Before discussing the RNCC commercial “Comfortable”, a few Fun Facts :
FunFact#1 : Sean Duffy (Republican Congressman representing Superior WI) when asked about his $174,000 annual salary “I drive a used minivan. If you think I’m living high off the hog, I’ve got one paycheck. So I..I struggle to meet my bills right now.
FunFact#2 : Rick Nolan authored H.R.3562 – No Government No Pay Act of 2015 saying “if the Congress doesn’t do its job and get its work done, then Congress shouldn’t get paid.”
FunFact#3 : Congressional pay has not been increased since 2009.
FunFact#4 : Rick Nolan served in Congress from 1975 to 1981 and from 2013 to the present (yep, if my math is correct, that would mean ten years).
FunFact#5 : Justin Amash (R-MI-03), Morgan Griffith (R-VA-09), Raul Labrador (R-ID-01) and Thomas Massie (R-KY-04) voted four times during this legislative session to deny military pay increases.
FunFact#6 : House Republicans allowed the Agent Orange Act of 1991 to expire on September 30, 2015 and have failed to allow a vote on extending the program.
Contemplate those FunFacts as you watch the Republican National Congressional Committee attack ad on Rick Nolan
Rick Nolan has been in Congress for 10 years.
But Nolan was UN-comfortable giving a pay raise to American Soldiers.
Four times Nolan turned down soldiers and their families for help.
But Nolan voted to raise his own salary, five times.
Five times for his own comfort. But against raises for our military.
Because Rick Nolan only cares about the comfort, of Rick Nolan.
The NRCC is responsible for the content of this advertising.
Yep, it’s all true … but maybe some caveats … like acknowledging that the ten years period stretches all the way back to 1975.
Yep, he did vote NO on a number of bills that included sections that addressed military pay … but also many other spending measures … such that a number of other Republicans voted NO also … (8 on HR 1735 Roll Call 239, 10 on HR 1735 Roll Call 532, 9 on S 1356 Roll Call 618, and 5 on HR 4909 Roll Call 216).
Yep, he did vote on Congressional Pay … but four of those were during the 1975-1979 period … and the laws have changed since then … but one was from this year.
The salaries of member of the Legislative Branch automatically increase each year as required by the Ethics Reform Act of 1989. This year as part of the appropriations process, HR 5325 was offered to pay for House operating expenses, including salaries for members and staff, including the costs of printing, the sergeant-at-arms and security, etc. The bill’s primary purpose is not raising salaries but keeping the House of Representatives operating …Congressional salaries are a small portion of this appropriation.
Fourteen Republicans voted along with Rick Nolan — will all of them get the same RNCC “attack” ?
OK … so the message that the NRCC wants to portray is that Rick Nolan really doesn’t care about the military and veterans.
Yet, let’s look at the bills he has co-sponsored :
H.R.250 — Families of Fallen Servicemembers First Act
H.R.344 — Manufacturing Jobs for Veterans Act
H.R.572 — Veterans Access to Community Care Act of 2015
H.R.868 — Veterans TRICARE Choice Act
H.R.969 — DOING WHAT’S RIGHT FOR OUR NAVY VETERANS EXPOSED TO AGENT ORANGE
H.R.1170 — Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act
H.R.1384 — Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Retirees Act
H.R.1769 — Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2016
H.R.1845 — Military Family Leave Act of 2015
H.R.1978 — Veterans Conservation Corps Act of 2015
H.R.2123 — Enhancing Veterans’ Access to Treatment Act of 2015
H.R.2237 — Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act
H.R.3423 — AGENT ORANGE EXTENSION Act of 2015
H.R.3870 — Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act
H.R.4352 — Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016
H.R.4796 — Military Parental Leave Modernization Act
Yep, it is pretty hard to say that Rick Nolan doesn’t want to provide “comfort”, jobs and support for our military … but that is what the NRCC wants to imply.
Yet, that was the obvious message … it was really the Subliminal Message that was not expressed in words that stood out.
During the commercial, there was a television running in the background … and on the screen were clips of the 2015 San Bernardino terror attack … just a little Subliminal Message.
There was also a newspaper with a headline “Rick Nolan Raised His Own Salary Five Times”, but also a sidebar headline “Flu Virus Spreads to LA” … could that be a Subliminal Message that the Zika virus is something that Congress should address ?
IF so, well Rick Nolan is actually pushing for funding … being a cosponsor of H.R.5044 — Making supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2016 to respond to Zika virus.
But sadly, the Republican-controlled has ignored Rick Nolan and his 191 other co-sponsors refusing to allow a vote on that bill.
The RNCC commercial is a good example of “political theatre” … that needs the caption “inspired by true events” because it is more fiction than fact.
IF the RNCC really cared about our veterans they would call for an immediate vote on Agent Orange legislation … and if they cared about the unborn, they would properly fund Zika.