The Common Sense Party’s First Ad

Warning.  This is one of those posts where you might say – “damn you guest blogger Jeff, you are just too partisan”.  Or one that you might say “rock-on guest blogger Jeff”.

This ad has been in my head for months.  Had I been a political consultant or ad-man, it would have been on the air over the summer.  But since I am neither – it was not.  But now it is.

Most of you are going to react passionately to this ad.  You will think it is skewed either toward your view, or negatively partisan.

But in the end, the beauty of this ad is that is encapsulates the fundamental message of the Tea Party in completely non-partisan, common-sense terms, that are not only factually accurate, but completely appropriate and relevant for the national debate.

While it simplifies the issues around our national debt, it does so without extorting or extrapolating reality.

Enjoy! And for disclosure purposes, the funders are clearly right wing oriented.  Check out the website here.

– Guest Blogger Jeff

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One response to “The Common Sense Party’s First Ad

  1. Good analogy, and really lays out an unprecendented situation, unless you look at the immediate post WWII years. Actually would have proved a compelling add for standard Republicans.

    The problem with TEA party extremists is they are as intensly evasive, dismissive or dissimulating even about what preceded 2008 as they are rightious, loud and vague about dealing with the current circum.

    Like how did we get to 10 trillion in debt in 2008?

    And economics don’t always follow electoral cycles and changes in popular views. The thing is, we just went through a huge asset boom in real estate, followed by a massive bust that nearly upended the financial system. That isn’t mentioned, but is a key reason why things are not likely to grow to well in the near future (possibly even far future – Chile didn’t really regain sustainable, healthy growth until something like 12 years after the 1973 coup).

    So we are caught in a tough situation: Try shock therapy (cut spending and raise taxes) like that practiced in Latin America and E. Europe (in the 1980s and 1990s respectively) and hope for the best; or continue to spend at lesser levels (not do anymore bailouts, hope that costs associated with Iraq go down, etc.) and pray the economy regains sufficent momentum to grow out of the fix (like in the late 50s).

    I doubt either approach will prove effective to be honest.

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