Here’s an idea for a new law that I believe all of us can support.
All candidates, pacs, various federally numbered types of political groups running ads for or against any candidate for any state-wide or national office must maintain a website. Any numbers or statistics in any ad that is made available to the general public must have a copy of their ad on their website and must show the source or derivation as well as any computations used to derive the numbers or statistics used in the ad.
I will vote, well maybe not, for any candidate who states that they will, apparently in complete lack of knowledge of the constitution, implement such a law on their first day in office. Violators, both living and dead(corporations) of this rule under what will be called the Freedom From Bologna Act will be enjoined from running any type of ads in any generally distributed media for a period of 1 calendar year or the next state/federal election whichever comes last.
I would really love to see how the politicians would justify some of their numbers as well as the current fear factor numbers we often see on teen drug use, child abuse, kidnapping, cell phone radiation, vaccines, cough syrup abuse and other hot button topics.
Off the original subject the proposed teenage cough syrup bans that are popping up in many states could serve a double purpose because mouthwash(some equivalent to around 54 proof alcohol) is cheaper and more affordable than cough syrup and I am sure some teenagers will come home to good old-fashioned drunkenness from their current dextromethorphan high. A second positive result will be that those teens who drink mouthwash will walk into their first period class , tardy as usual and still clutching a 20 oz Mountain Dew or caffeine laden coffee, but now they will have fresh minty breath and may not be so sleepy. In most, not all , cases these drug seeking teens don’t have a drinking problem they have an emotional or parenting problem and banning the current tempting bait will not keep them from getting caught on some other new shiny lure.
Now I’m going to try to get down off my soap box without falling and breaking a hip as I’m old and I find slowly but surely becoming my father.