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Today in dog whistle politics: Truth Squad flags Tom Steyer-hating ad

by: Eric B.

Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 13:00:00 PM EDT

Who is Tom Steyer? As has been mentioned previously, practically no one has any idea. What conservatives do know is that they've been ordered to hate him and anyone that can be tied to him, no matter how flimsy the strands. That includes Gary Peters in an ad, an ad flagged as a foul by the Truth Squad.

Peters’ campaign is being aided at least indirectly by cash from billionaire Steyer, just as Land’s campaign has benefitted from ads aired by Americans for Prosperity, a group funded by billionaires Charles and David Koch. Peters is an opponent of the Keystone Pipeline. Peters voted for a cap-and-trade policy that, if implemented, may have slowed job growth. But instead of focusing on cap-and-trade, the ad claims Peters supports a carbon tax and cites a study that links a carbon tax to the loss of 96,000 Michigan jobs. Linking Peters to support of a carbon tax is a misrepresentation of Peters’ record.

Let's be clear on this. There is credible evidence that Land has benefited from collusion with Americans for Prosperity, while Steyer's money has gone to campaign funds that have run pro-Peters ads. They're not really the same thing. Also, a carbon tax would be more effective at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by making them more expensive. But, we're not allowed to talk about the comparative efficacy of proposed ideas, because nobody bothers to take the time to learn about them. So, it's all about which one will kill the least number of jobs. Whatever. As the Truth Squad notes, Peters still didn't back a carbon tax, or a surrender of America to the U.N. via Grand Commissar Tom Steyer or any of the other silly things these people believe.

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Republicans know
that their billionaires, the Kochs, are actively trying to subvert democracy by buying elections for their own personal gain, so in their minds, "our" billionaire must be doing the same thing.

They haven't said much about Soros lately--he must be past his expiration date.

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