Barack Obama is an honorable man and the father of two young children. The bill in question was intended to provide age-appropriate information to young children about "good touch" / "bad touch" to help them avoid becoming victims of sexual predators.
Besides the big lie there's some glaring half truths about Barack Obama's real policies on education and no mention that the articles cited in the ad are actually much more critical of John McCain's record, and late-coming fuzzy policy plans, on education.
Here's a summary of John McCain's (and the Republican party's) philosophy on post-secondary education) from TG: Legislative Report: February 20, 2008 -
"The likely Republican nominee, Arizona Senator John McCain, has no stated position on the federal role in providing, or even promoting, access to post-secondary education. Aside from (but also including to a significant degree) the high profile issues of health insurance, Medicare, and Social Security, the traditional and historical position of the Republican Party is that the federal role in providing support for domestic education, health and human service, and job programs should be as limited as possible. And entitlement programs should be as limiting as politically possible. It is likely that the cost of the two major student loan programs would be a major consideration, with performance another factor. This is borne out by the results of the annual program evaluations of the current Office of Management and Budget Program Assessment and Rating Tool (PART) of the FFELP and FDLP."
It's amazing that, "the traditional and historical position of the Republican Party is that the federal role in providing support for domestic education, health and human service, and job programs should be as limited as possible. And entitlement programs should be as limiting as politically possible" and yet apparently unlimited "entitlements" go to the connected inner circle like Halliburton.
That may or may not be your cup of tea but holding out the position of a limited government while giving huge sums of middle class American's tax dollars to the richest people in America was not the original Republican ideal. At some point I think the Mom and Pop Republicans will realize that the party has been taken over by a small group of extremely wealthy people who mostly don't want anyone upsetting their gravy train and could care less whether government serves the needs of average Americans - Democrat or Republican.
The Savings and loan crisis brought to us by Republicans in the 1980's, cost the American taxpayer $124.6 billion dollars. The Republicans have replayed that 1980's tune with the Subprime mortgage crisis that is impacting innocent home owners, probably not so innocent banks like Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers...WaMu, and will eventually cost working American's billions of dollars to bail out the very wealthy. So...the Republican philosophy starting with Reagan is that the taxes we pay are redistributed to the very wealthy.
Just for the record "TG" is a nonprofit organization created by the Texas State Legislature. TG's vision is "to be the premier source of information, financing, and assistance to help all families and students realize their educational and career dreams." They are governed by an 11 member board of directors 10 of whom are appointed by the Governor of Texas.
Barack Obama will be on David Letterman tonight talking about among other things the Republican's - and their national network Fox News, crying that now that Sarah Palin is in the race - Obama shouldn't use the old saw "lipstick on a pig" when referring to John McCain/Bush/Reagan/Republican's economic policies...or something like that.