Comments: The Best Political Ad of 2012

Most people in this country have no clue that by being lucky enough to be born here they were provided with a golden lottery ticket because they are comfortable and have nothing to compare life here to anyplace else. Some realize it, love it, defend it, serve it. And others never bother to cash it in even though by living here it's been cashed by default.

If one does a bit of travelling, sees how the rest of the world lives and struggles, it's not hard to get.

How people who have reaped the greatest benefits from our economy and our affable, giving and comparitively safe society choose to denigrate and disrespect all that was responsible for their freedoms, opportunity and success, beats me.

Posted by asdf at October 30, 2012 11:11 PM

It is a great commercial & I was excited to recently see it airing on CNN in CA no less!

Posted by Steven W. at October 31, 2012 01:32 AM

It is a great commercial & I was excited to recently see it airing on CNN in CA no less!

Posted by Steven W. at October 31, 2012 01:33 AM

asdf, are you retarded? Have you ever heard of Scandinavia, France, Germany, Denmark, Great Britain, Canada?

It's a dumb commercial. We already know that marginally high tax rates have no effect on the economy unless they are to the right of the crest of the Laffer Curve. The crest of the Laffer Curve on high incomes is 70% above the $250,000 margin.

The United States has one of the worst upwardly mobile economies in the advanced industrialized world. Mixed market economies that have socialized sectors, such as Scandinavian countries, France, Germany, and Denmark have extremely strong labor unions and standards, high marginal tax rates, free education at the secondary and post secondary level, socialized public health care, and much more upwardly mobile economies.

They also PAY LESS per capita for health care than the United States. If the United States paid the same per capita costs as Scandinavian countries, France, Germany, Denmark, and the U.K., we would see budget surpluses instead of deficits as far as the eye could see, without even any need to increase tax rates. But the idiotic, wretched, selfish, homicidal Teabaggians and conservatives have no problem with sick children being held hostage by for-profit hospitals and insurance companies while their terrified parents bankrupt themselves trying to save their sons or daughters. 63% of all bankruptcies in the U.S. are medical bankruptcies. But smug conservatives like Dan Flynn smile and nod in approval, happy that lives are ruined because health care is a commodity and in his own words, "a responsibility." Can't get more psychopathic than that.

Conservatism is an empirically-proven disaster. Every time.

Posted by PMA at October 31, 2012 02:02 AM

Yeah, that's it. You've nailed it.

On a more serious mature note, I've been to every one of those countries you mention and although they have their pluses, they do not hold a candle in terms of standard of living and opportunity that the United States does.

People in those countries, by degree, live small. Mostly because overwhelming government dictates the citizens' every move.

You talk to the average Scandanavian (particularly in Sweden) and they are none too happy with the re-distribution of their hard earned wages or the cradle to grave provisions of the nanny state.

Posted by asdf at October 31, 2012 07:33 AM

The ad may be good, but putting the first 10 seconds of it in front of EVERY SINGLE youtube video for the last 2 weeks was annoying and kind of made me hate it.

Posted by Homer J. Fong at October 31, 2012 10:56 AM

Um, fyi, Scandinavia is not a country, unlike the other entities you mention. And Denmark is a Scandinavian country.

Retarded?!? Have you been reading too much Ann Coulter?

Posted by Webster at October 31, 2012 06:13 PM

As noted with regard to Scandanavia, I differentiated Sweden as an example for a general anecdote.

PMA is clueless.

Posted by asdf at October 31, 2012 07:16 PM

I had no idea Denmark was a Scandinavian country. I thought Scandinavia was Norway-Finland-Sweden. I've never taken a geography class; I attended a private Christian prep school PreK-12th grade. I blame it on private school.

Posted by PMA at October 31, 2012 08:05 PM

"The Scandinavian Peninsula is a peninsula in Northern Europe, which today covers Norway, Sweden, and most of northern Finland.

The name of the peninsula is derived from the term Scandinavia, the cultural region of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden." -wikipedia

The difference between the peninsula and the cultural region, hence the confusion. Once again, wikipedia is more useful than a private Christian education. It's unfortunate I wasn't able to attend a government-funded public institution with competent teachers and administrators.

Posted by PMA at October 31, 2012 08:09 PM

I've had a number of service friends from Minnesota and got to know many Scandinavian hyrids. They did not pride themselves on being true Scandinavians as they were generally a mix of Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German and Finnish. But, for all intents and purposes, they were all Nordics and their genetics are thisclose. On a side note, the women that come from that gene pool are spectacular.

Technically, Scandinavia consists of the Kingdoms of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Finland is a Baltic country closer to Russia. Germany is a Tutonic nation unto itself but certainly historically connected to Denmark.

Regardless, these countries thrive economically as they are non-totalitatian socialist states.

That's the diff. Obama not only wants the United States to be socialist, but he has demonstrated his affinity to rule with an iron fist.

A second term would be an absolute and there would be no turning back.

Posted by asdf at October 31, 2012 10:06 PM

PMA, do not use Canada as your goalpost for socialized medicine. I live there, and yes, while you will get served, you wait in a line that is often longer than the expected lifespan of the person waiting in it. I wouldn't call it worse than the American system, but don't for a second think it's all that.

As for your private "Christian" are we to know you paid attention in class? Your misunderstanding of the term "pyschopathic", labelling anything and anyone you disagree with as such suggests you may have skipped a few classes.

Although you do seem to have mastered the ad hominem.

Posted by NR at October 31, 2012 10:46 PM

Yep. That's why Canadians from Montreal will make the trip across the border to Vermont and why many come from the Maritimes to Maine or further to Boston for good immediate medical care.

Socialized medicine is one of THE biggest reasons NOT to let too much government interfere with people’s lives.

Obamacare (and too much Obama) will screw all of that up.

Posted by asdf at November 1, 2012 01:26 PM

I am a proud card holding Republican woman. I wanted to be for Mitt Romney
but when I found out he still supports Murdock on his disgusting comment about
"Rape was part of God's plan" I WILL NOT VOTE FOR him! No Mitt....rape
is not something that would ever become a part of God's plan.

Posted by christine at November 1, 2012 07:00 PM

I am a Christian woman who always votes Republican. I wont vote for Romney for the following

1. He is a member of a cult religion Mormonism that once condoned multiple wives
2. He STILL supports Murdoch even after the Rape comment.
3. He does not believe in equal pay for women.

Posted by Candice at November 1, 2012 09:08 PM

Iceland is a lesser member of the Scandinavian countries. Geographically, politically, and culturally, Finland is tied to Scandinavia; linguistically Finland is associated with Hungary. Both countries fall in the Finno-Ugric language family. Very peculiar languages to a European ear.

Posted by Webster at November 2, 2012 07:44 AM