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George Carlin:The End Of An Era

The passing of George Carlin last Sunday marks the end of an era. Carlin, who died of heart failure at 71, was the last of a breed of abrasive socio-political satirists – on this continent, anyway.

Carlin came from the same school of irreverence as Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks, all deceased prematurely. Like the aforementioned, Carlin, too, was unflinching in his criticism of bogus political, religious and cultural leaders. Unlike most of today’s contemporary comedians, Carlin didn’t care about the ramifications of his potshots. He truly cared more about the sanity of his country.
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Republican Presidential Candidates Tv Ads

Republican Presidential Candidates Tv Ads

Republican Presidential Candidates Tv Ads The cost to try to influence the 2008 election could exceed $3 billion, according to TNS Media Intelligence/Campaign Media Analysis Group, CNN’s consultant on political television advertising.

This is nearly twice as much than what was spent in 2004 when political and issue-advocacy television advertising rang in at $1.7 billion. In 2006, $2.3 billion was spent on political and issue-advocacy TV commercials.

Rudy’s New TV Ad "Challenges"

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani focuses on the economic improvements he made in New York and the drop in the city’s crime rate in a new television ad that began airing in New Hampshire Wednesday.

“The world’s 17th largest economy. Swimming in red ink. Record crime. Runaway taxes. A million on welfare. That was New York,” an announcer says. “Until Rudy.”

Giuliani faced a more than $2 billion budget deficit despite a tax rate of almost 9 percent. Giuliani said the tax rate scared away business; hotel taxes were $24 a night, compared with $8 in other major cities at the time. And in 1994, almost one in seven New Yorkers were on welfare.

In the ad, which starts in New Hampshire and Boston television markets, an announcer highlights Giuliani’s response: “He cut taxes 9 billion. Welfare 60 percent. Crime in half. The most successful conservative turnaround in 50 years.”

“In America’s most liberal city, Rudy delivered. And he can do it again, in a place called Washington, D.C.”

In his standard campaign speech, Giuliani says he cut taxes 23 times. His rivals say Giuliani opposed some reductions, and he takes credit for some at the state level rather than city level. His campaign says he saved New Yorkers more than $9 billion and cut welfare rolls by 640,000 to the lowest number since 1966.