To the editor:
As elections approach we should remember that truth in advertising laws do NOT apply to political campaigns. Imagine what it would be like if they did. Lawsuits would be everywhere. Candidates are allowed to say whatever they want, regardless whether what they claim is based on fact.
A possible example of this is the tactic of using the unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act and the common theme of “job killing laws.” What evidence exists that this law would kill jobs? Wouldn’t this act create jobs, particularly in the health field, as millions more Americans will have health care? If this law might kill jobs shouldn’t they explain how?
Candidates for offices from county sheriff to mayors to lieutenant governors are claiming that they will end Obamacare. None of these offices can overturn an act of Congress. Are there no other issues that are important? Candidates for state and local offices should campaign explaining how they would execute the office for which they are running, what their qualifications for that office are and what changes they would make.