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This new ad from Arkansas GOP senate candidate Tom Cotton is basically 2014's version of the infamous Jesse Helms 'Hands' ad:

Voiceover: You've worked hard, every day, all your life. You've paid into Social Security, counted on it being there. But liberals in Washington want to let illegal immigrants get Social Security for work they did with forged identities. And when they needed one vote, they got it—from Senator Mark Pryor. On illegal immigration, Mark Pryor never takes your side.
There are a million things wrong with this ad, starting with its blatant immigrant bashing, which Cotton obviously hopes will win the day for him. But it's worth noting that despite its emotionally-charged appeal to nativism, even the ad itself concedes that the issue is whether immigrants who achieve legal status should receive credit for Social Security taxes that they paid while working without legal documents. When you think about it like that, it completely turns the issue around, because it's hard to make the case that it's fair to deny Social Security benefits to somebody who has paid Social Security taxes.

Not only that, but most immigrants are young, and come to the U.S. to work. And when they work, they pay Social Security taxes, which strengthens Social Security since it's a pay-as-you-go system. So instead of being freaked out about brown people, the people in Cotton's ad should be pretty eager to get more workers to support their retirement.

Finally, it takes some serious chutzpah for Cotton to accuse Pryor of being the guy who wants to weaken Social Security given that even so-called fact checkers acknowledge that Cotton has voted to cut Social Security and raise the retirement age. Cotton doesn't want to talk about those votes, so instead of defending them, he's trying to change the subject by using the oldest page in the GOP playback: Taking aiming at minorities.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 10:40 AM PDT.

Also republished by LatinoKos.

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  •  And the usual "rogues gallery" Pelosi and BHO nt (4+ / 0-)

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 10:46:37 AM PDT

  •  That is so bizarre. (8+ / 0-)

    As you noted, it's basically:

    "You worked hard. You paid into Social Security. Other people also worked hard and paid into Social Security. Now those people want their benefits as well."

    Not to mention that SS is not a zero-sum game.

    "I've always admired your tart honesty and ability to be personally offended by broad social trends." -Principal Skinner.

    by cardinal on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 10:50:53 AM PDT

    •  All it really is, is (6+ / 0-)
      Vote for me, I'm white.  Pryor is a "Latino-lover"
      Long history in that state, but I think this kind of appeal will fail.  This is not the Arkansas of Orville Faubus.

      Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

      by TomP on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 10:53:30 AM PDT

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      •  Orville Faubus, for those who do not know, (5+ / 0-)

        was this pig:

        Orval Eugene Faubus (January 7, 1910 – December 14, 1994)[1] was the 36th Governor of Arkansas, serving from 1955 to 1967. He is best known for his 1957 stand against the desegregation of the Little Rock School District during the Little Rock Crisis, in which he defied a unanimous decision of the United States Supreme Court by ordering the Arkansas National Guard to stop African-American students from attending Little Rock Central High School.


        Faubus' decision led to a showdown with President Dwight D. Eisenhower and former Governor Sid McMath. In October 1957, Eisenhower federalized the Arkansas National Guard and ordered them to return to their armories which effectively removed them from Faubus' control. Eisenhower then sent elements of the 101st Airborne Division to Arkansas to protect the black students and enforce the Federal court order. Arkansas National Guard later took over protection duties from the 101st Airborne Division. In retaliation, Faubus shut down Little Rock high schools for the 1958—1959 school years. This is often referred to as "The Lost Year" in Little Rock.[7]


        Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

        by TomP on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 10:56:20 AM PDT

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    •  similar mentality when it comes to "those people" (0+ / 0-)

      receiving healthcare coverage.  "You (good white people) work hard and deserve affordable healthcare coverage, while those (not white therefore not good) people by definition don't work hard if they work at all, and don't deserve anything.  

      you can shit on my face but that doesn't mean I have to lick my lips

      by red rabbit on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 10:55:41 AM PDT

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  •  What you say is true, BUT (5+ / 0-)

    Truth be damned, this will be taken as truth to low-info voters and likely accomplish its' intended purpose. In that regard it is a good ad (propaganda) - regardless its' immoral sponsor.

  •  Won't matter how wrong the ad is if it goes (3+ / 0-)

    unanswered, Pryor needs to counter and fast because the same idiots that demand the government stay out of their Medicare and worry about immigrants stealing their Social Security also happen to be the most likely to vote in a midterm.

  •  Just thinking about Jesse again makes me sick (2+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, maybeeso in michigan

    "you needed that job"

    I can still hear it ringing in my head...

    There is no "path" to choose. The path is what is behind you that led you to today. What lies in front of you is not a fork in the road - not a choice of paths to take, but rather an empty field for you to blaze your own direction.

    by cbabob on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 10:52:47 AM PDT

  •  The best thing for Social Security (4+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, maybeeso in michigan, hbk, Ahianne

    ...would be to raise the minimum wage. And wages generally

    Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

    by Land of Enchantment on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 10:53:10 AM PDT

  •  More up-is-down-isms (3+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, maybeeso in michigan, hbk

    from the same clowns who would do away with Social Security if they could.

    This particular brand of lies makes my blood boil!

  •  funding (3+ / 0-)
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    maybeeso in michigan, hbk, Ahianne

      By accident this morning the funding for Cotton was given a moment of sunlight.

        Most remember the Freedom Partner funding that was outed last year.   There were all sorts of funny names LLC's that then became disregarded entities...and then were named via War on Error here - Sourcewatch / CMD, et.  
        Happenstance I took a look today and this c6 group have spun-off (?) created a funding mechanism:  Freedom Partners Action Fund.   That has 2 funders:  Parent and Mountaire Corp =   which is one guy:  Ron Cameron from AK.  

          I don't know if this 530K is all of Cotton's war-chest but it should be relatively easy to track - when there is essentially ONE Major Funders - who has links to Koch

        From Open Secrets / Freedom Partners Action Fund page

    Contrib    Occupation    Date    Amount
    LITTLE ROCK, AR 72221        06/20/14    $500,000
    ARLINGTON, VA 22201        06/30/14    $30,409

  •  Expect worse to come (1+ / 0-)
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    This new ad from Arkansas GOP senate candidate Tom Cotton is -basically- currently 2014's version of the infamous Jesse Helms 'Hands' ad:
    It's still early days, the GOP can go much lower.
  •  I know that there are kind, intelligent, (1+ / 0-)
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    thoughtful, intelligent and well-meaning republicans somewhere.

    I guess I'm just as glad they hide them so well.

    Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by maybeeso in michigan on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 11:32:15 AM PDT

  •  I really appreciate (1+ / 0-)
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    how Republicans looooove Social Security in election years.

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 11:32:24 AM PDT

  •  I know it's "lookist" (0+ / 0-)

    but who else has noticed that Tom Cotton has very low-set ears? That sort of screams "Deliverance" at this one-time neonatal nurse……..

    Being "pro-life" means believing that every child born has a right to food, education, and access to health care.

    by Jilly W on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 12:03:53 PM PDT

  •  Don't the "illegals" forge their SocSec cards? (0+ / 0-)

    If I have a bogus Social Security card, then how can anyone know how much I've paid?  And if forged documents were used to obtain a valid card, then loss of any credit for prior contributions seems a reasonable penalty.

    Either way, this is a scummy ad.

    Don't be a DON'T-DO... Be a DO-DO!

    by godwhataklutz on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 01:08:00 PM PDT

  •  Facts Don't Matter (2+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne, JG in MD

    If they did, we'd recognize that undocumented aliens who pay into Social Security under forged/stolen identities, but never draw benefits, actually HELP Social Security's bottom line.

  •  "you worked so hard, day after day..." (0+ / 0-)

    "You saved your money, now they're taking it away."

    "And bad mistakes, you made a few,
    "You voted in greedy teabagger Republicans,

    ("and it's going on, and on, and on, and on...")

    "You are the dumbfucks, my friends,
    You'll vote for the teabags, till the end.
    "You are dumbfucks, you are the dumbfucks,
    "We're all the losers,
    "Cause you, are the dumbfucks, of the world."

    "You've worked hard, every day, all your life. You've paid into Social Security, counted on it being there...   "


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