Pete Ricketts: So Rich That Reality Doesn't Affect Himby Kyle Michaelis
Still, after weeks of hammering away at Ricketts in press releases and blog posts, it wasn't until a press conference on Monday that the Nebraska media really gave the story the time of day. Today's Omaha World-Herald reports:
Democratic U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson stood outside an Omaha gas station Monday and accused his opponent, Republican Pete Ricketts, of supporting a tax plan that would increase gas prices by 30 percent.
Ricketts fired back that Nelson was "misleading" voters and that he was not showing leadership on tax reform.
The latest exchange between the two revolves around comments Ricketts made about a national sales tax. He has said a consumption tax should be considered as part of an effort to streamline the federal tax code....
Nelson, speaking outside Ted's Sinclair gas station near 45th and Center Streets, repeatedly has taken Ricketts to task for "supporting" a national sales tax, saying it would benefit the state's wealthiest citizens at the expense of middle- and low-income Nebraskans....
Ricketts said Nelson was "distorting" his record.
He said he only has suggested that a national sales tax be one of many options, including a flat tax, considered to lower overall taxes.
"I'm not advocating for a consumption tax. I'm advocating for tax reform," Ricketts said.
He charged that Nelson's refusal to even consider a consumption tax or flat tax shows a lack of leadership.
Hmmm, if Pete Ricketts isn't advocating a consumption tax, I have to wonder why he didn't request a correction from the Fremont Tribune when they reported:
Ricketts also called for tax reformation via a consumption tax. “It’s fair because everybody pays,” he said. “All you have to do to avoid paying it is not buy anything.”
Fremont Tribune, 4/5/06
You said it, Pete. I don't see how you can deny saying it when it's right there in writing - unless of course the Fremont Tribune and its reporters are part of a vast centrist conspiracy publishing lies on behalf of Nelson. Other than that, the record is what the record is.
Then again, as evidenced by his latest campaign ad, Ricketts isn't very concerned with getting the facts straight. Having shown so little regard for Nelson's actual record or what the Nebraska press has actually written, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Ricketts would now play dumb about the things that have come out of his own mouth.
Taking a page from President Bush, Ricketts seems to believe he can make his own reality by simply disregarding the facts and sticking to his script. Wow, it must be nice to be so rich and to live in such a bubble that you don't even need to concern yourself with inconvenient truths.
By the way, I have to give Ricketts' special credit for the ridiculous notion of "leadership" that he espouses above. In Ricketts World, it seems you're not a good leader unless you keep an open mind about cockamamie schemes that will hurt the vast majority of citizens and voters.
Yeah, nothing screams leadership like sacrificing the good of the many for the benefit of a few. That's how they do it in Ricketts World.
Heaven help us - this race is getting stupider by the minute. Can we please just fast forward to November? Because I really don't know if I can put up with four more months of this Ricketts fellow and his absolutely shameless campaign. The bottom of the barrel has already been scraped (several times), but you just know that with all that money and all that desperation we ain't seen nothing yet.