September 17, 2010 9:58:00 AM
One of the joys of the newspaper business is we''re inundated with spam e-mail on a daily basis -- and during a heated election season, much of it is political.
Such is the case in the 1st District congressional race, pitting incumbent Rep. Travis Childers, a Democrat, against his Republican challenger, state Sen. Alan Nunnelee, a Republican.
Each camp, and some national players, is doing its best to spin the other candidate''s record. "Childers plays politics with Mississippi jobs," is the headline on one recent e-mail from Nunnelee. "Nunnelee Lies About Taxes, Social Security, Health Care, and More," screams an e-mail from Childers'' campaign.
This is only to be expected as each side vies for voters during an election for a seat that''s up in the air. Ads are starting to inundate the airwaves, too. We recently sat through three Nunnelee ads in a row during an evening newscast -- one "official" one from Nunnelee''s campaign, book-ended by two others, from national sources, that blasted Childers personally. Also to be expected.
But we took special notice of a new Childers ad, which brought this newspaper into the fray specifically.
The ad attacks Nunnelee''s record on supporting what''s called the "fair tax" -- an across-the-board national sales tax that would replace income taxes.
The ad, paid for by the Childers campaign, cited "Commercial Dispatch Online" as one of its sources claiming Nunnelee supports the fair tax.
In reality, the source was an anonymous commenter to a story on our website. The story itself was about a Childers visit to a Columbus business, and nothing about Nunnelee or taxes.
In an interview with The Associated Press, "Childers campaign spokeswoman Dana Edelstein defended the ad''s citation of the anonymous comment by saying the Columbus newspaper itself is ''a reputable news source.''"
"I think this is a new low in Mississippi politics that a campaign would run an ad based on anonymous blog posts," Nunnelee told The AP.
We don''t know about a "new low" -- political advertising tends to be misleading, no matter where it comes from, and sadly, it can get pretty dirty -- but we have to call out the Childers campaign for the misleading attribution.
Lost in all this is whether or not Nunnelee actually supports the fair tax -- he refused to specifically repudiate it outright to the AP reporter, only saying that "I will support taxes that are lower, that are simpler and more transparent."
Politics is politics. But we expect more than this from whomever ends up representing the 1st District seat come November.
dc23 commented at 9/17/2010 11:34:00 AM:
Personally, I hope we do get rid of the IRS. Any suggestions from any camp would be welcome!
col_voter commented at 9/17/2010 1:37:00 PM:
The attribution of the Columbus Dispatch is bad enough then to display "23% sales tax" implying that Nunnlee is touting a sales tax of 23% when the Ad says 23% increase. I am tired of misleading political ads like this. Travis Childers campaign has shown their colors with this ad, we just haven't totally fact checked the Nunnlee ads. Hopefully this kind of scrutiny will get the campaign on the issues and truly have them discussing what they would work for in Congress.
melody commented at 9/17/2010 3:41:00 PM:
dc23- Have you heard about the Fair Tax? It will abolish the IRS and all fed income tax. Imagine that. What would the liberal dems do without the income tax to mess with? They wouldn't have much to talk about anymore. It might cause some of them to jump off a cliff--another reason to make the Fair Tax law. Chech it out by calling 1800fairtax or fairtax.org on your pc. Bill number HR25 and S25 if you really care to ask your reps in DC to cosponsor the bills. Call the US Capital at 1-877-7628762 and ask the operator to connect you to the office you disire. Ask them to support the Fair Tax.
hope commented at 9/17/2010 6:39:00 PM:
The straight tax across the board is the way the socialist countries collect their taxes:Is it not?
There won't be many CPA's voting for Nunnelee!
m.c. commented at 9/17/2010 9:01:00 PM:
Unfortunately, taxes are an issue in every election. And, because the previous administration prosecuted two (2) wars rather than one war and cut the tax liabilities on the wealthiest of all Americans, the budget surplus that was handed to them has now become a critical budget deficit that must be addressed. The only problem with addressing it is no candidate can win an election if their platform is to cut programs or raise taxes. So, the candidates try to win the election by attempting to have the voters believe their opponents are guilty of both, whether their opponent has ever been in office, or not. But, I remember who was in charge when this country had a budget surplus, and I remember who was in charge when the surplus was spent on prosecuting two wars instead of just one; and, I remember who was in charge when tax cuts were given to the richest Americans on the premise that it would create jobs. And, I remember what happened to the economy because of that administration's fiscal policy. Do you?
frank commented at 9/17/2010 11:46:00 PM:
@Hopeless: For the sake of the rest of us, EDUCATE YOURSELF. It is no wonder you love Obama when you have no clue what socialism is.
wpmedic1 commented at 9/17/2010 11:54:00 PM:
Looks like Childers has been in Washington too long.
hope commented at 9/18/2010 8:06:00 AM:
Nunnelee, like all Republicans will take the route that gives to the greedy and takes from the needy.
They have lied so much, that lies are overlapping lies.Republicans said that the tax cuts of '01 and '03 would not add to the deficit. As of now,it is 25%of it.
Dick Cheney says deficits doesn't matter. Now the Republicans says it does matter.
The Republicans don't want President Obama passing any bill that's not paid for. Now they want to extend the tax cuts which aren't paid for.
We don't need anybody leading our country that is as wishey washey as they are. Their last time in office is a good example.
@frank-----I just don't want to see him fail like Bush and the Republicans did.
frank commented at 9/18/2010 8:18:00 AM:
@Hopeless: If you don't want to see him fall your eyes best be closed as tight as your mind...
maxst commented at 9/18/2010 3:11:00 PM:
9/17/2010 6:39:00 PM
The straight tax across the board is the way the socialist countries collect their taxes:Is it not?"
NO. The income tax is the second plank of the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx. You may respond by saying that's communism, not socialism. Know what is the difference between communism, socialism, marxism, etc.?
AnswerVertical stripes, horizontal stripes and diagonal stripes. They are all the same stripe; just a different angle.
"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." --Winston Churchill
hope commented at 9/19/2010 8:08:00 PM:
@maxst---------I know what Bushism is. Every time I see someone that has lost their job or their lifesavings, I can see it their face.
I remember also that Bush's 700 dollar stimulus bill created a minus 9 million jobs and still counting.
hope commented at 9/19/2010 8:11:00 PM:
should have read 700 billion dollars. I'll not give him a break!