of the Quran. And the reason I feel comfortable saying that is that there’s countries all over the world that have been established on the perception that they are following the teachings of the Quran. And they are not pleasant places to live. They’re not pleasant places to live for women. They’re not pleasant places to live for religious minorities. They’re not pleasant places to live if you want to follow freedom of conscience.

American Action Network: “Dangerous”

The American Action Network reaches all the way back to the 1970s to accuse Rick Nolan (D-MN) of supporting the end of Medicare. But Nolan’s opponent, Rep. Chip Cravaack, voted to “essentially end” Medicare in 2011, in a GOP budget that also retained the Affordable Care Act’s Medicare savings, over which AAN attacks Nolan. Furthermore, the bill Nolan supported forty years ago would have replaced Medicare with universal coverage for all Americans – which was the dominant school of thought among health care reformers of the era.

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American Crossroads: “Next”

Even though the small business owners featured in American Crossroads’ latest presidential ad have benefitted from over $300,000 in government defense contracts during the Obama administration, they complain that President Obama’s “bad decisions” and regulations are harming job growth. But the ad cites a study that doesn’t address Obama’s proposals, and small business owners routinely say that regulations aren’t what’s keeping them from hiring.

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Crossroads GPS: “Shameful”

Crossroads GPS criticizes Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV) for supporting the Affordable Care Act, which the ad says “cut Medicare spending by $700 billion” and “could give bureaucrats the power to cut Medicare spending even more.” In fact, the health care law reduces the growth of Medicare spending without cutting seniors’ current benefits – and Berkley’s opponent, Sen. Dean Heller, voted for the same “cuts” when he supported the Ryan budget as a member of both the House and the Senate. Furthermore, those “bureaucrats” tasked with finding future savings must be confirmed by the Senate and are prohibited from cutting benefits or rationing care.

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Crossroads GPS: “Dang Right”

An ad from Crossroads GPS says Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) is “out of touch with Wisconsin,” claiming that she wants to give the government more control over health care and let “unelected bureaucrats” make decisions on Medicare spending cuts. In reality, Baldwin’s priority is expanding health care coverage to all Americans, and she has floated a variety of ways to do so, while the “unelected bureaucrats” are in reality a Senate-confirmed advisory board that’s prohibited from cutting Medicare benefits. The ad’s accusation that Baldwin wants to tax middle-class families also doesn’t hold water; in August she voted to extend the Bush tax cuts for income under $250,000.

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Congressional Leadership Fund: “Sutton Works For Pelosi”

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super-PAC associated with the American Action Network, uses Rep. Betty Sutton’s voting record to suggest that she places the interests of Rep. Nancy Pelosi above those of Ohio. To do so, they rely on misrepresentations of clean energy legislation, the Affordable Care Act, and the Recovery Act, the last of which helped prevent a deeper recession and cut taxes for families and businesses across the country.

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Crossroads GPS: “Your Vote”

Crossroads GPS attacks Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) over her support for the Affordable Care Act, claiming the law “raises taxes on the middle class” and cuts over $700 billion out of Medicare spending. But the health care law won’t raise taxes on most Americans, and finds Medicare savings without cutting current benefits. What’s more, the House Ryan budget passed by the House GOP contained those same savings – and Heitkamp’s GOP opponent, Rick Berg, voted for that bill.

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Romney’s “47 Percent” Comments Reflect Conservative Dogma

The Mother Jones video of Mitt Romney telling his donors that the 47 percent of Americans who pay no income tax are entitled, dependent “victims” is consistent with the nominee’s preference for addressing inequality “in quiet rooms.” But this is no mere pander to wealthy Republican donors. In the Obama era, conservatives have fully embraced the notion that those who owe no federal income tax must have more “skin in the game.” That means raising income taxes on the bottom 47 percent of earners.

In August of last year, the Wall Street Journal labeled this soak-the-poor idea “the new Republican orthodoxy.” Indeed, Republican leaders, movement activists, and powerful conservative institutions have pushed for “skin in the game,” for higher taxes on the bottom half of the income distribution.

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