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Garbage In, Garbage Out

October 2, 2012

I might be a little late to the party on this one, but honestly… the proponents of President Obama are going after his opponent using the guy who picks up his garbage at one of his houses?

“My name is Richard Hayes, and I pick up Mitt Romney’s trash,” the man says to the camera in the 60-second Web ad. “We’re kind of like the invisible people, you know. He doesn’t realize you know that the service we provide, you know, if it wasn’t for us you know, it would be a big health issue, us not picking up trash.

“Picking up 15, 16 tons by hand, you know that takes a toll on your body,” Hayes continued. “When I’m 55, 60 years old, I know my body’s going to be break down. Mitt Romney doesn’t care about that.”

I suppose all of that is true.  Any manual labor job done for forty years or so is sure to impact the body.  Of course, any desk job done for that long also impacts the body, as sedentary lifestyle also causes health problems.  Let’s face it, getting old means you’re not young and healthy anymore.  It also means you’re eligible to star in an anti-Romney ad focusing on Medicare, apparently.

This is politics, so I’m not shocked at all.  The Obama campaign has tried to hit Romney on his tenure at Bain Capital, when has led a significant amount of people to conclude… that Mitt Romney effectively ran the company and made it successful until he left suddenly to run the Olympics and make it successful.  They’re tried to hit him for being rich and out of touch when in fact pretty much everyone in politics in rich and out of touch.  Even if they came from humble beginnings, they still have a pile of money now or they wouldn’t be in national office (or because of the fact that they’re in national office).

Meanwhile, where we see substantive facts that the administration can’t run a lemonade stand, the press is only starting to dance around the story.  The press is only now starting to conclude that the attacks in Libya were in part caused by lack of attention to detial and a fear of upsetting a mob over protecting US assets.  Days after it was pretty obvious.  I won’t even talk about the failure to connect intelligence to the message delivered to the public.

Maybe if the administration on purpose mixed plastic and paper recycled materials in the trash, it’d be a story.

Updated: Oh, too good… Mitt Romney did a garbageman for a day gig while campaigning for Mass governor.

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