Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sen. Burr uses non-Carolina actors in commercial

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 12:09 PM

You know how excited people get when movies are filmed in our state? In fact, our state government is so excited about attracting filmmakers, it even provides tax cuts for the industry because every time Hollywood comes to town, so do millions of dollars.

Why, then, did Sen. Richard Burr film a commercial made with stock film and West Coast actors? My guess is it was simply the cheaper choice. But outsourcing usually is, isn't it? That's what the big companies tell us when they say, "Oops. Sorry 'bout that job you planned to keep forever. We can get people on the other side of the world to do it for a fraction of what we pay you."

Still, why wouldn't Burr want to spend money locally, especially during an election, even if he does have to pay a few extra dollars? Isn't that the big Republican PR push — to crank up "main street" America's economy, get people back to work and support small businesses? (OK, scratch "small businesses" and replace it with "giant global corporations.")

Every indication is Burr's got the money to spend in his campaign war chest, so the few extra bucks that woulda, coulda, shoulda gone to someone locally shouldn't have been a big deal, especially given the whole money-where-your-mouth-is thing.

What's really interesting is the commercial is called "Priorities." It's talks about making America stronger and creating jobs. Well, um, Senator ... One way we could make America stronger and bolster our economy is to spend money in our own regions. #justsayin'

Of course, it's important to note what Sen. Burr says and what Sen. Burr does aren't always the same things. Check out his voting record, especially the "Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act," which he voted against last month.

By the way, he votes with his party 94 percent of the time and abstains from voting 1 percent of the time. Does that mean he only thinks for himself 5 percent of the time? I'd ask him, but he returns my calls zero percent of the time.

Note the family watching the sun set in this commercial. On our coast, Sen. Burr, the sun rises. But, perhaps this is a Freudian slip?

To be fair, here's a commercial from Burr's competition, Elaine Marshall, where, incidentally, she talks about Burr's propensity for outsourcing jobs:

Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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