Hi so I signed up for the “Truth Team” thing by Obama’s campaign. Mostly to get in on the shits and giggles of seeing bullshit pointed out. Kind of like Mitt Romney screwing up by talking about American-made and hometown pride and driving around in an imported fucking car. The point of the Truth Team is to combat lies being perpetuated by opponents but I’m using it to have a laugh at the staggeringly stupid levels of hypocrisy I’m going to be shown. Of course if someone asks me about a thing I will do as the point is and tell them the truth, yeah, but, I think it’s more fun to yuck it up.
At the end of this there was an ad for Obama-themed St Patrick’s shirts because Obama has Irish blood in him (like pretty much every other fucking American LMFAO). But yeah I hate St Patrick’s Day so SKIPPING THAT…
So anyway here’s what they sent me:
“Welcome to the Truth Team tipsheet. You signed up to be part of the team that fights back, and there’s no time to waste.
This is the first of regular updates we’ll be sending with actions you can take immediately to help support the President — to debunk false attacks and make sure folks hear about what we’ve accomplished.
Here’s how it works: We’ll round up the best of our posts and turn them into short items, with
Facebook and Twitter buttons [links] after each so you can instantly share them with friends and family as you go down the list. [Also, the links in the items have Twitter, Email, and Facebook buttons.]
Read through this week’s news, then do something about it:
#1 ROMNEY FLIPS ON EARMARKS
This morning, Mitt’s up with a new ad in Michigan slamming Rick Santorum for supporting earmarks. The thing is, before he ran for president, Mitt Romney was a pretty big fan of earmarks himself. In 2002, he requested “hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid” for the Salt Lake City Olympics. He did it as governor of Massachusetts for the Big Dig project too, saying “I’d be embarrassed if I didn’t always ask for federal money whenever I got the chance.” Call him on his hypocrisy while the story’s still breaking:
[No fucking surprise here because these pseudo conservatives just LOVE to waste taxpayer money on patriotism (and Christian-oriented) shit.]
#2 SANTORUM’S BIG BUDGET PLANS
This week, after President Obama released his 2013 budget plan, Rick Santorum called it “preposterous, not only in overall funding but in priorities.” But a closer look at Santorum’s plan shows he’d cut taxes for the wealthy, raise taxes for some families with children, and slash Social Security and Medicare under the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” plan. Here’s the best part: Santorum’s plan won’t balance anything — it actually adds to the deficit. Preposterous, indeed. Fight back:
(No surprise here either, not that I’m inherently supporting Obama’s plans over everyone else’s, but, these guys are bought and paid for by corporations, so obviously they give breaks to CEOs. Speaking of which, did Obama end the Bush tax shit or not? I can’t remember. If he hasn’t that’s hypocritical of him as well.)
#3 RUBIO’S CONTRACEPTION PLAN
In response to President Obama’s decision that all women should have access to contraception, free of cost, Senator Rubio introduced a bill that would let any organization, religious or not, sidestep this rule, putting a woman’s access to contraception at the whim of her employer. His solution for women who still would like it? Pay for it themselves, or find somewhere else to work. Folks need to hear what the GOP’s trying to do. Pass it on:
(lol so like instead of repealing what Obama put forth we’ll just paint over it?? Yes we need to waste more paper. No I’m not going to point out the obvious bullshit of trying to stop contraceptive care in the first place because it’s been beat to death. Just laughing at the paper olympics.)
#4 “LET DETROIT GO BANKRUPT”
When it comes to the auto recovery, Romney and Santorum continue to argue that a “managed” bankruptcy would’ve been better. Romney’s famously said “Let Detroit go bankrupt,” and Santorum would’ve preferred an industry “meltdown.” This week, GM posted its largest profit in its history, and last month, it reclaimed its title as the “World’s Largest Automaker.” 1.4 million jobs were saved under the auto recovery. They’re refusing to admit that the recovery’s working, and it’s time to call them on it. Show that we will:
(While I agree that the government shouldn’t be bailing large swaths of people, if I recall the auto industry did repay all its loans and yes it is doing just fine. However whether that’s due to the bailouts or not is arguable I would guess, but regardless they’re completely fine and maybe a meltdown might’ve taken them longer to bounce back from than a simple loan.)
And now for Good News…
#5 KEEPING HIS WORD ON HATE CRIMES
As a senator, Barack Obama co-sponsored hate crime legislation because he believes that “…nobody in this country who should suffer violence because of who they are, what they look like, what they believe in, what faith they worship.” As President, he kept his word, signing the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act to strengthen protection against crimes based on race, color, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or gender. This is a promise kept. Spread the good news:
(Okay this one’s just stupid because he did that a long fucking time ago so you know he can’t cling to that. There’s not a lot of promises he’s kept and while it’s understandable that he’s had a lot of shit to go through uhm there’s no doubt he’s been pussyfooting around other related issues like DADT, ENDA, SNDA, and DOMA. He also promised, like Bush, to formally and politically acknowledge the Armenian genocide, if I recall correctly, and he has yet to do so.)
#6 RECOVERY ACT ANNIVERSARY
Three years ago today, President Obama signed the Recovery Act into law. Since then, more than 70,000 small businesses were able to receive loans to get started or stay on their feet. We put together a short video on the story of Bill, one business owner who has benefited from the Recovery Act. Pass it on:
(Eh no still don’t like government loans. The loaning business is a tricky one and can hurt a lot of people and lose a lot of money. What should be done instead is regulations to keep regular loaners from scamming people, not risking taxpayer money in investing in small businesses that may or may not make it. Or, hey, have the option to donate to a specific grant, instead of doing it mandatory, that way people can choose what business to participate in loaning to and the only people risking their money are people who choose to do so and choose how much.)
Every day from now until November, there will be misleading news stories, attacks, and flat-out lies about the President’s record. It’s our job set to them straight — and nothing works better than the truth, backed by sound sources.
Fight back by spreading the word today.
Until next time,