In case you haven't seen, here are the new ads by Bill Richardson (the first to go on air in both New Hampshire and Iowa).
Chris Bowers over at MyDD did some analysis and came up with some excellent comments on the ads overall. However, an irate cadre of Edwards supporters threw some very weird shots toward Richardson.
Here is my favorite example:
I promise you Edwards will not have any ads promising tax cuts or reaching to the other side.
First off, Richardson never promised tax cuts - here pointed out how he did cut taxes here in New Mexico. In fact, he cut taxes on food and middle American needs (as well as for business). Here is some data for you to chew on (thanks to Ken Camp, rapid response lord and master):
Governor Richardson has cut more than $1 billion in state taxes since 2003 including eliminating the tax on food and medical services, cutting income taxes for every New Mexican and providing tax incentives to encourage quality businesses to move to and expand in New Mexico.
The federal Labor Department recently reported 3.2 percent job growth in New Mexico, the 6th strongest rate in the nation. Under Governor Richardson's leadership, more than 72,000 new jobs have been created --26,200 new jobs during the past year alone--showing that New Mexico's strong, broad-based economy continues to improve.
Yeah, that sounds really horrible. Sounds like economic catastrophe it about to strike our state.
Honestly, it bothers me to no end when Democrats in this country talk smack about tax cuts. It really has to do with knee-jerk opposition to Bush, I think. Remember, John F. Kennedy advocated income tax reductions for Americans and he wasn't the devil. Just take off your Edwards t-shirt and think about it for a second.
IF WE PUT MONEY IN THE HANDS OF PEOPLE THAT NEED IT, THEY'LL SPEND IT ON THINGS THEY NEED.
IF WE GIVE CREDITS TO BUSINESSES THAT INVEST IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND HIGH-TECH START-UPS, THEY MIGHT ACTUALLY DO THOSE THINGS.
THESE ARE NOT BAD THINGS.
We're not talking about giving away tra-zillions to the rich here people, we're talking tax relief and budget economics that make sense for the majority of Americans. Just because Bush hoodwinked the country on taxes doesn't mean that raising them is always the answer.
On the second point, on Edwards not "reaching to the other side." You gotta be kidding me. So, Edward's plan is to be president with super-majorities in both chambers of Congress? Beyond the political reality of that, doesn't it say something about someone that doesn't want to listen to the opposing side and craft the best possible policy? Reminds me of another president....hmmm...
Look, sham bi-partisanship (Lieberman) is different from true crafting of policy that requires both sides to agree to some sort of workable solution. Richardson has consistently worked with both the GOP and his allies to make policy that works for here in New Mexico. Our progress as a state proves this and honestly, I think Americans are ready for this on a national level.
I'm glad to be advocating for a presidential candidate that wants to include ALL Americans, regardless of party affiliation and is open to different ideas for making the economic life of all Americans better.