The 2012 Democratic National Convention was kicked off last night by a rousing, heartfelt speech from FLOTUS Michelle Obama, coverage of which has dominated today’s political media headlines. The first lady may turn out to be a “secret weapon” for persuading independent and undecided voters later in the campaign, but here at Independent Voters of America, we’ve got a different take on last night – it was just more of the same ‘conventional’ nonsense for two distinct reasons beyond the shared red white and blue color scheme, parades of platitude filled speeches, and babbling analysis of partisan pundits…
Both parties stretch the truth.
Surprise! “Lyin” Paul Ryan isn’t the only politician who’s stretched the truth during convention season. NPR has a good rundown of the fact checked inaccuracies of last night’s Democratic speeches, including:
- “The keynote speaker and others claimed the Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, would raise taxes on the ‘middle class.’ He has promised he won’t. Democrats base their claim on a study that doesn’t necessarily lead to that conclusion.”
- “The keynote speaker, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, also said there have been 4.5 million ‘new jobs’ under Obama. The fact is the economy has regained only 4 million of the 4.3 million jobs lost since Obama took office.”
- “A Democratic governor [Deval Patrick of Massachusetts] said Romney ‘left his state 47th out of 50 in job growth.’ Actually, Massachusetts went from 50th in job creation during Romney’s first year to 28th in his final year.”
- “Multiple speakers repeated a claim that the Ryan/Romney Medicare plan would cost seniors $6,400 a year. That’s a figure that applied to Ryan’s 2011 budget plan, but his current proposal (the one Romney embraces) is far more generous.”
Both parties cater to big money donors.
After the speeches end, that’s when party really begins, at least for major party donors. Last week at the RNC, big money bundlers got treated to the highest level of schmoozing, complete with actual smoke filled rooms! One would think that as the symbolic “party of campaign finance reform,” the Democrats might try to draw some sort of a contrast in Charlotte?
Nope. ABC News reports that “Dems treat big money donors like Royalty,” replete with perks, favors, and even jobs! Oh, the nepotism! Just raise more than $1 million dollars for the Obama campaign, and you received access to an invite-only concert by John Legend on Monday, without having to rub elbows with the plebian “normal” DNC delegates.
So why isn’t there really that much difference between the RNC and the DNC this year? There’s two universal truths in American politics — Money begets power and power begets money — and our politicians will say anything to get elected.
Look for continuing DNC coverage this week from Independent Voters of America.