Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, December 19, 2012
Several of the nation’s largest unions, including AFSCME, SEIU, and the NEA, launched a new TV ad today protesting the proposed cuts to Social Security and other domestic and social programs that are on the table in order to prevent the nation from falling off the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ on January 1.
Based on the classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” featuring Jimmy Stewart, the coalition’s ridicullus ad claims that “the rich won’t pay their fair share, where our children’s educations will be cut, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will be put at risk, and the economic recovery would falter” if domestic and social programs are cut next month. The ad likens House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to the miserly Mr. Potter, the primary antagonist in the movie.
The unions are running the ad campaign through the coalition U.S. Jobs Not Cuts. Last month the coalition launched a similar ad campaign that aired in several states including Virginia, Missouri and Colorado, all of which can be viewed on the coalition’s YouTube page. All three of these states have Democratic Senators who voted to extend the Bush tax cuts for those making less than $250,000 annually.
The ad will be aired on national cable channels and locally in Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana and Minnesota. It is believed that the coalition will spend about $250,000 on the campaign, and will target Republican Representatives Erik Paulsen of Minnesota, Rick Crawford of Arkansas, Scott Rigell of Virginia and John Fleming of Louisiana. Obama won all four districts in last month’s Presidential election.