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2nd Congressional race ads and the GR Press

May 19, 2010

Yesterday the Grand Rapids Press posted an article that takes a look at a new political ad by 2nd Congressional candidate and political newcomer Jay Riemersma. The posting has the ad embedded, but provides little analysis of either the ad or Riemersma’s political platform.

The Press reporter begins by telling us that Riemersma’s ad has been running on the Fox News channel from Traverse City to Grand Rapids. However, the story then switches to reactions from Riemersma’s GOP opponents.

Candidate Bill Cooper points out that Riemersma has been using a fundraising consultant group, Base Connect, but the reporter never bothers to tell readers anything about this group. According to their website, Base Connect “is a creative agency for conservative candidates running at the national level. They boast a list of conservative candidates and organizations in their client list. Among the groups are Veterans for Victory, a pro-war/pro-defense PAC; the National Center for Policy Research, which got it’s start support Reagan’s policies in Afghanistan and Central America in the 1980s; and the Liberty Committee, which works to reduce the size of government.

The rest of the Press article on Riemersma has a reaction from another candidate for the 2nd Congressional seat, Bill Huizenga and a short excerpt from Riemersma’s ad. The Press reporter offers no analysis of the ad or information about Riemersma’s platform as a candidate.

In the ad Riemersma says he wants to be known for cutting taxes, being Pro-Life and for Conservative Values, stopping Washington from reckless spending and that he is pro-gun. Any with any ad it is hard to know what he means by cutting taxes. Does this mean he favors cutting taxes for working people, the rich or corporations? According to Riemersma’s website he is in favor of cutting corporate taxes.

On the matter of “reckless Washington spending” Riemersma offers no details on his website, so it is hard to know if he is against the Wall Street bailout or any other government program, because he never identifies the reckless spending. One area of reckless spending would not be the military budget, since Riemersma is pro-military. He quotes the great historian Ronald Reagan who says, “History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.” Interesting comment, especially since the Reagan administration supported numerous wars around the world with the largest military budget on the planet.

Unfortunately, this kind of analysis is not provided by the reporters at the GR Press. They believe that just having reaction from political opponents is sufficient and more interesting than actually providing solid information on candidates and their platforms.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jeremy Hosbos permalink
    May 19, 2010 10:10 pm

    Here is more info. on Riemersma and Base Connect’s controversial practices, for anyone who is interested in learning more.

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