Mark Whittington points to an AFL-CIO ad ridiculing the Moon-Mars plan: Tell President Bush.
Color me unimpressed.
It’s hardly unexpected for the AFL-CIO to use whatever they can to poke at a Republican candidate — the organization typically campaigns for and endorses Democrats, after all. And it seems that in this case, they have found just another issue with which to deride the President.
Note the condescending tone (“Meanwhile, back on earth…”) and the focus on the usual palette of labor interests (jobs, health care, job safety, Social Security, Medicare, education, outsourcing, overtime pay). There is no substance to the ad with respect to the plan — no discussion of its proposed elements, no evaluation of the economic impact, not even a barrelfishingly easy swipe at “subsidies for the military-industrial complex”.
The content is pure boilerplate. By changing just a few lines of text, the site could be used to question any number of Bush policy proposals…as I suspect will happen frequently over the next few months.
(While the AFL-CIO has in effect — if insubstantially — dismissed the Moon-Mars plan, at least one other labor group is supporting it. As to whether that’s a good thing…)