Idon’tknowski said SCHIP was harmful before he said it wasn’t. Or something.

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The Jim Idon’tknowski comedy routine gets funnier every day.  The latest: Team Ogo has threatened to sue five TV stations that are set to run an ad about SCHIP taken out by the SEIU.  The beef: the ad is “deliberately deceptive” because the ad “says Ogonowski believes the health-care program is ‘harmful’ to poor children.”

Gosh, that’s outrageous!  Everyone knows that Jim Idon’tknowski is SCHIP’s biggest fan!  What could possibly have led the SEIU to make such a shocking accusation?

SCHIP was originally intended to help poor children. Instead Congress worked to expand another big-government program that actually harms those working class children and families it was supposed to help. We all support helping poor children and families, but government seems unable to help those who need us. When I helped organize the largest airlift of aid in New Hampshire National Guard history to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, I saw firsthand how big government programs like FEMA don’t work for the American people.

Oh, right.  Never mind.

Good luck with that lawsuit, though!

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  1. lawsuit

    correct me if i'm wrong, but wasn't there recently a major judicial decision that concluded that ads run close to elections, even deceptive ones (and i'm not saying this one is or isn't), were a-ok constitutionally?  so he can blow hot air by threatening lawsuits, but he'll also blow a lot of money, cuz that issues has already been settled, and not in his favor.  for better or for worse.

  2. This threat is silly...

    ...if Ogonowski has a cause of action, it is against SEIU, not the TV stations.

  3. No case at all

    He said it!  If there were a lawsuit each time some political ad took a statement out of context, the courts would be buried every election season.

    • It's not even out of context.

      I haven't seen the ad, but based on the Sun's write-up, it's exactly the context of Ogo's op-ed.  He said the SCHIP bill will end up harming the poor kids that it's supposed to help.  Well, according to the Sun, that's what SEIU says he said.

  4. I hate to admit to being confused

    SCHIP was originally intended to help poor children. Instead Congress worked to expand another big-government program that actually harms those working class children and families it was supposed to help.

    but it would be interesting if someone were to able to give me a cogent argument as to why expanding a program harms those whom it was originally intended to help.

    When I helped organize the largest airlift of aid in New Hampshire National Guard history to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, I saw firsthand how big government programs like FEMA don't work for the American people.

    Um, FEMA under Michael Chertoff and Brownie hasn't worked very well.  But under Jamie Witt, it seemed to work out pretty well.  Maybe the issue isn't so much that it is a government program, but the competence of the people who are selected to administer the program.

  5. Ok, I read the story in the Eagle-Trib...

    And I've seen Ogonowski speak.

    And he never wrote that piece, not in a million years. (ex-English major, here) The piece in the newspaper was grammatically correct.

    Just thought I'd share that. You can figure out the implications for yourself.

  6. Ogo's campaign is a train wreck.

    What's sad is that there are people with firing neurons who will actually consider voting for him. 

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