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Gerald Ford may have said, "There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and there never will be under a Ford administration." But he was never stupid enough to make this.

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Wolf In Political Ad's Clothing

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  • by gandhi_2 (1108023) on Thursday February 04, 2010 @12:46PM (#31023696) Homepage

    the imagery is silly, but this guy DID campaign on fiscal conservatism while his actions in office were the opposite.

    california's budget problems aren't just his fault, it's a case study of liberal infinite government growth and public-sector labor union power. still, his his a fcino.

    • by jedidiah (1196)

      Let's see... not enough money? What is there to be done? You either CUT spending or your RAISE taxes. THAT is fiscal conservatism.

      All I see in this ad is a lot of whining about taxes. It's just pandering to the selfishness of the average voter.

      Plus it's entirely too long and unintentionally funny.

      • by gandhi_2 (1108023)

        Passing infinite costs on to the citizenry rather than reduce "entitlements" to the sick/lame/lazy or reduce an inflated and over-payed unionized workforce (which does decreasing amounts of work as time goes on) is tax-and-spend, not fiscal conservatism.

        But yeah, the look-and-feel of this ad is sad-funny as hell.

        It's just pandering to the selfishness of the average voter.

        The liberal approach, pandering to the selfishness of the woe-is-me crowd, is a better alternative?

        • by Nadaka (224565)

          As opposed to the "fiscally conservative" method of debt-and-spend championed by republicans?

      • All I see in this ad is a lot of whining about taxes. It's just pandering to the selfishness of the average voter

        You're telling me that a slave wanting freedom is being selfish? You are a bigger asshole than I am.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by ArcherB (796902)

        Let's see... not enough money? What is there to be done? You either CUT spending or your RAISE taxes. THAT is fiscal conservatism.

        Close. Fiscal Conservatism cuts spending AND taxes. Depending on which side of the Laffer curve you are on, cutting taxes actually RAISES revenue. This happened after GWB's tax cuts took effect. Bush cut taxes. Government took in record receipts (and then spent them!).

        • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

          by Anonymous Coward

          Depending on which side of the Laffer curve you are on, cutting taxes actually RAISES revenue. This happened after GWB's tax cuts took effect. Bush cut taxes. Government took in record receipts (and then spent them!).

          You're oversimplifying. Most of the increase in tax revenues came from corporate taxes, which didn't get a major cut in that period.

          See: http://www.factcheck.org/taxes/supply-side_spin.html [factcheck.org]

  • I like that the voice over was done by an actor who played a Bond villain (Robert Davi).
  • by mrdogi (82975)
    8 comments already, and not one of them mentioning anything about who this add is actually for. I'd have thought /. would have had something to say about Carly [carlyforcalifornia.com] I'm shocked and amazed.
    • by julesh (229690)

      8 comments already, and not one of them mentioning anything about who this add is actually for. I'd have thought /. would have had something to say about Carly I'm shocked and amazed.

      Probably because you have to pay attention to realise who the ad is for. For anyone who didn't spot it, it's Carly Fiorina [wikipedia.org]. Note that at roughly the same time as her target in this ad was making the supposedly poor decisions described in it, Carly was being forced to resign as CEO of HP, having presided over a 60% reduction i

  • So who was the poor shmuck paid by Carly for Congress that had to wear the sheep outfit with the red LED eyes and crawl around the field on hands and knees? I'm guessing it was the intern.
    • by Hinhule (811436)

      Pff, that was professional sheepery right there. Must have been a new zealander they know their sheep.

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