While left & right could, even before one shot up a Sikh Temple, both agree that Nazis are bad, at least we can tell the difference between Sikh’s and Muslims and the Onion & real news.
On Thursday at the National Press club a group of Black Ministers announced the formation of an organization against President Obama over his stance on “gay marriage”. One minister referred to the president as “Judas” suggesting the president did this for the sake of “30 pieces of silver” Another compared the statements of the Mayor of Chicago, Boston and others to the exclusion of Blacks from restaurant counters.
In a tight election year when president Obama an event like this that portends an unprecedented split in the black community might normally be considered news, most normal people would consider it news, but it got little or no coverage on air by the MSM and just passing coverage online from their sites.
This is not a shock. There is no plus side for the MSM. Not only would this hurt the perception of Black Americans united for Obama but it would put them in an impossible position, after all it’s one thing to call the white southern owner of the Chick-Fil-A franchise a “bigot” over opposing gay marriage, it’s quite another to do this to a black clergyman, and trust me, the same people whose money forced sorry persuaded President Obama to complete his “evolution” before the election would insist on it.
While the MSM has nothing to say, I’d be shocked if this isn’t a big topic on Black Radio nationwide.
Oh and Allen West (more on him later) purchased Chick-Fil-A for all the Congressional Black Caucus. Alcee Hastings said all were insulted.
I can’t wait to hear them express their feelings of insult when they visit churches in their districts in campaign 2012
Meanwhile Harry Reid is in full “I’ve got a secret” mode where he is accusing Mitt Romney of not paying taxes based on “people who have told him” without naming those people and insisting that is it for Mitt Romney to prove his charges are false.
That the media was willing to give this story legs even before he repeated these charges on the floor of the US senate says something about the MSM, none of it good. At first the MSM seemed perfectly willing to go with this. As Stacy McCain put it:
Grant that Reid’s wild accusation — “financial McCarthyism,” you might call it — is newsworthy even if it is absolutely false. And it almost certainly is false, Dan Primack of Fortune says. But is it now an accepted practice at the Washington Post just to repeat whatever politicians say (in interviews with reporters for other publications) without bothering to do any independent reporting at all?
Roll Call reports Reid will not run again in 2016, It shows you want kind of power a person has when he know he won’t be facing the voters again for 4 years.
Wednesday a veritable multitude of people showed up at the 1600+ Chick-Fil-A locations to have a meal and to socialize. It became a giant conservative event and Chick-Fil-A while not doing anything official to promote this day, they managed to have a record breaking day in terms of sales.
Friday Gay Marriage supporters scheduled a “kiss in” with considerably less success in terms of numbers, but much greater success in positive media promotion.
A lot of conservative were snarking about going to Chick Fil-A to see a bunch of lesbians kiss with lines like: Delicious chicken and hot lesbian action? I’m in! Unfortunately for them the images they have in their head are from TV & porn, didn’t match the reality, nor did the numbers of either Friday’s Protest or the follow up “Starbucks Appreciation Day”
It could be they don’t have the numbers, or it could be a case of Fedoraphobia.
Some Olympics? There was a lot of fuss over badminton. It appears the Top Chinese team tried to throw a match in order to increase the chances of delaying the #2 Chinese team until the gold medal round. Their opponents decided to counter also trying to throw the same match.
The fans for treated to the odd spectacle of two of the best badminton pairs in the world both doing their best to lose without trying to do so. It was apparently the oddest match you ever saw in your life.
These pairs and several others involved have all been ejected and the fans have furiously demanded their money back.
I don’t know, I think it’s a bit of Olympic history and it’s certainly not a sight they were likely to see again in their lives.
North Korea has a lot of problems, a repressive and backward state, a starving population but one thing absolute state control does is produce athletes. When one of their weightlifter took home gold he publicly stated it was all due to the Great Leader of North Korea.
Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama should use him in their next ads.
A quick plug for a new advertiser of mine, the American Products store. They own a small shop in Cherry Valley (Leicester MA) and sell products made in or manufactured in America.
A lot of people tell me they want to buy American. Well here’s your chance.
I mentioned Allen West, he appeared in Lexington this week
It was quite a contrast to the Chick-Fil-A stuff as I noted in my Examiner Column this week:
The 30 or so protesters, dwarfed by even the lines at Chick-Fil-A that day, to say nothing of the Wednesdays informal appreciation event chanted loudly and were escorted from the mall where across the street at the local Barnes & Noble, Media trucks awaited their comment.
Yet two days later an event featuring one of the most prominent members of congress. A member who has been specifically targeted for defeat by the left draws 5-6 times the crowd in a public place in one of the bluest states of the union and Major media decided that this was not worth covering.
If Allen West feels comfortable enough about his situation to schedule events 1000 miles from his district when targeted AND can draw a large crowd than a nationally promoted protest in the home of Gay Marriage in the US by a factor of 6, it says something about election 2012 in Congressmen West s district and in Massachusetts should be afraid.
This election is going to be a disaster for the left, it’s no wonder they are hiding crosstabs in polls.
Finally lets close with Religion At the Annual convention of the Episcopal church the presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori gave the following advice to the “faithful” in attendance:
“Jefferts Schori then proclaims that she has the answer for this. We all need the ‘act of crossing boundaries’ to become God after which our hands become a ‘sacrament of mission.’ (emphasis mine)
I thought it sounded familiar and sure enough I looked in Genesis Chapter 3
Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals that the LORD God had made. The serpent asked the woman, “Did God really tell you not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?” The woman answered the serpent: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; it is only about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman: “You certainly will not die! No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods who know what is good and what is bad.” The woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
The pitch the Bishop gives the attendees is identical to the one Satan gives Eve in the garden.
We’ve all heard the expression “falling for the oldest trick in the book” but this is the first time I’ve seen an example where this is true literally.
See you next week.
New Ad Attacks Dean Heller for Voting to Protect 6,000 Jobs
(Las Vegas, NV) – Harry Reid’s front group Patriot Majority is out with another round of false attacks, this time making inaccurate statements about Dean Heller’s record on taxes in addition to the usual attempts to scare seniors about their Medicare. While Dean Heller voted to protect 6,000 Nevada jobs, Shelley Berkley has consistently fought to raise taxes and destroy American businesses.
“With nearly 164,000 Nevadans unemployed, seven-term Congresswoman Shelley Berkley voted for tax hikes that could cost 6,000 Nevada jobs, raise taxes on Nevada’s small business owners in a recession, and supported $500 billion in cuts for Medicare. And Shelley Berkley claims she is looking out for the middle class?
“So far, Congresswoman Berkley has based her entire campaign on false attacks and the ‘Lie of the Year’ in a sad and desperate attempt to distract from her failed policies,” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.
Dean Heller voted against tax hikes that would have a devastating effect on Nevada’s and the nation’s economy:
· Dean Heller has never voted to raise taxes on the middle-class.
· Shelley Berkley and her Democratic allies are urging Congress to pass tax hikes at a time when nearly 164,000 Nevadans are unemployed.
· Meanwhile, Dean Heller voted against a tax hike that could destroy 6,000 jobs in Nevada and as many as 710,000 jobs nationwide. (S. 3412, July 25, 2012; Robert Carroll and Gerald Prante, “Long-Run Macroeconomic Impact of Increasing Tax Rates on High-Income Taxpayers in 2013,” Ernst & Young, July 2012, Appendix C;)
· And according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, 940,000 small businesses would get hit by Democrats’ latest tax hike. “So the 2013 tax cliff is a big enough economic problem that President Obama now wants to postpone it for some taxpayers. But it isn’t so big that he’s willing to curb his desire to raise taxes on tens of thousands of job-creating businesses.” (Editorial, “Off the Tax Cliff He Goes,” The Wall Street Journal, 7/12/2012)
Shelley Berkley is the candidate in this race who voted to cut $500 billion out of the Medicare program – and that became law.
- Shelley Berkley also created a panel of 15 unelected bureaucrats that have the power to deny health care for seniors. (House Vote 165 – HR 3590, HR3590, March 21, 2010)
· ObamaCare puts Medicare Advantage benefits at risk, including for 110,000 Nevadans: “Seniors in a number of states risk losing their Medicare Advantage benefits because of cuts in President Obama’s healthcare reform law, according to a new report from Avalere. The law contains about $200 billion in direct and indirect cuts to private Medicare plans through 2017.” (Julian Pecquet, “Report: Healthcare law cuts put Medicare Advantage benefits at risk in some states,” The Hill’s Healthwatch Blog, 3/12/12)
· Shelley Berkley voted for a 2% cut from the Medicare program which would restrict seniors’ access to care: Sequestration as a result of the Budget Control Act would require Medicare cuts of up to $11 billion a year (about $140 billion over ten years) if deficit reduction targets are not reached (RC #123, 112th Congress, 1st Session).
- In fact, Dean Heller has repeatedly voted to preserve the Medicare program, voting against $1.6 trillion in proposed Medicare cuts. (RC #787, 110th 1st Session; RC #165, 111th Congress, 2nd Session; RC #123, 112th Congress, 1st Session).
Wednesday Waste | August 8, 2012
By Bankrupting America
The inspector general who oversees the IRS released a report estimating $21 billion in fraudulent tax refunds are set to be paid out to identity thieves in the next five years. Past examples of fraudulent payments include $3.3 million in refunds to one address that was listed on 2,137 separate tax returns and another $470,000 sent in 300 direct deposits to the same bank account.
The report went on to detail simple measures that the agency could do to reduce the amount of fraud, including steps such as limiting the number of direct deposits to a single bank account, depositing refunds to accounts only with that individual’s name on the account, and using existing federal databases to screen for potential fraud. The last measure would actually require an act from Congress in order to allow the agency permission to access other federal databases.
J. Russell George, the treasury inspector general for tax administration, said, “At a time when every dollar counts, these results are extremely troubling… Undetected tax refund fraud results in significant unintended federal outlays and has the potential to erode taxpayer confidence in our nation’s system of tax administration.” He recommended the government agency take new measures to stop the waste of federal dollars. With a budget deficit set to hit $1 trillion by the end of the fiscal year, “every dollar counts.”
I joined the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in April 1979, thirty-three years ago. The preamble to its Code of Ethics says, “Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility” and that journalists should “test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent errors.”
Someone needs to send a copy of SPJ’s Code of Ethics to the news staff of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC).
ABC News and other practitioners of sloppy reporting prompted me to found The National Anxiety Center in 1990 as a clearinghouse for information to debunk “scare campaigns” designed to influence public opinion and policy. Part of that effort was a 2008 series “The Enemies of Meat” in which I examined the scare campaigns related to ranching.
The most troubling trend in recent times has been a steady erosion of journalism’s integrity.
In particular, the latest example has been ABC’s lax ethics that visited devastation on a company with a thirty-year history of safe operation, Beef Products, Inc. The company pioneered the provision of lean, finely textured beef which is blended with fattier hamburger to make it more learn and nutritious. It also protects it against pathogens with a process that won the coveted 2007 “Black Pearl” award from the International Association for Food Protection.
ABC reporter Jim Avila, in hot pursuit of a journalism award, wrote a series of reports claiming that BPI was producing “pink slime” with the network hyping the term by using it 52 times in a two-week period in March. Any reporter investigating BPI would have swiftly found a mountain of evidence exonerating the company from any hint of the allegations made against it.
Avila’s reporting put BPI in jeopardy of closing down entirely, forcing the suspension of business at plants in Texas, Kansas, and Iowa, while the headquarters plant in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, struggles to continue operations. So far 650 employees have lost their jobs with several thousand more jobs at risk at companies that relied on BPI, affecting their families and communities.
The company’s founder, Eldon Roth, wrote in a March The Wall Street Journal ad that “Before last summer, we could not have imagined the personal, professional, financial and spiritual impact of the campaign of lies and deceit that have been waged against our company and the lean beef we produce.”
When challenged on the job losses by Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center, Avila arrogantly tweeted him saying “Let’s be clear. No one job loss if bpi had been upfront with consumers” and dismissed a rebuke from the American Meat Institute’s Janet Riley, saying, “I’m saying we don’t go to lobbyists paid by meat industry to get our experts.”
Not upfront with consumers? The product in its present form has been used for more than a decade with coverage in the Washington Post, the New York Times, a Hollywood movie and more! As for the “experts” in Avila’s reports, he chose a former federal bureaucrat who called the product “pink slime” in a ten-year-old email to fellow employees at the Department of Agriculture.
In an April Bloomberg Business Week article, reporters, Bryan Gruley and Elizabeth Campbell examined the way BPI had been subjected to “sliming”, noting that its finely textured lean beef had been purchased for use by McDonald’s, Wal-Mart Stores, Burger King, Kroger, Taco Bell, and scores of grocers for many years. In short, if you have had a hamburger in the past decade, you have eaten lean finely textured beef and enjoyed it.
Avila repeated the formula in July when ABC aired a story about “super bugs” that it alleged was a strain of bacteria in chicken that could lead to urinary infections in women. ABC did acknowledge that “there is no study showing a definitive link between the presence of e-coli in chicken and infection in women…” but not until viewers had become alarmed by the report.
Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., the vice president of science and technology for the National Chicken Council, noted that, even if there was a “super bug”, it would be easily avoidable through “proper cooking and handling of poultry products, because all bacteria, resistant or not, are killed by proper cooking.” Cooking meat properly is a 10,000 year-old practice, but when someone forgets to do it, Avila and ABC thinks it is news.
The kind of reporting that has become the hallmark of ABC News is an insult to everyone. In the case of BPI, it constitutes a bogus attack on the meat industry and is destructive of the livelihood of everyone fortunate to bring home a paycheck in those industries.
What happened to BPI can happen any time a reporter like Avila dispenses with the most fundamental standards of journalism.
The ABC News product increasingly ceases to be journalism. It is sensationalism. It is reprehensible. It’s time to let ABC News feel the sting of public disapproval.
© Alan Caruba, 2012
In Nevada, Politico’s Morning Score reports that Crossroads GPS is up with a new ad reminding Nevadans that before Shelley Berkley got to Washington, she advised her boss in a Vegas casino to buy off judges and county commissioners with campaign contributions. Shelley Berkley (is) under investigation for abusing her office, and the industry Berkley did favors for is still showering her with cash. It’s not surprising. Before she came to Congress, Berkley urged her boss at a Vegas casino to buy off judges and politicians with favors and campaign cash. Wrong then; wrong now. A disturbing pattern of unethical behavior. Shelley Berkley: everything that’s wrong with Washington.
“Bitter Partisanship” Making Spending Cuts Agreement Unlikely
The Associated Press reports, “Republicans and Democrats are sounding the alarm: The budget sequester is coming and we have to do everything to stop it. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says it will be devastating to the military. Manufacturers say it will mean the loss of tens of thousands of jobs. The White House fears cuts in everything from cancer research to the number of FBI agents. Some $110 billion in cuts kick in Jan. 2, hitting defense and domestic programs equally hard unless Congress figures out over the next five months a way to avoid the reductions. … [I]ncreasingly bitter partisanship and election-year politics make a solution unlikely before the November elections, leaving the issue to a jam-packed lame-duck session for Congress.”
Congress Forces Obama to Get Specific on the Sequester
Politico reports, “President Barack Obama — with a big nudge from Congress — is about to get much more specific about a touchy topic in the heat of his reelection campaign. Legislation Obama signed into law Tuesday will force him to detail early next month how he’d make the first phase of $1.2 trillion in spending cuts across the federal budget, from defense to education to the environment. Sure, Obama gets to spare the likes of Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and Pell Grants. But everything else could get whacked by the $109 billion in cuts set to begin in January, absent a last-minute deal with a divided Congress. The automatic reductions are a consequence of the congressional supercommittee’s failure last year to reach a deficit-slashing deal.”
WSJ Opinion: Health Care Law’s “Phony Deficit Reduction”
The Wall Street Journal editorializes, “ObamaCare creates two costly giveaways—an expansion of Medicaid and new subsidies for people purchasing private insurance. It ‘pays’ for both new entitlements by hiking taxes and penalties, and by raiding funds previously designated for Medicare. … Deficit reduction is code for increasing taxes faster than spending. What the nation needs is entitlement reform to reduce spending, and the best way to start is by repealing the two new entitlements in the Obama health law before they go into effect.”
Deficit Set to Exceed $1 Trillion
The Hill reports, “The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Tuesday estimated that the federal budget deficit stands at $975 billion through July. This guarantees that the deficit for fiscal 2012, which ends Sept. 30, will be above $1 trillion.The deficit under each year of the Obama administration will have exceeded $1 trillion, after coming to $459 billion in 2008…CBO reported that despite the budget battles between President Obama and Congress, spending is virtually identical this year to spending in 2011. Through July, the government spent $2.98 trillion, just $11 billion less than in 2011.”
State Budgets Improving But “remain vulnerable”
Reuters reports, “Revenues are improving and budget shortfalls are disappearing, but states face both domestic and international economic threats that could cut short their nascent recoveries, according to a report released on Tuesday. ‘While there are signs of improvement, the turnaround has been slow and uneven across the nation,’ the National Conference of State Legislatures said in a budget update. ‘Moreover, the newfound flexibility that lawmakers expect from improving revenues may be hobbled by mounting budget pressures.’ The European debt crisis, still-high jobless rates in many U.S. states, funding demands from healthcare reform, and the deficit are all some of the ‘considerable challenges’ confronting states, according to the study, which was released as part of NCSL’s legislative summit in Chicago. … Even though states’ revenues have grown over the last several years, they ‘have not rebounded in any significant fashion,’ Arturo Perez, the group’s fiscal affairs program director, said at the summit. Ultimately, ‘state budgets do remain vulnerable.’”
“Recession Generation” More Likely to Rent than Buy
Bloomberg reports, “The day Michael Anselmo signed a lease on his first apartment in New York City, he lost his job at Buck Consultants LLC. He spent about 10 months struggling to pay rent with unemployment benefits. Two years later he’s still hesitant to buy a home or even a road bike. … Anselmo and many of his peers are wary about making large purchases after entering adulthood in the deepest recession and weakest recovery since World War II. Confronting a jobless rate above 8 percent since 2009 and student-loan debt hitting about $1 trillion, 20-to-34-year-olds are renting apartments, cars and even clothing to save money and stay flexible.” Cliff Zukin, a public policy and political science professor at Rutgers University who researched effects of the recession on recent college graduates, said “‘This is a generation that is scared of commitment, wants to be light on their feet and needs to adjust to whatever happens. … What once was seen as a solid investment, like a house or a car, is now seen as a ball and chain with a lot of risk to it.’”
$7.5B Proposal for Amtrak Union Station Overhaul
The Washington Times editorializes, “Amtrak wants to take waste to new heights. On July 25, the government railroad service proposed to give Washington’s historic Union Station a $7.5 billion face-lift. And that’s before the budget goes off the rails. Apparently, no expense is to be spared if it furthers the Obama administration’s high-speed-rail scheme. Amtrak claims the renovation will stimulate $15 billion in gross regional product over the next couple of decades. Given government rail’s profitless track record, such predictions are wishful thinking. As House Transportation Committee Chairman John L. Mica, Florida Republican, artfully pointed out Thursday, Amtrak can’t even sell a hamburger without taking a loss. In 10 years of selling food and beverages on its choo-choos, Amtrak has racked up a staggering $833 million loss.”
Farm Bill Still Stalled as Drought Continues
The Hill reports, “President Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to pass the stalled five-year farm bill and said it, more than anything else, is the best way to combat the historic drought gripping most of rural America. … The House last week passed an emergency drought relief bill by a slim margin but the Senate, preferring to focus on a five-year farm program overhaul, declined to take up the measure. The House bill would have extended livestock and tree-grower disaster aid programs that expired in 2011, and House Republicans said the Senate would have to answer for the suffering by farmers and ranchers. House leaders, however, have been unwilling to bring up a House Agriculture Committee-passed five-year bill, which includes disaster aid and expanded crop insurance, despite its $35 billion in deficit cuts.”
WASHINGTON – Earlier today, President Obama signed into law the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012. The legislation, which had strong bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate, requires the President to detail how the administration plans to implement the budget sequestration cuts scheduled to take place on January 2, 2013.
Upon the President’s signing of the legislation, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan issued the following statement:
“The President’s signing of the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 is a welcome step toward providing Congress and American taxpayers with the transparency necessary to understand how sequestration will affect our national defense and key domestic priorities. With the President’s signature, the administration is required under the law to submit this report to Congress within 30 days.
“Allowing the sequester to occur would be a failure of leadership and a failure to govern. We must work together to replace these arbitrary cuts. The House passed legislation nearly three months ago to this end with a package of common sense spending reductions and reforms that more than offset the cost of the sequester. Unfortunately, we have not yet seen the same action from Senate Democrats and the President. The arbitrary cuts called for under sequestration would be a severe blow to our military and key domestic priorities. I urge the Senate and President Obama to follow our lead in providing an alternative to replace the harmful effects of sequestration.”
(Washington, D.C.) – On the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) spoke about jobs, the economy, and the importance of small businesses.
“No state has felt the brunt of this recession like the State of Nevada. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about what can be done to create jobs and get our economy moving. In order to help small businesses thrive again, we must tear down the barriers to growth and opportunity and launch this great nation into its next great chapter.”
The House passed a bill that would extend all of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for one year. (The week before the Senate passed a bill that would extend only a portion of the tax cuts.) The Senate, meanwhile, failed to achieve cloture on a cybersecurity bill.
On Friday, the two chambers adjourned for their August recess. They will return in early September with several items left on their agenda: a six-month continuing resolution, differences on the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, nearly 100 other expiring tax provisions, impending spending cuts mandated by last year’s debt ceiling deal, a farm bill, U.S. Postal Service reform and a trade bill with Russia.
What you paid
Last week taxpayers spent roughly $100 million on Congress. Click here for the full breakdown.
What you got
In addition to the legislation noted above, the House voted to pass five bills that would affect spending and revenues:[list type="arrow"] [li]
- H.R. 6233, Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012. SAVINGS: $256 million over 10 years compared to current baseline
- H.R. 6169, To provide for expedited consideration of a bill providing for comprehensive tax reform. COST: $0
- H.R. 4365, To amend title 5, United States Code, to make clear that accounts in the Thrift Savings Fund are subject to certain Federal tax levies. SAVINGS: Recovery of $24 million in unpaid taxes
- H.R. 828, Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2012. COST: $1 million in 2012
- S. 679, To reduce the number of executive positions subject to Senate confirmation. COST: $0
In addition to vote discussed above, the Senate confirmed Gershwin A. Drain to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Bankrupting America Posts 48 Billboards in 10 States
Arlington, Va. –Bankrupting America, a project of Public Notice, today announced the posting of 48 billboards in 10 different states across the country highlighting the harmful impact of America’s skyrocketing national debt and urging policymakers in Washington to take meaningful action to cut spending. This is part of Bankrupting America’s “Stop Digging” campaign sending the message to Congress and the president to focus on reducing the debt in the run-up to the November elections.
“Our goal is to shed light on the reckless and wasteful spending going on in Washington and the dangerous consequences if we continue at the rate we’ve seen in the last few years,” said Gretchen Hamel, executive director of Public Notice. “Since 2009, the debt has increased by 50 percent, skyrocketing to nearly $16 trillion – currently larger than the entire U.S. economy. We can’t afford to let Washington continue to ignore its spending problem and bankrupt our future.”
The billboards are located in major media markets in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, Iowa, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. Three different designs, titled “Not-So-Sweet 16,” “$16 Trillion in the Hole,” and “The Debt Falls on Their Shoulders” – each conveying the severity of our fiscal crisis – will run from Aug. 6 through Sept. 30.
“We want to educate and empower Americans with the facts they need about the real fiscal crisis our nation faces,” said Hamel. “The families and small business owners who drive by these billboards on their way to work have to set priorities and balance their budgets at home, it’s time for Washington to do the same. Both parties helped get us into this mess and we need to hold them accountable.”
“Americans know that debt comes from spending too much. Our message to Washington is simple: our nation is in a $16 trillion hole, it’s time to stop digging,” Hamel concluded.
The billboards come at the conclusion of a $1.2 million two-week national television and online debt reduction ad-buy called “Washington is Still Digging” by Public Notice’s sister organization, Public Notice Research and Education Fund (PNREF). The three different designs can be viewed here.