If ever there was an organization that’s built to spin political yarns, it’s the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, aka ABM, aka Dayton Family Politics, Inc.
Recently, ABM posted this drivel:
“Today Cravaack voted to put trillions of dollars in the pockets of big corporations by ripping it out of the hands of Minnesota families,” Carrie Lucking, Executive Director of the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, said. “This is a question of priorities. Cravaack repeatedly puts the interests of big corporations with their lobbyists and limousines over the needs of middle class families in Northeast Minnesota. Instead of toeing the extreme, special interest party line, Cravaack should be representing the interests of Northeastern Minnesotans.”
Carrie Lucking is full of it. It’s time to tell her and her herd of professional propagandists that enough’s enough. Does Ms. Lucking think that Chip put the interests of big corporations ahead of miners when he fought to make PolyMet a reality?
As for the special interests, when didn’t Jim Oberstar put militant environmentalists’ interests ahead of the miners?
Here’s another gem from ABM’s post:
The House Republican budget plan will cut roughly 4.1 million jobs. [The Economic Policy Institute, 3/21/12]
The model used to reach this job creation fiction is the same model used by Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein in estimating the effect of the stimulus bill. We all know that those estimates were way off, don’t we?
When miners were crying for jobs, it was Chip Cravaack, not Amy Klobuchar, who put a high priority on making PolyMet a reality. There’s no more group of people more representatiive of working families than miners.
It’s interesting that ABM sings Sen. Klobuchar’s praises for ignoring the miners but criticizes Chip for putting “working families” first.
Chip didn’t vote to end Medicare. Chip’s voted for reforming Medicare. He voted to improve it.
Just because Ms. Lucking and ABM’s spinmeisters say that the Ryan budget cuts Medicare doesn’t make it so. In fact, if Ms. Lucking says that the Ryan budget cuts Medicare, there’s a good possibility that it finds ways to lower costs while improving quality.
Expect to hear ABM trot that set of chanting points out frequently this campaign season.
Here’s another ‘crime’ that Chip’s supposedly guilty of:
While American families pay more money at the pump, the House Republican budget pads Big Oil’s pockets. The Ryan budget retains a decade’s worth of $40 billion in tax breaks to Big Oil, while cutting billions of dollars in investments to develop alternate fuels and clean energy technologies.
If a person isn’t paying attention, they’d miss the fact that this is a non sequitur arguement. High gas prices weren’t caused by current tax policy. They’re caused by this administration’s anti-fossil fuel policies. They’re especially caused by this administration’s EPA waging war on fossil fuels.
They’re caused by a weak dollar, too. There’s a weak dollar because President Obama’s deficits are the biggest in U.S. history.
This is typical DFL/progressive class warfare tactics at their worst, which is ABM’s specialty.