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Bank Bailout Turns 25.2 Billion Dollar Profit For U.S. Government

November 2nd, 2010

You wouldn’t know it listen to all the negative ads trying to convince the American public that the Bank Bailout was a failure and cost the American taxpayers tons of money….  The truth is the taxpayers made over an 8% return on their investment which amounts to a profit to date of 25.2 billion dollars.

So if this is so why are the ads so negative on the bailout?  Because the Tea Party has convinced the American people that the stimulus and bailout packages will put our kids in debt for a lifetime… this is just not true, but no one wants to listen to the truth, because let’s face it with such high unemployment people need someone or something to blame.

The truth is this…. The bailouts and the stimulus packages did help and the Government will make money on the bailouts.  Did the stimulus packages create or save jobs?   Just take a ride on any highway across America… you think the States (that are broke) are paying for all that infrastructure work?

The real question that you need to ask yourself is how bad would it be if the Government would of done nothing two year ago?

Also if these negative ads’ telling you what they are calling Wall Street Bailout is drowning America in debt, when the truth is it has made a profit. I would ask… What else are these people lying about?

Wake up America… Vote, but Vote on Truths!

“Contrary to popular belief, repeating a lie over and over again does not make it true!”

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My Analogy of The Midterm Election 2010

October 19th, 2010

There once was a large group of people that were very happy with their lives and things were sweet… they decided to all go on a bus trip to a sunny beach in California.  There were so many of them that they had many buses and they were heading from the east coast to California viva a large bus convoy.

Somewhere along the way the bus drivers got together and decided to detour the convoy through Vegas. They gave the passengers all kinds of reasons why Vegas is the place to go, and even though the passengers didn’t fully understand, they had no choice but to go along for the ride.

About half way to Vegas all the buses drive off the side of the road into a ditch and flip over.  The call goes out to every EMT in the area.  Soon every ambulance available was urgently racing towards the wreck.

Once there they quickly started a triage emergency room to deal with the overwhelming number of emergencies at hand. After a short period of time, even though the EMT’s were doing everything possible to save the lives of the most serious injured, it seemed that some just were not happy with the decisions being made during triage.

Soon there was talk about taking over the ambulances and kicking out the EMT personal and replacing them with the old bus drivers… these were the same drivers that high jacked a well planned trip to the beach and while heading in a different direction drove the convoy into a ditch.

These drivers talked the people into thinking that the EMT’s were taking too long to clean up what was really their mess, and that they could do better. The people being part of the new internet society of wanting instantaneous gratification, quickly forgot about how they got into this mess and were ready to toss out the EMT’s and allow the bus drivers to take over the ambulance and follow them… but follow them where?

I would bet to the next wreck! I don’t want to be on that ride, but it seems there is no tolerance for not being able to correct a disaster that was 10 years in the making, in just 2 years.

Sadly with the invention of the Internet, and 24 hour cable news, coupled with the fact that the truth no longer is relevant and if you just keep repeating a lie it has a crazy way of being accepting by a sector of the American people as the truth.

Because of CNN and FOX news this country is in a constant state of election, and there is no way that anything good will be accomplished when all our elected officials are running for office.

How do we fix this?

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FTC Looks Other Way About Lying In Campaign Ads

May 19th, 2010

It’s only the primaries in a mid-term election year and already we see the negative campaign ads dominating the TV.

I predict this will get nothing but ugly as we move into the actual mid-term elections, and I don’t even want to thing about 2012.

The point I want to make in this post is where is the FTC?  They now have a big push on to regulate bloggers, that says we can not recommend a product that we might make a commission on, without notifying the public that we will make money if they purcase the product.

I’m not saying that is a bad law, but why are they worried about my blog that maybe 100 people will see and only 2 might buy something, when compared to influencing the minds of millions of people that are going to vote for the people that run this Country.

What about these campaign ads, where the right wing organization says one thing and the left wing organization say the complete opposite about the same issue.  It doesn’t take a Harvard Lawyer to see that they both can’t be true and probably they are both being at the very least deceptive.

Where is the FTC and the truth in advertising rules?

Take a look at what the FTC website has to say about truth in advertising… the following are quotes from this page on the FTC website

What truth-in-advertising rules apply to advertisers?

Under the Federal Trade Commission Act:

  • Advertising must be truthful and non-deceptive;
  • Advertisers must have evidence to back up their claims; and
  • Advertisements cannot be unfair.

Additional laws apply to ads for specialized products like consumer leases, credit, 900 telephone numbers, and products sold through mail order or telephone sales. And every state has consumer protection laws that govern ads running in that state.

What makes an advertisement deceptive?

According to the FTC’s Deception Policy Statement, an ad is deceptive if it contains a statement – or omits information – that:

  • Is likely to mislead consumers acting reasonably under the circumstances; and
  • Is “material” – that is, important to a consumer’s decision to buy or use the product.

What makes an advertisement unfair?

According to the Federal Trade Commission Act and the FTC’s Unfairness Policy Statement, an ad or business practice is unfair if:

  • it causes or is likely to cause substantial consumer injury which a consumer could not reasonably avoid; and
  • it is not outweighed by the benefit to consumers.

How does the FTC determine if an ad is deceptive?

A typical inquiry follows these steps:

  • The FTC looks at the ad from the point of view of the “reasonable consumer” – the typical person looking at the ad. Rather than focusing on certain words, the FTC looks at the ad in context – words, phrases, and pictures – to determine what it conveys to consumers.
  • The FTC looks at both “express” and “implied” claims. An express claim is literally made in the ad. For example, “ABC Mouthwash prevents colds” is an express claim that the product will prevent colds. An implied claim is one made indirectly or by inference. “ABC Mouthwash kills the germs that cause colds” contains an implied claim that the product will prevent colds. Although the ad doesn’t literally say that the product prevents colds, it would be reasonable for a consumer to conclude from the statement “kills the germs that cause colds” that the product will prevent colds. Under the law, advertisers must have proof to back up express and implied claims that consumers take from an ad.
  • The FTC looks at what the ad does not say – that is, if the failure to include information leaves consumers with a misimpression about the product. For example, if a company advertised a collection of books, the ad would be deceptive if it did not disclose that consumers actually would receive abridged versions of the books.
  • The FTC looks at whether the claim would be “material” – that is, important to a consumer’s decision to buy or use the product. Examples of material claims are representations about a product’s performance, features, safety, price, or effectiveness.

So why is the FTC so concerned with consumers protection, and seem to care less about our National protection?

We have a right as Americans to vote for any candidate we want for public office, but we should be voting based on facts, not bogus advertisements.

I know… these laws are put in place to protect the consumers, but are we not all consumers of the American way of life?  Should we not be protected from special interest groups with unlimited budgets that will say anything to get a vote?

If there is no laws to force them into removing ads that are less than true, then that means the group with the most money that hires the best advertising agency wins the election… is that how we want to pick who runs our Country?

This problem has even been made worst by resent rulings by the US Supreme Court on how much money companies and organizations can donate to candidates… this will be a subject of another post.

So what do I want to see happen?

I want the voters on the right and the left to become outraged about these negative ads, and start to complain to the FTC… we need to demand that they pull these ads if they don’t comply to “truth-in-advertising rules”

How we do this is yet another post for another day.

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