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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Super Bowl Advertising

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Sun Feb 05, 2012 at 04:33:13 AM EST
    Tags: Pete Hoekstra (R-Holland), Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing), Super Bowl XLVI (New England Patriots vs New York Giants) in Indianapolis, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Marquette, Lansing, Saginaw, Traverse City, junior U. S. Senator from Michigan (all tags)

    Promoted for discussion ~

    Pete Hoekstra's campaign has made the decision to spend the money necessary to purchase a Super Bowl ad to run in key Michigan media markets (Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Marquette, Lansing, and Traverse City) just before kickoff in Indianapolis.  Naturally, the Michigan Democrat Party is not pleased.

    In an article in the Holland Sentinel back on Friday, MDP chairman Mark Brewer started his kvetching that the mere act of purchasing this ad buy indicates that he has an image problem that needs to be fixed:

    "The way to fix your image is not to run a TV ad, but to do the right thing and resign," Brewer said in a reference to Hoekstra's work as a senior advisor for Washington law and lobbying firm Dickstein Shapiro.  "We've been calling on him to resign from that job for some time because we think it creates a conflict of interest."

    Without even going into Pete's role as a business consultant in helping companies deal with the federal government (companies that sell in overseas markets do occasionally need federal approval), let's briefly look at that "conflict of interest" meme, shall we?

    I seem to remember an article from the Grand Rapids Press about a month and a half back discussing the clear conflict-of-interest of a certain junior U. S. Senator from Michigan in chairing a bankruptcy investigation into a certain global trading firm, the CEO of which is a former Senate colleague and known campaign donor.  That Stabenow ripped Corzine a new one on camera ought to be taken with a grain of salt after considering that Debbie's repeated requests of Jon for contributions to her campaign war chest have been met with a fairly tight-fisted response.  I agree with Pete in that any actual judge faced with similar circumstances would be expected to immediately recuse; that Stabenow didn't, well . . .

    But I digress; let's get back to talking about this ad.

    I don't know if you're aware of this or not, but the People's Republic of China is the largest foreign holder of U. S. debt (and second overall, behind only the Federal Reserve).  Debbie Stabenow's record is filled with years of actively supporting reckless spending and job-killing policies that have increased our nation's debt and our reliance on China.  The trillions of dollars in government spending that Stabenow has signed onto since the democrats regained control of Congress in 2006 has done nothing to turn America's economy around and, in many cases, can be shown to have directly spurred real job creation in China instead.

    To use just one example, some of the stimulus funding for "green energy" (a perpetual favorite of Debbie "I can feel global warming when I'm flying" Stabenow) went to subsidize the construction of wind towers, and the wind towers in question were manufactured in . . . wait for it . . . China.  By some reports, those stimulus grants created as many as 6,800 jobs overseas, thus giving a leg-up to Chinese manufacturers while leaving Michigan workers stranded on the unemployment lines.

    Debbie Stabenow has consistently voted for job-killing policies that make it harder for American businesses to compete in the global marketplace.  She has made it harder for the manufacturing industry to grow and be flexible to the ever-changing marketplace by tying the hands of job creators with red tape.  She has made America less competitive and China an attractive place to relocate.

    Thus, from a national security perspective, we have, on Stabenow's watch, handed our soft power (economic control) over to a nation that has made it very clear of late that they desire superpower status, preferably at our expense.  By taking ownership of some of our debt, Beijing capitalized on our economic collapse and, as a result, leveraged democrat political stupidity in order to directly spur real job creation in China.  Yes, the very nation that damn near owns Uncle Sam economically is growing their own domestic economy exponentially.

    The ad in question has a bit of a bite to it, and is designed to directly engage Senator "Dangerously Incompetent" Stabenow squarely on her record.  It's a satirical look at a pair of very serious economic issues, the need to constructively address our crippling national debt and the need to reinvigorate our domestic manufacturing sector.  But with the reckless spending and crippling debt that Debbie Stabenow wants us to keep accumulating, we are digging ourselves a deeper hole while China continues to prosper.

    And that trade-off has to stop.

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    Pot, meet kettle! (none / 0) (#1)
    by KG One on Sun Feb 05, 2012 at 08:22:19 AM EST

    TARPstra has Willard's achilles heel (none / 0) (#3)
    by Corinthian Scales on Sun Feb 05, 2012 at 11:46:34 AM EST
    And that's precisely why 'ol Legendary Sofa Pete became a SCoaMF @ 1:11:00

    Pete TARPstra is the Willard Nevada rewind.

    Brewer (and Hoekstra) Shouldn't Throw Stones (none / 0) (#4)
    by Rougman on Sun Feb 05, 2012 at 12:24:43 PM EST
    I wonder if Mark Brewer is pushing for Justice Kagan to recuse herself on Obamacare cases?  Just a thought.

    While I am sympathetic to the post's premise, that Brewer shouldn't protest too loudly lest knuckle-dragging conservative like me discover his hypocrisy over selective conflict-of-interest attacks, I find Hoekstra's ad a bit unconvincing given his track record.

    A guy has to act like a conservative and vote like a conservative before I'll buy his pitch that he is a conservative.  

    • Actually . . . by Kevin Rex Heine, 02/05/2012 07:10:05 PM EST (none / 0)
      • True, but... by KG One, 02/05/2012 08:53:45 PM EST (none / 0)
      • Well by Rougman, 02/06/2012 10:03:35 AM EST (none / 0)
    Mmmnnnya, that "China angle"... (none / 0) (#8)
    by Corinthian Scales on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 11:45:58 AM EST
    ...is working out real swell.

    A coalition of black ministers in Detroit is calling on U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra to apologize for his Super Bowl ad portraying a young Asian woman speaking broken English.

    The request came a day after an Asian-American group called the ad "very disturbing."

    The Michigan Republican began taking heat after his ad targeting Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow as "Debbie Spenditnow" ran statewide Sunday during the Super Bowl. Some detractors said the ad was racially insensitive, while national GOP consultant Mike Murphy tweeted that it was "really, really dumb." Foreign Policy magazine managing editor Blake Hounshell called the ad "despicable."

    With friends like TARPstra and Willard in the GOP, who needs an election for Oweblamebush and Stabenasty to cruise to another term?

    I just can't believe that Stat Nat is dumb enough to keep running this flop.  It's played four times on my TV this morning.  Frankly, I hope it keeps playing.  The sooner that Pete's put to pasture, the better for Michigan and the nation.

    That's...... (none / 0) (#9)
    by rdww on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 07:31:59 PM EST
    SB Ad/TARP (none / 0) (#10)
    by Sway21 on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 12:13:32 PM EST
    I found the ad a bit simplistic and designed to pander to a constituency not exactly conservative. That it has been effective is not in doubt, for the usual suspects perceiving their ox gored, are screaming bloody murder. While not the most economically or fiscally honest ad, it does leave the viewer with the unmistakable impression of Stabenow as a big spender, while playing on the fact that China's economy has been growing while ours has been flat. And that is the issue, is it not?

    Conservatives, and libertarians, do themselves no good service in harping on TARP, particularly since few of them actually faced having to make a vote with the nation's financial system hanging in the balance. Hindsight is reputed to be 20/20 but even with it, it is not clear than the financial markets wouldn't have collapsed absent something like TARP. And a broad consensus of economists, of all political stripes, agreed on the matter. Focusing on TARP does far worse than that; it serves then to ignore what caused the problem in the first place and how those fundamental conditions, caused by government, have not changed. That's the real issue; government spending and regulation.

    Even some, of a libertarian bent, such as Kevin Williamson of National Review, have had cause to revisit the issue and consider it in a different light. Below, a persuasive case made for Milton Friedman supporting TARP:

    The enduring problem isn't TARP, it's what led up to TARP and remains unreformed today. "Too big to fail" has now been etched into stone, instead of being eradicated as claimed by Dodd-Frank proponents. Lending is stagnant because banks, rightly so, fear whatever crazy idea the federal government will adopt next. We still await meaningful financial reform that will prevent another occurrence such as the recent meltdown and address its underlying causes. That, not TARP, is the real issue. Focusing on TARP is akin to pointing out the cost of the bandage while ignoring than the skin it covers is a carcinoma.

    Conversely, Sway21.... (none / 0) (#11)
    by Corinthian Scales on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 12:57:14 PM EST
    Focusing on TARP is akin to pointing out why it was colossal monument of stupidity to place that costly bandage on the skin with carcinoma.

    Please do get your facts straight on TARP, Sway21.  Pete voted for the Wall Street Bailout.  As much as it turns my stomach to say, Debbie Stabenasty did not.

    For that matter, best check your "liberaltarian bent" again... even the Paulestinian deity of the House voted NO.

    Bottom line.  I've got trillion$ of reason$ to $end 'ol Pete TARP$ra out to the political graveyard, but all this Super Bowl Ad flapdoodle giving the Piously Correct on the alleged Right the vapors sure as hell isn't one of them.

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