published Monday, November 25th, 2013

Smith: False advertising: Voters have been deceived

By Robin Smith

Last year, a California shoemaker agreed to a $40 million settlement after charges were brought by the Federal Trade Commission based on "unfounded claims" resulting in "deceived consumers." These customers were led to believe that after purchasing and wearing the "rocker-bottom" athletic shoes, their gluteus maximus would shrink and tone just like celebrities, Kim Kardashian and football great Joe Montana.

From the Los Angeles Times to the Washington Post, articles were published to direct those defrauded on "how to get your piece of the $40 million" from the Skechers company, guilty of lying to sell a product, gain market share and make money.

Barack Obama was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 on unfounded claims designed to deceive voters, to sell his product and control the money of this nation.

Let's take a look at promises made vs. the truth.

Have insurance premiums been cut for the average family by $2,500? Well, if you only account for the millions who have received a cancellation notice and have no coverage, yes, I suppose Obama and the Democrats have reduced premium costs.

Has Medicare, the health care program funded by the deduction of payroll taxes of the individual and employer, been strengthened? Well, $716 billion will be taken from the Medicare trust fund to be applied to Obamacare, from 2013 through 2022. A new 3.8 percent Medicare tax is now in effect on some investment income earned by higher-income Americans. I suppose that strengthens the seniors' resolve somehow.

The claim first made in the 2008 election to cut unemployment to 5.4 percent was softened in the 2012 to "put more people back to work" has failed. The U.S. has a real unemployment rate that includes the underemployed, of 13.8% for October 2013.

The U.S. labor force participation rate has same number of people working that were employed when Jimmy Carter was president, with allegations being investigated at the Census Bureau that workers were pressured to complete employment surveys and did so fraudulently in September 2012 during the height of political season.

The declaration of a "transparent" Obama Administration was to promise integrity and honesty in our federal government. That is completely at odds with the use of the IRS to target Christian groups, tea party organizations, and pro-Israel groups that served to choke out election-year activity that would oppose the Democrats.

The Sept. 11, 2012, attack on Benghazi was perpetrated as the result of a ridiculous YouTube video to hide the planned terrorist attack that has now been revealed. So much for transparency and national security; let's just hide incompetence once again through fraud.

Obama's sweeping statement that "As long as I am President of the United States, Iran will not get a nuclear weapon" is now laughable as Israel views Obama's secret deals with the rogue nation for the last year to weaken economic sanctions as dangerous. Israel's Minister of Economy and Commerce Naftali Bennett warned on Nov. 18 that if the U.S. continues in these negotiations with Iran the terrorist state will be "able to manufacture a bomb in six weeks."

There are more "promises" that are nothing short of lies that have been made by Obama and any number of politicians to win elections.

For deceptive claims that were made over the airwaves during 2012 that directly impacted the election and those now that have "deceived consumers" this year that "if you like your plan, you can keep it -- period," I'm just curious: Will the FTC hear complaints and act as they did with the shoe company?

Robin Smith served as chairwoman of the Tennessee Republican Party, 2007 to 2009. She is a partner at the SmithWaterhouse Strategies business development and strategic planning firm and serves on Tennessee's Economic Council on Women.

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soakya said...

all politicians are liars. this white just might be bigger liars

November 25, 2013 at 8:26 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

Robin appears to think the rule for the US is for Israel to say "jump" and we are to only say, "How high?"

Israel's politics are not America's politics.

What public office is she positioning herself as a candidate. It is a shame the TFP gives her free publicity, they should rename it "Times Free Fox."

November 25, 2013 at 10:05 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Thank you, Mrs. Smith, for bringing this to our attention. Until reading your article I was completely unaware that political candidates made promises that they could not or would not keep. Your keen insight is amazing, and the way you have your finger on the pulse of the American political scene is impressive. The very thought of a politician lying to us or deceiving us makes me sick to my stomach. Tell me it's not so! Oh, the horror!

How I long for those halcyon days of innocence, when our trusted leader, George W. Bush, shot straight from the hip at all times, both as a candidate and as our president, and never ever lied to us or deceived us in any way.

November 25, 2013 at 1:14 p.m.
Facts said...

The commenters have personal opinions but do not refute a single piece of information. Insults and sarcasm don't hide the abysmal failure of Barack Obama and the Democratic electorate that is currently destroying our nation.

Thanks for a great article that catalogs many of the failures that lie in the hands of Democrats.

November 25, 2013 at 3:41 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

Facts, The truth shall set you free.

November 25, 2013 at 5:18 p.m.
GaussianInteger said...

One could have tuned into Hannity, Limbaugh, Levin, etc. and heard all of the same talking points. Is there no originality left in an opposing viewpoint? I am still surprised that Robin continues to fight for a party that abandoned her when she needed them the most. I guess conservative doom-and-gloom sells.

November 25, 2013 at 8:30 p.m.
Hunter_Bluff said...

Pointing out another's failures without proposing a solution is a failure itself. Congratulations Pam - you fail. Being outraged by something without offering a solution is a failure. Congratulations to all the outraged people - you fail. The desire to cast stones at the darkness rather than work to light a candle says volumes about the laziness of the leadership of our country right now. Demand better. Demand that our leaders reach out and listen, speak without using poisonous judgmental language. Seek to understand opinions that differ from their own, craft workable compromises, get this country working again.

November 27, 2013 at 9:11 a.m.
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