Barack Obama has a new television ad that’s airing in 18 states, including here in Colorado. Marc Ambinder has the video and transcript:
OBAMA: Iâ€™m Barack Obama, and I approve this message. Announcer: He worked his way through college and Harvard Law. Turned down big money offers, and helped lift neighborhoods stung by job loss. Fought for workersâ€™ rights. He passed a law to move people from welfare to work, slashed the rolls by eighty percent. Passed tax cuts for workers; health care for kids. As president, heâ€™ll end tax breaks for companies that export jobs, reward those that create jobs in America. And never forget the dignity that comes from work.
Very cleverly worded to exaggerate Barack Obama’s role on each of the main points taken from his record as an Illinois state legislator. Of course, someone with only legislative experience couldn’t “pass” bills, unless he provided a decisive vote or decisive support in a close tally. The Washington Post makes it clear that Obama was just a legislative sponsor or co-sponsor for the “tax cuts for workers” (which passed 59-0) and the welfare roll back (which passed 56-1).
In the case of the 2000 Illinois earned income tax credit, Barack Obama signed on as a co-sponsor the day after the bill passed the state senate. The 1997 state law cutting Illinois’ welfare rolls was done to comply with the federal reform passed by President Clinton and a Republican Congress, and Obama dragged his feet in agreeing to the Illinois senate bill: â€œI am not a defender of the status quo with respect to welfare. Having said that, I probably would not have supported the federal legislation, because I think it had some problems.â€
What about the health insurance program for kids? It’s indisputable that Barack Obama (aka Obamessiah) is responsible for expanding state-sponsored health insurance in Illinois. The bill, passed in 2003, cost the state of Illinois $26 million at a time it faced a very difficult $3.6 billion deficit.
The rest of the story of Barack Obama’s ad? Fiscal responsibility, and honesty, aren’t exactly his strong suits, especially when trying to bolster a very thin record of very limited accomplishments. Something for Coloradans to keep in mind as this ad assaults us on the airwaves in the coming days and weeks. Don’t worry, though … the Obamessiah has promised “hope” and “change”.