Riggleman’s new TV ads

It’s that time in the political season when the TV ads start and by November 6th you will probably be sick of them. Denver Riggleman has two already.

The first is the usual introduction ad. The second gets into policy. See it here.* Riggleman calls for making permanent the personal tax cuts and then rails against “job killing regulations,” which is a perennial Republican lie.

Time and again studies show that regulations, while ending some jobs, in many cases create an equal amount or more jobs. It’s curious that he is running on the Trump tax cuts as most Republican candidates have abandoned that position.

By 2027 most of the individual changes in the GOP’s new tax bill will expire and 83 percent of the remaining benefits will go to the top 1 percent.
— Bloomberg News

The personal tax cuts are minuscule, and he mentions a $60 a month figure that will probably be lost to the higher prices from Trump’s trade war or the increased cost of health insurance because of Republican attempts to destroy the ACA.

Riggleman comes off as the aggrieved businessman. His positions help him but not the average citizen of the 5th.

* Yes, this Democratic website is linking to a GOP ad. Put in the proper context, Denver Riggleman’s ad is a case for Leslie Cockburn.

From Bloomberg News:

A September survey commissioned by the Republican National Committee has led the party to a glum conclusion regarding President Donald Trump’s signature legislative achievement: Voters overwhelmingly believe his tax overhaul helps the wealthy instead of average Americans.

By a 2-to-1 margin -- 61 percent to 30 percent -- respondents said the law benefits “large corporations and rich Americans” over “middle class families,” according to the survey, which was completed on Sept. 2 by the GOP firm Public Opinion Strategies and obtained by Bloomberg News.

Read the entire Bloomberg news report here, including why the majority are correct in their conclusions.

Louis Harpster