The US Chamber of Commerce wants to be thought of as our public guardian. But, we simply can’t trust them. They’re trying to pass off their Stop The CFPA campaign as a friendly one, complete with spooky music. I have been asking our facebook fans and twitter followers if bad press is good press in this case. I’m not sure. This campaign is BS marketing, or rather dude reform.
So, above is Mr. Luntz. His “secret” memo leaked the other day — he apparently is the mastermind behind getting Republicans and big corporate dudes to respect and publicly empathize with the pain out there. The way these dudes are talking about it is so disingenuous I hope people despise it when they hear about it.
The problem with political discourse, and that is what we all are engaged in every day even if we don’t know it, is that these statements are so extremely well marketed that our less-politically educated friends believe these statements as long as they are said – no facts need to be used, just some passion, just some quip. Yet, statements from the left are so steeped in facts and boring language, they don’t get lodged in our brains. Our hope is in education and a revived political class or maybe even party. We should each keep educating each other on how to construct a fact-based and merit-based understanding of any given issue. I trust my own ideas because I have done the research and seen who stands to benefit from top-down, trickle-down policies. The Tea Party movement, for example, as detailed in a New Yorker article may be against Wall Street but pointing at half-baked indicators: “A second-generation Chrysler dealer, whose lot had just been shut down, complained that the Harvard-educated experts on Wall Street and in Washington knew nothing about automobiles… The district’s congressional representative, Geoff Davis, brought up the proposed cap-and-trade legislation favored by Democrats, and called it an “economic colonization of the hardworking states that produce the energy, the food, and the manufactured goods of the heartland, to take that and pay for social programs in the large coastal states.”
Wall Streeters are Republicans and don’t like social programs. They want to end Medicare and Lloyd Blankfein said so himself — they lobby against the majority and ask you to help them. They’re greedy, selfish bastards that have taken your hard work in states all across America and turned it into debt they can keep shuffling around and big government helps them.
What do we need? Not bigger government, we need quality government that work to keep themselves out of the market and helping just the filthy rich, they need to keep the playing field leveled so that there is the freedom and possibility for us Americans to have and create the kinds of jobs and lives we want.
Some tidbits from the memo:
“You must acknowledge the need for reform that ensures this NEVER happens again.”
WORDS THAT WORK. If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that the bad decisions and harmful policies by Washington bureaucrats that in many ways led to the economic crash must never be repeated.
When addressing the crisis, never forget its impact on your audience. Above all else, never EVER minimize the pain.
From Think Progress:
The most dishonest argument is that financial reform would “punish” taxpayers while rewarding “big banks and credit card companies.” In reality, top financial industry lobbyists are not only fighting proposed oversight regulations, but have said recently that they are opposed to “any regulation” at all.
Luntz, ever the publicity hound, leaks his memos out to the media to claim credit for the Republican charge against reforming Wall Street. While he is certainly a driving force behind much of the GOP misinformation, a closer look at his client list reveals that he is in fact being paid by the finance industry:
Hey dude, why would the CFPA be bad for the majority of Americans again? Now, back it up with some facts that answer the whole question and aren’t taken out of context. Well, at least let’s get our friends to do that.