Do you know who the number one Wall Street villain is? It’s not Bernie Madoff or Ken Lay. It is someone much more sinister. He towers over all these people yet is beloved and watched by children the world over. Worst of all he is a coward, so much so that he himself is yellow. Who is this menace? Find out after the break.
It’s this guy.
Don’t believe me? Just watch this:
Of course, everything I said before the break is hogwash. I’m trying to make the point that political ads really are pulling at straws these days. Any sort of slip-up or controversial statement is immediately turned into a defamatory ad. At its worst, a candidate might base his party’s national convention on it (a la Obama’s “you didn’t build that”). Words are being taken out of context, twisted to the point that they become unrecognizable, and then shoved in Americans’ faces. This kind of mud-slinging is causing candidates to become less and less willing to speak their mind because anything they say can and will be used against them.
(As a side bar, Sesame Street folks have asked Obama to pull the ad because they do not want to be involved in politics)
While this ad is rather imaginative, the underlying point is valid. Romney’s plan to reduce the deficit is ridiculous. Lowering taxes while closing loopholes will raise the deficit, according to a study done by the Economist. In addition to that, areas where he wants to cut funding, like PBS, make up minuscule portions of the national budget (PBS is 0.012 percent). If Romney really wants to fix the economy, he should carefully detail how he plans to do so. Telling people that it’s too boring to go into detail is not an adequate answer when the national election is a month away.
That being said, both candidates (Romney especially) seem to think telling the truth is not always necessary. The worst part is, news channels support this! Here’s another video:
Throughout the debate, Politifact checked almost all of the statements both candidates made; both are guilty of lying. However, when a news channel endorses lying, pretending facts don’t matter, that is unethical. I like to think that in the future ads will be more fact-based and less about making one’s opponent look bad. If I’m being honest however (ironic), it will likely be a while.
Now, to cheer everyone up, here’s a new Disney Pixar video: Partysaurus Rex!
- ‘Big, yellow, a menace’ snarks new Obama ad (leanforward.msnbc.com)
- Sesame Street asks Obama campaign to take down Big Bird ad (thehill.com)
- Barack Obama campaign ad attacks Mitt Romney over Big Bird (miamiherald.typepad.com)