Let Freedom Ring’s minute-long ad attacking the New START nuclear weapons treaty President Obama negotiated with Russia places that group firmly in the small club of ideologues that opposed the treaty when it was ratified by the Senate in 2010. Support for the treaty encompassed nearly the entirety of the American national security establishment – including every living former Secretary of State – and the handful of specific claims about the treaty’s provisions in the ad range from disingenuous to blatantly false.Read more after the jump.
Let Freedom Ring would have you believe President Obama is intentionally raising gas prices, and even implies that if it weren’t for him we’d be seeing pump prices under $2 per gallon. To do so they spin several fictions: that gas prices are determined by presidents and not a global market; that the recession that brought pump prices so low in late 2008 never happened; and that the administration is seeking European price levels for gasoline, when they are not.Read more after the jump.
Crossroads GPS suggests that President Obama is responsible for high gas prices. In fact, domestic energy policy has little influence on the global markets that actually cause gas prices to rise and fall, but that’s not the only thing Crossroads gets wrong. The ad also deliberately misleads viewers about oil production in America, citing a one-year decrease in production on federal land as evidence of Obama’s alleged failure, despite an even greater percentage increase during the previous year.Read more after the jump.
An ad from the American Energy Alliance (AEA) lambasts President Obama for gas prices that have “nearly doubled” since the start of his administration, but the ad’s claims rest on a series of distortions obscuring the fact that the president has little control over globally determined oil costs. Obama didn’t, as the ad claims, categorically write off Alaskan energy. A loan to a clean energy company has nothing to do with gas prices. Approving the Keystone pipeline wouldn’t bring energy prices down to pre-recession levels. Finally, Energy Secretary Steven Chu has recanted his 2008 statement about driving up gas costs, citing the recession and saying that “there are many, many reasons why we do not want the price of gasoline to go up.”Read more after the jump.
Eager to capitalize on high gas prices, Crossroads GPS put out an ad that blames President Obama’s policies for rising energy costs. Yet it’s Crossroads that’s ‘deflecting’ the truth about gas prices, which are determined by global market forces beyond the control of the president. Moreover, domestic oil production is at its highest in nearly a decade and American oil exports are at their highest ever, belying Crossroads’ accusation that Obama’s “bad energy policies” are to blame.Read more after the jump.
The 60 Plus Association, which describes itself as a “conservative alternative to the AARP,” has released an ad targeting several Democratic senators for their support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, the ads rely on debunked claims designed to scare seniors. In reality, the ACA reduces future spending without ‘cutting’ current Medicare benefits, the Senate-confirmed Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) will not have the power to “ration care,” and the law actually improves Medicare’s finances. Additionally, the health care law benefits seniors by closing the prescription drug donut hole and expanding providing free preventive services.Read more after the jump.
Crossroads GPS is running a new ad in Missouri accusing Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of supporting Medicare cuts and opposing tax cuts for the middle class. However, the savings in the Affordable Care Act do not ‘cut’ Medicare as Crossroads suggests, and the ad conveniently overlooks the important benefits for seniors in the law. In addition, before the compromise to extend all of the Bush tax cuts in late 2010, McCaskill supported an effort to preserve lower rates for all but the wealthiest Americans, but Republicans refused in order to protect wasteful tax cuts for the rich.Read more after the jump.