Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Walberg Releases Attack Ad
This is going to get pretty nasty... From YouTube user SeventhDem:
This is Walberg's second television ad and, perhaps because of its negative tone, is not yet included on the Walberg for Congress YouTube channel. Here's the Schauer campaign response:
WALBERG ATTACK MACHINE LIES ABOUT SCHAUER RECORD OF HELPING SMALL BUSINESSESThat's a fairly effective response to the ad and to Mike Shirkey, but at some point, the Schauer campaign will need a good response to the "deciding vote for the largest tax increase in Michigan's history" nonsense. It is nonsense, too (and hopefully I'll get a chance to write more about it), but a short, memorable response to the claim would be helpful.
I am, however, surprised by an attack ad from the Walberg campaign this early. Normally, I would think they'd save this for October, and let their buddies at Freedom's Watch do the dirty work. This makes me think that the ad is mainly a response to the EPIC-MRA poll that came out last week. Recall:
Overall, would you say that things in the United States are generally headed in the right direction, or have things pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track?Walberg's campaign is reacting to what looks like momentum for Mark Schauer. It seems to me that they're worried, and with good reason.
And, of course, remember that Mark Schauer hasn't gone on the air yet with his television ads. Walberg has been on the air since August 6th.
UPDATE: Sometime between when I first posted this and now, the Walberg campaign put up their ad on YouTube.
If the NFIB endorsed Walberg over Schauer certainly there must be some truth to the fact that Schauer is bad for small businesses. Keep in mind that Schauer was also responsible for the largest tax increase in Michigan history. Who really wants to be taxed more in the state of Michigan??
After doing a bit of research on NFIB, I find it almost laughable that they pride themselves on helping small businesses--especially considering that they define small business as one employing 5 individuals and having a yearly take of $350,000. They also support just about every Republican issue (drilling in ANWR and offshore), repealing the "death tax" (the Republican euphemism for "estate tax"); they're anti-labor, anti-union, etc. And after googling NBIF's board of directors, I didn't see one name of a small-business owner. In fact, check out the biography of Todd Stottlemyer,the NBIF president and CEO of this supposed "small business" lobbyist group:
"Stottlemyer, chief executive officer of Apogen Technologies, an information technology company with approximately 900 employees and more than $200 million in annual revenue . Prior to that, Stottlemyer was president of McGuire Woods Consulting and led McGuire Woods Capital Group, where he provided strategic consulting and transactional mergers and acquisition advisory services to technology and other small- and mid-market companies. Before McGuireWoods Consulting, Stottlemyer served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of BTG, a publicly traded information technology company with annual revenue of approximately $300 million and 1,800 employees.
Looking out for small businesses, eh? Don't kid yourself. Ordinarily, millionaires don't bother themselves with the little guy. Or if they do, it is only to benefit themselves.
Endorsing Walberg is a no-brainer. He fits their idealogy perfectly. Mark Schauer can be proud that he's not associated with them.
...and one more thing. In checking out McCain vs Obama on the NFIB issues, tell me which candidate is on the side of small business in regard to the issue of TAX CREDITS:
"While still having the option of employer-based coverage, every family will receive a direct refundable tax credit -effectively cash - of $2,500 for individuals and $5,000 for families to offset the cost of insurance. Families will be able to choose the insurance provider that suits them best and the money would be sent directly to the insurance provider. Those obtaining innovative insurance that costs less than the credit can deposit the remainder in expanded Health Savings Accounts."
"Employers that do not offer or make a meaningful contribution to the cost of quality health coverage for their employees will be required to contribute a percentage of payroll toward the costs of the national plan.
Small businesses will be exempt from this requirement, and will receive a new Small Business Health Tax Credit that helps reduce health care costs for small businesses. This new credit will provide a strong incentive to small businesses to offer high quality health care to their workers and
help improve the competitiveness of America's small businesses."
So you see, Obama is the one who is thinking of the small business owner. NBIF is protecting BIG BUSINESS.
Strange, I never met a business owner who was in business to provide health insurance for his employees, most are in it to make money. So in Obama's plan what defines small, 5, 10, 100, employees? Why do we even associate health BENEFITS as being related to your paycheck. If my memory serves we can thank FDR for putting pay limits on business so to attract employees benefit plans came about. What ever happened to personal responsibility?
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