- The accumulated weight of Obama's deceit is overwhelming...
- * During his campaign for the presidency and since, Obama
repeatedly assured us that he would protect Medicare against cuts; but
he now presses for passage of bills that include savage cuts in Medicare.
- * To obtain passage of his first stimulus bill, Obama
assured us that 90% of the jobs created would be in the private sector;
but as he well knew, most of them were to be in the p! ublic sector.
- * Early in the health care debate, Obama assured us that
he had not said that he favored a single payer system; but he was on record
as having said exactly that.
- * Obama gave primary voters a firm assurance that if
he became the nominee of the Democratic party he would (unlike Hillary
Clinton) abide by the campaign finance limits of public funding; but as
soon as he became the party's nominee, he reneged on that pledge.
- * During the presidential campaign Obama criticized the
presence of former lobbyists in the Bush administration and solemnly assured
us that he would appoint no lobbyists to his administration; but once elected
he proceeded to appoint even more lobbyists than his predecessors.
- * Obama criticized the size of George Bush's deficit
and promised to stop deficit spending if elected; but he has already quadrupled
the size of the deficit he objected to and recklessly continues new federal
spending in the trillions.
- * When campaigning Obama criticized bills before the
congr! ess that were too long for anyone to be able to read and promised
to stop that; but the bills he has been backing throughout his first year
are infinitely longer (2000+ pages) than the ones he criticized.
- * Candidate Obama promised an end to the corruption of
earmarks and pork, but in the bills he has supported this year there have
been more and bigger earmarks than ever before.
- * Candidate Obama promised us that CIA personnel involved
in the interrogation of terrorists would not be prosecuted; but his administration
is now doing exactly that.
- * Obama assured a joint session of Congress that the
health bill he supported (pre-Stupak) would not provide public funding
for abortions; but bitter resistance on the part of House Democrats to
inclusion of language to that effect soon proved that it did.
- * Candidate Obama promised that he would make sure that
there was always enough time for the public to read legislation before
it was enacted; but he has done! exactly the opposite, repeatedly pressing
for even faster passage of even longer bills.
- * Candidate Obama met fears that he would be a tax and
spend liberal by promising, emphatically and repeatedly, that those earning
under $200,000 would see no increase in their taxes of any kind; but he
now urges passage of a healthcare bill that breaks that pledge in many
different ways, and his unrestrained increase in federal spending makes
more tax increases inevitable.
- * Candidate Obama promised bipartisanship and an end
to partisan bickering; but in a display of especially ruthless partisanship
his allies have shut Republicans out of all key meetings on his health
care initiative, with the unprecedented result that domestic legislation
of historic importance garnered not a single Republican vote in the Senate.
- * Candidate Obama criticized his opponent's plan to tax
employer paid healthcare benefits, and promised he would not tax them;
but the bill he now ba! cks will do just that.
- * Obama had promised that he wo! uld not sign a healthcare
bill that would add one dime to the federal deficit; but the bill he now
backs adds trillions in new federal spending, offset only by new sources
of revenue that are both uncertain and more properly seen as offsetting
the already existing deficit.
- * Obama coerced congress into passing his stimulus bill
by promising that if it were passed unemployment could go no higher then
8%; but unemployment is now at 10%, and he could not possibly have had
good reason to exclude that possibility.
- * Obama promised that his cap and trade legislation will
create jobs; but its massive tax increases will certainly hobble the economy
and destroy jobs, while green jobs in significant numbers can at best be
hoped for, but never promised.
- * Obama has repeatedly assured the American people that
if they like their current health plan they can keep it; but the House
bill which he supported created huge incentives for employers to drop their
coverage and shif! t their members to a public option.
- * Obama has just as often assured the public that under
his health plan everyone will be able to keep their current doctor; but
many are certain to lose their doctors when ObamaCare's large cuts in Medicare
funding induce more doctors to withdraw from Medicare coverage, as they
also would were employers to transfer patients to a public option to save
- * Obama assured a joint session of Congress that his
health plan would not fund illegal aliens; but his allies had been busy
voting down amendments to that effect. (This was the point of Joe Wilson's
- * Obama claimed that John Deere's CEO had told him that
Deere would begin hiring again as a result of the stimulus bill; but that
individual immediately announced that he had said no such thing, and that
Deere would in fact be laying off more workers.
- * Candidate Obama promised that Guantanamo would be closed
by January 1, 2010; but it is still op! en.
- * Candidate Obama promised that his administration! (unlike
his predecessor's) would be so transparent that TV cameras (C-Span) would
be there for key deliberations; but an unprecedented level of secrecy prevails
as the final stages of Obamacare are negotiated behind closed doors and
kept so secret that even the Senate majority whip admitted that he had
no idea what was going on. Requests for Obama to honor the promise of C-Span
cameras are being ignored.
- * To gain traction for his attempt to return a would-be
socialist dictator in Honduras to power, Obama claimed that he had been
overthrown in an illegal coup; but the congressional research service pointed
out correctly that ex-President Zelaya had been removed for constitutionally
sufficient cause by legal and constitutional means.
- * Obama claims that he wants a public option only to
increase choice and competition; but the House bill would clearly reduce
choice both by squeezing unsubsidized private health plans out of the market,
and by setting rigid conditions o! n acceptable plans that would narrow
- * Candidate Obama claimed that violent radical Bill Ayers
was just another guy in his neighborhood; but the record shows that the
two had worked closely together (...and most probably still do).
- * Obama assured us that his stimulus bill would create
or save a million jobs; but he was claiming as fact what could never have
been more than a wild (and highly improbable) guess, and his more recent
attempts to justify that guess have been fraudulent.
- * Obama assured us that his health plan would never ration
care, or "pull the plug" on grandma; but the legislation he backs
sets up panels to make crucial decisions on when to withhold care, and
it makes such deep cuts in Medicare that rationing is inevitable.
- * Obama now assures us that health insurance premiums
will not go up if ObamaCare becomes law, insisting indignantly that people
who say this have not read the bill; but the legislation forces insurers
to cover preexisti! ng conditions, which will compel them to raise premiums