By HERMAN CAIN – Obama figures most voters don’t pay that much attention. Is he right?
When a candidate for office produces a campaign ad, he can say anything he wants. It doesn’t even have to be true. It should be true. But if voters are willing to take what a candidate says at face value without questioning it, I guess you have to figure a candidate who cares about nothing but electoral success will let fly with the whoppers.
And that’s what President Obama has done in his most recent ad.
A few days ago, I took it apart bit-by-bit in a piece for CainTV. It has a little bit of everything. He starts by lying about what caused the financial meltdown of 2008, and about the condition of the war in Iraq at the time he took office.
He then goes on to make wild promises – creating 1 million manufacturing jobs, doubling exports, reducing oil imports by 50 percent, reducing tuition increases by 50 percent – that might as well have been promises to give everyone a pony.
And he ends with this award-winner: By ending the war in Afghanistan, he will save enough money that he’ll be able to “pay down the debt” with half of it. The war in Afghanistan is costing us $132 billion this year. Half of that won’t even pay for the next time Obama wants to extend unemployment benefits, let alone “pay down the debt.”
So a candidate for office – in this case, the sitting president of the United States – airs an ad that can only be described as a two-minute-long cacophony of Bolshevik. Facts that are not factual. Promises he can’t possibly keep. And to cap it all off, a mathematical proposition from which we can only conclude that he really doesn’t think you’re paying much attention to what he’s saying.
And that, I fear, may be the real problem here. Obama isn’t going to put out a load of nonsense like this if he thinks the average voter really knows the facts, or is listening critically to his words. And he isn’t going to put out an ad like this if he thinks the major media will put their vaunted “fact checkers” on the case to scrutinize what he says.