Obama campaign distancing itself from healthcare ad

The Obama campaign is quickly distancing itself from a new super PAC political ad that falsely accuses the Bain Capital shutdown of the GST Steel plant of causing the death of a former steel worker.

The ad features Joe Soptic, a steel worker who was laid off after the GST plant closer.  He claims in the ad that he lost his insurance after the layoff, and shortly thereafter, his wife was diagnosed with cancer.  22 days later, she died.  The ad does not mention, however, that Joe’s wife remained employed for some time after his layoff and even maintained health coverage.  Further, it neglects to reveal that his wife’s unfortunate death came 5 years after his layoff.

The Obama campaign team claims to have no knowledge of the situation, even though Joe’s story is highlighted on the Obama campaign’s own web site (as of August 9th).  Further, Joe Soptic actually spoke with the Obama campaign several months ago regarding the story of his wife’s illness.

The Obama campaign responded by claiming they have no control over what Super PACs do and cannot dictate the ads that they run, and added: “The important point here is that Mitt Romney’s campaign is based solely on his experience as a corporate buyout specialist, and while he has been quick to claim he created jobs, he refuses to accept responsibility for the jobs that were lost and workers that were impacted.”

False.  The important point here is this PAC attempted to use an inaccurate report of a woman’s death to further Obama’s campaign, and this so-called “husband” apparently let it happen.

Obama chides business owners’ success

President Obama apparently finds himself with the requisite business credibility to lecture successful business owners on how much of their success is owed to others rather than their own hard work and determination.

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back.  They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.  You didn’t get there on your own.  I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.

Well yes, President Obama.  While certainly there is some degree of help provided by others that cannot be denied, successful businesses are rarely spawned by the brains of dumb people.  Why is our president, who has nothing in his past that could even be remotely tied to business experience, lecturing the American business community about success?

The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.  There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own.  I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service.  That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.”

Clever.  Linking the services that our tax money goes to fund for the protection of all people and owning a private business designed to make money and hire portions of the population.  The point is, Mr. President, that businesses succeed because of sheer will and determination of the business owner.  It is easy to give up, but it is not so easy to remain steadfast in pursuit of bigger and better things.  Help is wonderful, no doubt, but help cannot make up for laziness, and it is definitely no substitute for mediocrity.