That Priorities USA Ad: Dishonest but Important

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That new Priorities USA ad which effectively blames Mitt Romney for a woman’s cancer death is a strange beast. It is at once the most dishonest and substantive ad of the summer.

Narrowly judged, the ad is scurrilous. It implies that a Romney-led takeover of GST Steel company in Missouri by Bain Capital left a GST worker, Joe Soptic, and his wife, Ilyana, without health insurance; that she delayed seeing a doctor for cost reasons; and that she received a fatally late diagnosis as a result. But a CNN fact-check severely undermines this narrative. Leave aside the fact that Mitt Romney had left Bain to manage the Salt Lake City Olympics when, in 2001, Bain shuttered GST. The more relevant fact, not mentioned by the ad, is that the man’s wife had her own health insurance, lost it when she was injured at her job, and did not fall ill until several years later. The distance between Romney and this woman’s tragic death is subtantial, and even if you want to argue the causal culpability of Romney and Bain, the ad deceitfully condenses the story.

But the more accurate version of this heartbreaking story is still worth telling. Indeed it may be the best illustration this campaign has offered of how politics affects the lives of ordinary people. America’s employer-based health insurance system–in which a layoff plus an illness can equal financial ruin or death–is a national embarrassment. Barack Obama took a crack at improving things with the Affordable Care Act, which at least in theory would have made affordable health care available to the Soptics regardless of their employment status. Mitt Romney would repeal “ObamaCare” (given a Republicans enough Congress), and replace it with fairly nebulous reforms based on state-level innovation and market competition.

Voters can judge which approach will work better. And there’s probably no “right” answer; it involves a combination of guesswork and an opinion about our national priorities, character and the role of government. But at least a story like the Soptics’ illuminates the kind of policy choices that lie at the heart of this election–certainly more so than advertisements about Romney’s foreign assets, or a distorted quote from the president. What it does not illuminate, with more than a candle’s flicker, is anything about Mitt Romney’s character or how he would govern the country. My advice for Priorities USA: take your ad back to the editing room and re-release it as an endorsement of Obamacare, and an argument for re-electing the President who will preserve it.

Epilogue: And now even the Romney campaign, oddly enough, is using this ad to tout the benefits of a health insurance mandate (in Massachusetts, that it). That I did not see coming….

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LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

This ad fully represents also the type of "campaigning" that Axelrode and Obama have employed through out Obama's career in politics.  Deceitful, deceptive and out-right lies against their opponents. 

It is CHICAGO-STYLE POLITICS.  You cannot have the meteoric rise in the political ranks Obama has had without it.  That's a fact.  

The problem will be, the media has been totally in bed with Obama and his goons.  Next you will be seeing article after article coming from the likes of TIME and other liberal media types trying their hardest to shore up Obama's credibility, while at the same time using any little thing to attack Romney with.  Well you better wake up TIME, people are sick and tired of your games.  We just want the truth.  We want you to tell the story as it is with NO SPIN.  It is time, TIME gets off the Obama bandwagon and starts doing it's job.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

When you tell lies, you have to cover them up with even more LIES.  Now the White House is doubling down on the lies.  

"Oops? President Barack Obama's re-election campaign washed its hands Wednesday of an independent group's vicious (and misleading) ad effectively blaming Mitt Romney for the death of a laid-off steelworker's wife from cancer. Campaign officials flatly denied any knowledge of the facts in the case—but it turns out the widower told the same story on an Obama campaign conference call in mid-May. (The Obama campaign responded late in the day: See update below).

"We have nothing, no involvement, with any ads that are done by Priorities USA. We don't have any knowledge of the story of the family," Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday.

The ad features Joe Soptic, who lost his job and his health benefits after Romney's Bain Capital closed the GST Steel plant in Kansas City, Mo., in 2001. Soptic later told CNN that his wife had health insurance through her own employer from that point to 2002 or 2003, when she left that job because of an injury—a detail that undermines the ad's heartbreaking narrative."I don't know the facts about when Mr. Soptic's wife got sick, or the facts about his health insurance," deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter told CNN on Wednesday.

But there's a problem. As Politico first reported, Soptic told essentially the same story in a May 14, 2012, conference call hosted by the Obama campaign. Here's what he said then, according to a partial recording of the call passed along by a Republican official:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ti...

Barry Hussein Soetoro-Obama better come back out quick and OWN this one, or he will go down as a LIAR.  Nobody will back a LIAR for President of the United States.  No one.

politathiest
politathiest

bush lied about the intelligent about iraqs weapon . got scooter to go after anybody that proved otherwise. that little lie only cost us about 4,000,000,000,000 dollars . Maybe instead of being liberallies, you should sign on as conservativeliescost trillions! you should also be fair and admit that Mitt it is also doubling down on his lie about wralfare waivers he himself asked for. Hypocrit!

gysgt213
gysgt213

Ads in general by their very nature are dishonest and deceptive. Political ads are no different.  To declare one as the most dishonest and deceptive is a joke.

bobell
bobell

The Joe Soptic ad is factually inaccurate, but the ideas it represents are true: Bain did kill a lot of jobs.  People who lost their jobs lost their employment-based health insurance.  This severely worsened the economic condition of most of them and made it harder for them to afford health insurance and care.  Some laid-off workers and their dependents suffered deteriorated health as a result of losing the insurance. All of that is true.

People seem to forget that Harry and Louise were actors. There is a difference between literal reality and what you see in ads of all kinds, political ads being no exception.  You don't have to believe that the smiling "dentist" peddling a tooth whitener is really a dentist to believe that the tooth whitener might whiten your teeth.  If it will, the ad is fundamentally true;  If it won't, the ad is false.

The Joe Soptic ad is fundamentally true.  Put a disclaimer at the bottom -- Joe Soptic is a paid spokesman, or something like that -- and it remains true.

That, I think, is Michael's point.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

The ad is NOT true, and it also slanders Mitt Romney by trying to demonize him as someone who would allow a poor woman to die from cancer.  It attempts to make Mitt Romney responsible for this woman's death. There isn't anything that Obama can do to go any lower on the scale of political attack ads that go way beyond the scope of what is decent and honest.

It is clear what the ad was intended to do.  Demonize Romney while victimizing this family.  Nothing more, nothing less.  The only connection to Obama and his ObamaCare tax law is to show that had ObamaCare been in place prior to the closing of Bain, she may have been saved by ObamaCare, which she wouldn't have been.  

1st fact.  The woman went into the hospital due to suspected pneumonia.  During the testing it was found that she also had cancer of the lungs, which had spread to the point of stage IV.  No amount of insurance would have saved her life.  Of course that is not pointed out in the ad with the exception of "she died 22 days later" after going into the hospital.  

This ad sets the bar for the most devious, dishonest ad ever produced for a Presidential election.  Even Richard Nixon wasn't this low as a pond scum liar.  And before you go off touting "Obama had nothing to do with it".  Yes he did.

Not only did Stephanie Cutter get caught up in a LIE that she knew nothing about the Scoptic family, she had the man on one of her phone conferences discussing this exact ad in May.  Burton was Obama's former spokesperson, and you do not get any closer to the Administration than that.  

Chicago-style politics anyone???

bobell
bobell

LL -- It is true that Bain, of which Romney was at least nominal CEO: in 2001, closed lots of companies and laid off lots of workers.  It is true that most of those workers lost their health insurance. It is true that people without health insurance get less care, on average, than people who do have it.  It is true -- like it or not -- that some people without health insurance die of conditions that could have been diagnosed and treated if they'd visited a doctor earlier.  If you're trying to tell me that nothing Romney did when he was running Bain Capital caused anyone to forgo potentially llive-saving diagnosis or treatment, I think you should reconsider.  I'm not accusing him of murder, but acts have consequences.

Under ObamaCare, the federal government would insure that people like Skoptic and his wife would have medical care, employed or not.  Just as they would have had it in Massachusetts under RomneyCare, had they been living there at the time of the layoff.

I think we've staked out our positions on this one.  Do you think we'll get an MMR today after yesterday's omission?

carolerae
carolerae

I don't need an ad to clarify Romney's character.  He's been quite successful showing people who he really is.  All you have to do is Watch.  The Primary Debates were extremely informative.

Sardonic_Soul
Sardonic_Soul

I love Socialist Science and Socialist thinking!!!  They defy physics!  They defy Gravity!!!  They are a philosophy of belief!  Pick a fear, an anxiety!!!  Blame it on someone you don't like!  Then tell the reader if they like this OTHER Socialist type person the problem will instantly go away!!!   A man's wife dies!  It's Romney's Fault!!  Vote for Obama and HE WILL PERSONALLY RESURRECT HER!!!   He has the POW-ure!!!     I don't what's more incredible.  That Time publishes this drivel, or that people pay to READ it?  (Not me!!!  I have Time on my shortcut bar -- it's better than the funnies!!)  PT Barnum was RIGHT!!    Suckers ARE born every minute, and they all come out voting for Obama!!!   And Believing that their answer is..... SOMEWHERE in TIME!!!

politathiest
politathiest

Hey Sardonic, still afraid to discuss facts. there is no such thing as pure capitalism except for china and oligarchy of russia right now , kind of funny how that worked out ay. every industrialized and democr atic country in the world is some degree of socialism . including this one! socialism can be but is not necessarily and economic system . we are a socialist market economy . socialism in this case is simply stating how much and to what degree we decide we care for and share with our fellow citizens . capitalism is really not a new idea ,it existed before rome in a certain form . if you look at the countries that have gone to a radical form of socialism or communism they have com about after wealth had been concentrated among the few and the poor got tired of it and revolted . Czarist Russia, china cuba , venezuela , el salvador , even the french revolution was because of wealth disparity . it is a absolute joke that people try and call this a christian nation , when most of those claiming to be so seem to want to focus only on it's mine mine mine no you can't have any . any system of sharing can be abused and set up a system of dependency . but almost always the bigger problem which we are seeing now comes down to greed and the eventual concentration of wealth . history has shown that the greed of the wealthy can always damage an economy and country more than any possible dependency . there are a number of examples which shows you can have a correct mix of market economies and a generous shared sociel system . norway is 1 of the most socialist system as far as how much they share with each other . yet they use conservative and quite capitalistic investing strategies. they have 1 of the most generous healthcare systems and yet as a country they've managed to save a national surplus of almost 1,000,000,000,000 dollars . based on population that would be like us having a surplus of about 20 trillion. germany and canade other good examples of varying degrees of more socialist countries than ours that are doing better than us. it's not about the "ism" , that fear has been trotted out for 100 years now just to scare people into allowing the wealthy to accumulate more wealth. the accumulation of wells became a serious issue after the gilded age in the late 1800s and the last time we had this level of wealth and income disparity was 1929 . radical socialism was actually gaining ground at that time . based on the projection of where we going and current level of growing wealth and income disparity , you will soon understand and be bowing to your oligarchy masters .

politathiest
politathiest

this ad was basically about healthcare and the affects of some not having access to it . does it matter if his story is true or not there are plenty of people out there that have legitimate stories where this has been a problem . 1 last time , 3xfire3, last time to have a real discussion on the underlying obamacare which this ad represents . I won't repeat my other blogs about heritage care as nobody seems to care . here are the republicans that supported it in 93. notice how many are still an office and vehemently opposed obamacare .

Republican Supporters of Individual Mandate in 1993

There were 19 Republican Senators who cosponsored the bill. They were:

Sen. Robert F. Bennett or Utah Sen. Christopher S. Bond of Missouri Sen. William S. Cohen of Maine Sen. John C. Danforth of Missouri Sen. Robert J. Dole of Kansas Sen. Pete V. Domenici of New Mexico Sen. Dave Durenberger of Minnesota Sen. Lauch Faircloth of North Carolina Sen. Slade Gorton of Washington Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa Sen. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah Sen. Mark O. Hatfield of Oregon Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum of Kansas Sen. Richard G. Lugar of Indiana Sen. Alan K. Simpson of Wyoming Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska Sen. John Warner of Virginia Sen. Hank Brown of Colorado

There were two Democratic cosponsors, Sens. David L. Boren of Oklahoma and Robert J. Kerrey of Nebrask

George H.W. Bush and the Individual Mandate

Bush called for insuring all Americans in his January 1992 State of the Union speech, saying:

"My plan provides insurance security for all Americans while preserving and increasing the idea of choice. We make basic health insurance affordable for all low-income people not now covered. We do it by providing a health-insurance tax credit of up to $3,750 for each low-income family.

"The middle class gets help, too. And by reforming the health insurance market, my plan assures that Americans will have access to basic health insurance even if they change jobs or develop serious health problem. We must bring costs under control, preserve quality, preserve choice and reduce people's nagging daily worry about health insurance. My plan, the details of which I will announce shortly, does just that."

The idea of the individual mandate dates to 1989 and is widely attributed to Mark Pauly, a health-care policy expert who was advising the Bush White House on the issue at the time. Conservative policy experts at the Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute were also said to be developing such a plan at the same time.

Sardonic_Soul
Sardonic_Soul

This ad is about lying, and Obama's willingness to use it to win by any means.  He's a Chicago Con Man and his "Affordable Care act" is neither affordable, nor does it care for us, however it is most assuredly an act!!!

politathiest
politathiest

it would be nice if we could stop acting like we're appalled or disgusted or upset about unfair ads on either side . forms like this are a lot on people showing 0 so much discust on the ads being shown , and trying to 1 up the other sides dishonesty over another . but when you put out facts and logical arguments about the underlying subject being discussed in the article , almost no 1 wants to write or comment on those facts but on some general rhetoric they heard from their sides pundits. do just a little history on the campaigns and rhetoric of the first 4 presidential races . Adams, Jefferson, etc. make current campaigns sound like they were written by mother teresa! the fax are that the studies show that as much as we say we hate them we tend to respond most to the negative ads . all I'm asking is that we stop pretending that 1 side is better than the other and debate simply on the fax and be willing to admit that our side has been wrong and be able to admit that more times than not the answer lies somewhere in the middle . with the country being as polarized as it is now I don't see that happening anytime soon .

Sardonic_Soul
Sardonic_Soul

The underlying subject is lying and a man SWORN to protect us using it as a weapon in a most deceitful way.    This ..... person... you're letting into your WALLET??  What are you nuts??

politathiest
politathiest

Pleeeez, this wasn't the president lying it was a super pac saying whatever it wanted . this is exactly what republicans wanted , unlimited money to say whatever they want no matter what the fax may be. this is the bastrd child of gop strategy. and even if it was obama directly , the fact that all politicians by nature lie should be of no surprise to anyone . another poster posted this link that shows all the scandals and corruption of all the presidential administrations for the last 20 years! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.... I'm not want to keep score but the GOP administration seem to have a lot more associated with them . unfortunly the politicians are really not the 1 to blame . they are simply giving us what we expect . we are more divided as a country then many other times , an idiot talking heads have convinced us that we must win at all costs . politicians are only giving us what we ask for . I have seen the enemy and it is us .so stop being outraged and pick a side like a good little boy that they want us to be , forget about compromise and just wait for the country to implode !

3xfire3
3xfire3

That Priorities USA Ad: Dishonest but Important

Michael,

Trying to spin this as something other than the garbage it is shows what a low life you really are. you are one oor excuse for a journalist.

StanleyCupp
StanleyCupp

 Cry me a river, I cried a river over you...

politathiest
politathiest

Stanley, stop, my sides are splitting, and I am really old and shriveled .

politathiest
politathiest

Hey sardonic, death panels ? Seriously? talk about out right lies and misinformation ! why are people like you so afraid to respond to my multiple texts showing that obama care ann romney care started out as the heritage foundations idea in 89 , presented by republicans in 93 , and not a word against the idea for 20 years right up to the day that obama decided to adopt the idea . why don't you answer the question as to why it was okay for all those years and almost over night it became a bad idea . lies and hypocrisy does no bounds in the gop. unfortunately the democrats have felt they've needed to learn from the gop handbook . answer my question first and then you can give all the platitudes you want !

Sardonic_Soul
Sardonic_Soul

If you are old, shriveled, and have splitting sides, the Affordable Care Act  has JUST the cure.  It's called a Death committee, and if they recommend you take a shower, run.

michael
michael

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unknownstuff
unknownstuff

Most dishonest ad SO FAR.  I'm sure both sides will try hard to put up more dishonest ads.

bobell
bobell

Actually, it's less dishonest than, for example, the current ad about Obama's alleged softness on wlfare, which is an outright lie.  The guy in the Obama ad did lose his insurance when Bain Capital, of which Romney was then CEO, sole owner, etc., closed the plant where he worked.  His wife was without any health insurance after she lost her job, but she could have been on his policy if he wasn't unemployed. Also, as a Romney spokesman pointed out, all would have been just fine for them if only they'd live in Massachusetts where the Romney health plan would  have guaranteed them insurance without regard to whether they were employed.

The Romney ad says the feds are granting states waivers to allow them to ignore the work requirement of the welfare reform act. That is false.  I don't think any state has even asked for such a waiver. Also, two Republican governors are among the five who have so far sought one; surely they don't want to return to the era of the mythical Welfare Queen.  Bill Clinton himself, who is cited in the ad, has said that the requested waivers are proper and do not cut into the work requirement. The announcement by HEW of a willingness to consider waiver requests states that no waiver will be approved f it cuts into the work requirement. And any sane person knows that the reason so many people on welfare aren't working is because unemployment is rampant, and lots of people who were never on welfare also aren't working now.  It's hard to enforce a requirement that people work when there are no jobs.  (Hey -- here's an idea: Why doesn't the government stimulate the economy so that it will create some jobs for people on welfare?)

But that's reality, and we can't let a little thing like reality intrude on our hate of Obama.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

Wrong. The waivers are for States to "demonstrate" alternatives to the work requirement which by law cannot be waived. That's the fact jack.

bobell
bobell

Easy, there, LL.  Let's try to make nice, okay?

As for your specific point, it does differ from what I said.  I got that detail wrong. But the key point remains that under the law the feds can't waive and don't plan to waive the work requirement.  I have no idea what a suitable "alternative" is, but I'm not steeped in the lore, but I assume that will be worked out in the waiver process.  If the point of the waiver request is to allow the states to violate the law, I wonder why any Republican governors have sought waivers.

I don't think you disagree wth the basic fact that at current levels of unemployment (and let's not try, at least here, to decide whom to blame for that) it's nigh impossible for people to get off welfare and into a job.  Anything a state government can do to ameliorate that problem is likely to be worthwhile. Why don't we wait and see what they come up with?

The basic point -- that there's no reason to think the Administration is trying to dilute the work requirement -- remains.  Unless, of course, you don't trust the feds (and at least two Republican governores) to follow the law.  If that's your position, we at least know where we differ.

politathiest
politathiest

These "waivers" have been asked for by almost every governor both republican and democrat including your precious mitt from when he was governor . it is not a cart Blanche to do whatever they want it's just a request . again mitt romney asked for this same thing , I guess that makes him an even bigger hypocrite than usual right .

3xfire3
3xfire3

Obama campaign aide accused of lying over anti-Romney ad, ties to steelworker

A top Obama campaign official is being accused of lying over what she knew about the man at the center of a damning super PAC ad tying his wife's death to Mitt Romney.

Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter appeared on CNN Wednesday morning to say, among other things, that "I don't know the facts" about the case of Joe Soptic, a steelworker who appeared in a controversial ad for the pro-Obama super-PAC Priorities USA. In the ad, Soptic, recounts how his wife died of cancer after he lost his health insurance when his plant was shuttered after a takeover by Bain Capital and other companies working with the private equity firm.

Cutter said she didn't know when Soptic's wife fell ill, or about his health insurance.

Yet in May of this year, Cutter herself hosted a conference call in which Soptic detailed his case to reporters. During the call, as he did in the ad, Soptic explained how his wife fell ill after he lost his job, and how he lost his health insurance. The call took place as Soptic began appearing in Obama campaign ads, and was featured in a profile on the Obama campaign website.

The campaign profile listed Soptic as one of the "faces of Romney economics."

Cutter wasn't the only Obama campaign official caught up in the controversy.

"This is an ad by an entity that's not controlled by campaign. I certainly don't know the specifics of this man's case," campaign adviser Robert Gibbs said on MSNBC. Another Obama campaign spokeswoman separately told reporters that the campaign had no knowledge of the family involved.

 

Super PACs and the presidential campaigns are technically separate organizations, or are supposed to be. Both presidential campaigns have in the past cited that separation whenever challenged on super PAC ads. Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt again stressed Wednesday, in response to the criticism, that "we can't coordinate with super PACs and didn't produce" the ad.

 

In an email to FoxNews.com, LaBolt also acknowledged the conference call but suggested that was beside the point. The email did not address the allegation that anybody had lied.

"Joe Soptic suffered when he lost his job in the aftermath of the GST Steel plant closing, and no one is denying that he discussed that when he appeared in a campaign advertisement and on a conference call. The important point here is that Mitt Romney's campaign is based solely on his experience as a corporate buyout specialist, and while he has been quick to claim he created jobs, he refuses to accept responsibility for the jobs that were lost and workers that were impacted," he said.

Romney's campaign, after decrying the ad on Tuesday, accused Obama's team Wednesday of flat-out "lying" about their familiarity with the case.

 

"President Obama and his campaign are willing to say and do anything to hide the President's disappointing record. But they're not entitled to repeatedly mislead voters," Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking to Fox News, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul also called the ad "disgusting" and "despicable." She said the ad "just shows the depth to which the Obama campaign and their allies will go to try to smear Mitt Romney."

http://www.foxnews.com/politic...

StanleyCupp
StanleyCupp

 Oh well, sucks to be you. Citizen's United. Back atcha Turdblossom.

politathiest
politathiest

using fox news to quote anything serious already put you in the suspicious category . if the 3 major networks lean to the left , fox news fall down the mountain to the right . you admitted that both sides lie yet you want to put 1 side at priority over the other . what about death panels , romney is doubling down on his lie about the president stripping welfare reform . 1 side is not any better than the other if we're completely honest . I pointed out in a number of listings below , that on this subject , the gop are the biggest hypocrites of all yet nobody wants to talk about it . before it was obama care and before it was romneycare it was heritage care . it was no different than what obama has and it was voted on by all republicans in 93 including the most important part as the mandate . not a word about how bad it was up until the day that obama said sure let's go with the heritage idea . all the hype that has been put on obamacare , all the negative aspects all the unconstitutionality issues were never a problem when it was proposed by conservative republicans . yet nobody here wants to admit that or deal with that issue or even try to deny it .

politathiest
politathiest

P.S. you still haven't commented on the disproportionate corruption and money given to buddy's of the bush administration compared to that of obama . I can fully admit obama may have given a few billions to friends but it's nothing compared to the trillions wasted due to the corruption of the bush administration

politathiest
politathiest

if I have the power to rewrite history then I learned it from gop strategist , pleezz! I and other bloggers have given our sources a number of times the fact that you choose to ignore them or discount them just shows your inwilling to discuss anything rationally or logically . by the way does karl rove ever give you back room bloggers a pee break ? do you guys have a list of platitudes that you spit out or do you just create them on the fly . always rhetoric never substance , doesn't that get tiring and depressing after a while

Sardonic_Soul
Sardonic_Soul

Wow!  I'd love to know YOUR sources!! Or are you a Socialist Scientist with a specialty in Socialist Accounting?  If you are then it doesn't matter what the facts are -- they are what you want them to be.  You have the POW-ure!!! to Rewrite History to your LIKING!!!

politathiest
politathiest

Dang 53, saved me the hastle, I still say the orgygate who was by far the best ! 3x isn't responding! P.s. Issa has got to be 1 of the biggest tools in washington

53underscore3
53underscore3

3xfire3:

I can't believe you were actually stupid enough to ask for facts to back up his claims that the Bush Administration was the most corrupt!

politathiest
politathiest

how about this for a start . you don't need much evidence to know how much companies like halliburton and the oil companies made of of the war . do you really need all the details on that .

As Congress prepares to debate expansion of drilling in taxpayer-owned coastal waters, the Interior Department agency that collects oil and gas royalties has been caught up in a wide-ranging ethics scandal —including allegations of financial self-dealing, accepting gifts from energy companies, cocaine use and sexual misconduct.

In three reports delivered to Congress on Wednesday, the department’s inspector general, Earl E. Devaney, found wrongdoing by a dozen current and former employees of the Minerals Management Service, which collects about $10 billion in royalties annually and is one of the government’s largest sources of revenue other than taxes.

“A culture of ethical failure” pervades the agency, Mr. Devaney wrote in a cover memo.

The reports portray a dysfunctional organization that has been riddled with conflicts of interest, unprofessional behavior and a free-for-all atmosphere for much of the Bush administration’s watch.

...

Two other reports focus on “a culture of substance abuse and promiscuity” in the service’s royalty-in-kind program.

...

The investigation also concluded that several of the officials “frequently consumed alcohol at industry functions, had used cocaine and marijuana, and had sexual relationships with oil and gas company representatives.”

3xfire3
3xfire3

Fool,

Do you have any real facts to back up your ignorant claims?

StanleyCupp
StanleyCupp

 He never will, he's an old shriveled coward.

3xfire3
3xfire3

Why the Obama Super PAC Ad Is Different

 

By Mark Halperin

There is a fair amount of outrage on the left directed at journalists who seem intent on holding the Obamans accountable for the Priorities USA TV ad that features a man explaining how Mitt Romney’s actions at Bain Capital led to his wife’s death. The left (echoing the White House and Chicago) feels the press should instead focus on a new Romney campaign commercial about the President and welfare policy.

Here’s the thing: both sides already have made ads that, unfortunately and undeniably, stretch the truth on various matters of policy. Pinocchios have been given out left and right like speeding tickets on the Connecticut Turnpike. The ads routinely take a kernel of truth and explode it into a false or highly misleading TV spot: behold that new Romney ad on welfare and a recent Obama ad on Romney’s abortion position.

Such policy distortions are par for the course in campaigns these days. It has gotten worse over time, to be sure. Campaigns don’t care about being called out for a false commercial any more. They often welcome it, in fact, because the controversy that gets whipped up by their opponent or independent fact checkers results in a heap of earned media coverage.

This new super PAC spot, called “Understands,” which the White House and the Obama campaign decline to repudiate, is a horse of a different color. It really isn’t about policy (although some Democrats will claim otherwise). It is meant to use the emotion of a tragic story told by a bereaved widower to make voters think Governor Romney is callous and indifferent, and even is accountable for a woman’s death.

Responsible journalists will continue to do their best in the Freak Show environment to truth squad every ad, video, and communication. But when lines of decency are crossed, more strenuous efforts are required.

And the distinction the Obamans are trying to draw between a super PAC ad and a campaign ad are meaningless in this case. The campaign didn’t make the ad, but they could publicly call for it to be pulled off the air if they wanted it snuffed out. They aren’t, and they don’t.

Additional facts:

The ad did not reveal key details about the timeline of Soptic's case. First, Soptic's wife initially had her own health insurance after her husband lost his job. Second, Soptic's wife was diagnosed with cancer several years later and died in 2006, five years after her husband's company, GST, filed for bankruptcy and long after Romney had left Bain Capital.

Sardonic_Soul
Sardonic_Soul

Yeah, when you're caught red handed lying, throw handgrenades for a distraction.  Who cares who gets hurt?  

53underscore3
53underscore3

Stop whining.

This is Citizens' United and GOP tactics at work.

Problem is for you, me scurrilous bigot, that you can't stand that they have to turn to this to beat the tar of that half inflated candidate of yours.

Obama 2012.