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Man Jumps From Bridge — Doesn't Like Obama's Tax Plan

Well, this ad gets points for originality. A guy with a megaphone starts ranting:"Change — yeah politicians promise change." He's on top of a bridge and gets so worked up that he stands precariously on the edge of it, saying, "Politicians are playing us for fools...and we're supposed to fall for it again?"

Then he falls, screaming, to the depths below...until the Bungee Cord Of Truth catches him and he says, dangling, "Change? Before you fall for it, get the facts."

If you didn't know that was an ad against Obama, you will find out soon enough if you go to RightChange.com, promoted at the end of the ad. There you will find "10 Things You Need to Know About Senator Obama's Tax Proposals." (None of them is good.)

The Web site cites the nonpartisan source FactCheck.org to attest to Obama's "willingness to raise taxes" — which might be amusing to FactCheck, since the cite is taken out of context from a report on how McCain distorts Obama's positions. Other FactCheck.org reports contradict some RightChange.com assertions.

Anyway...RightChange.com is a 527 group formed in North Carolina this year after changing its name from Real Debate.org. Its president is Fred Eshelman, CEO of a pharmaceutical research firm. The Associated Press reports that Eshelman also bankrolls the group. Eshelman certainly can handle it — he once gave $20 million to a university pharmacy program.

Other board members include two North Carolina Republican state legislators, Fletcher Hartsell and Jeffrey Barnhart.

great great post...hard to find this "who is behind the ad" stuff...should be easy and obvious...but the partisan funders don't want to be associated with McCain, for some reason :)

Sent by Joe | 10:01 AM | 9-25-2008

I saw this ad and it immediately caught my attention. Thank you for arming with the truth of the organizations intentions.

Sent by Wanda Knight-Griffin | 8:44 PM | 9-28-2008

Also inaccurate is the citation of an Investor's (sic) Daily article which repeats the INCORRECT math of George Will in critiqueing Obama's proposal to raise increase funding of Social Security. G. Will made the mistake of thinking that SS deductions are based on combined family income and not individual wage earners. Consequently, in the example that he gave, the family had NO increase in SS deductions.

This error was reported long ago and is well known, so either RightChange is ill-informed on this OR they have no regard for the truth.

Either way, it makes me question their other claims.

Sent by Bill | 10:40 PM | 9-28-2008