One of the most tiring elements of living in the Internet age is the increasing use of superlatives -- i.e. "Worst. Meal. EVAR."
So, it is with due consideration that we posit Prop. C backers' new ad claiming "THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE!" between union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and public defender Jeff Adachi is the most disingenuous and loathsome political bit we've seen yet.
Your humble narrator penned a cover story on the substantive and political differences between Propositions C and D -- the "city family" pension measure and the one pushed by Adachi. There are numerous practical reasons for well-read, intellectual people to cast a vote for either measure. But if this ad is what it takes to push you out of the Prop. D camp and into the city family's embrace, sorry -- you are a dolt. This is a deeply stupid ad -- but it's even more noxious because it assumes you, too, are deeply stupid.
Here's the premise:
According to the city family, Walker's overbearing attempt to wrest away collective bargaining rights from state employees and Adachi's goal of upping pension contributions via a measure placed on the ballot by citizens' signatures and voted on by the people of this city are identical. But wait, there's more! They also use the same political cliches:
Per the video, they both used these phrases to describe their actions: "We are broke";"taxpayers"; "kicks the can down the road"; "modest"; and "progressive." Oh, there's also menacing, authoritarian music playing in the background. In retrospect, you really needed the music. Because describing multimillion- or even multibillion-dollar deficits by saying "we're broke"; mentioning "taxpayers"; and using the hackneyed phrase "kicks the can" is laughably unremarkable. Perhaps both Walker and Adachi also shared the words "if," "or," "but," "too," and "tunafish sandwich." Also -- and this is big -- both Walker and Adachi wear pants.
The "Jeff Adachi is Scott Walker" meme is not new. In a deeply misguided and self-serving editorial, a pair of SEIU higher-ups made that claim in the Guardian back in April:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican Legislature eliminated
collective bargaining for their public employees to slash their wages,
health care, and pensions, Adachi is slashing San Francisco's workers
pay and pensions through the ballot, effectively taking those items off
the bargaining table. What's the difference?