DESPERATE TIMES CALL FOR DESPERATE MEASURES?
WILL $15 MILLION BUY ENOUGH MISLEADING ADS?
Published August 14, 2010
It looks like the folks pushing VOTE NO ON 4 -- equipped with the fancy, but misleading name "Citizens for Lower Taxes and a Stronger Economy" -- are more and more realizing that they are fighting a losing battle. Florida's citizens seem to wake up -- finally. And the advertising actually gets voters attention and they ask: "What the heck is this HOOPLA all about?"
more than $15 million -- collected from the same folks who are to be
blamed for our failed economy, huge unemployment rate, dead real estate
market and countless foreclosures -- doesn't only buy misleading ads with
false statements, it buys as well the voices of ex-politicians and
other folks with a title willing to sell their opinions for cash. Money is
drawing politicians like honey draws bears!
most ridiculous argument used:
professional sports are an American pastime, we all know what is being
done with an unsuccessful team! First the coach gets fired.
Then, if that doesn't help, the players get fired. How about we
call the game Growth Management? During the last decade the team in charge
surely was a losing team here in
The next desperate act will be the publication of an opinion push poll conducted by telephone – claiming that a wide majority of voters reject Amendment 4 -- the old trick to make people believe the NO-folks are actually winning. The first reports from annoyed people are coming in, telling the story of the poll: "If the person answering the call states that he/she favors Amendment 4, the caller will read all kinds of false, but scary statements regarding the effect of Amendment 4. Then the question comes: Would you still vote YES on 4 if all the statements you just heard were true?"
That's a pretty desperate attempt -- even for a push poll!
But the most pathetic argument against Amendment 4 comes from elected officials -- who fear for their extra income and some wannabe politicians who still need some extra campaign funds.
1: "Voters are plainly too dumb to understand the details
of the comprehensive land use plan." In a way I have to
agree, because these same voters were dumb enough to vote these morons
into office. But who turned these politicians into Einstein? I read a lot
of e-mails written by elected officials. English is only my second
language, but I would be embarrassed to send out such e-mails I see
sometimes coming from them. They can't write proper English, but they can
read comprehensive land use plans?
Argument 2: "Since only a small percentage of voters vote -- sometimes only 15% -- a small minority will make very important decisions!"
It's a shame that only so few people make use of their democratic rights, but I haven't heard these same politicians complaining when they won elected office by the vote of such a small minority! In their opinion it's obviously OK if they are voted into office by a small minority, but this small minority shouldn't have the right to approve land use plans!
THESE ARGUMENTS ARE PLAINLY PATHETIC -- BORN OUT OF DESPERATION!
since all these scare tactics and pathetic arguments don't seem to work
with Florida's voters, they are now using the last resort of the rich to
stop what they are afraid will happen: LITIGATION!
Babington, Director of Governmental Relations of the Florida Chamber of
Commerce, filed two ethics complaints against Hometown Democracy. More
but smear tactics! Since they can't beat the message, they are trying hard
to destroy the messenger.
I sincerely hope that Florida's voters are smarter than these folks give them credit for -- see through their web of lies -- and: