Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Obama: The Top Five Broken Promises...So Far

I came across this list today of the five biggest broken promises that our President has made. Here is a summary:

1. His campaign website said, “Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.”

2. His campaign website also said, “No political appointees in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years. And no political appointee will be able to lobby the executive branch after leaving government service during the remainder of the administration.”

3. He has also said on multiple occasions (see website for details) that "no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase," or substantially similar words. The truth: Already raised taxes on cigarettes, and has proposed massive new taxes on energy; these will affect plenty of people who make less than $250,000!

4. On 3/10/08: “The system is broken. We can no longer accept a process that doles out earmarks based on a member of Congress’ seniority, rather than the merit of the project." The truth, of course, is that he has signaled his intent to sign a bill full of such earmarks as soon as it reaches his desk. It has already passed the House.

5. “Not because I believe in bigger government — I don’t.” More a statement than a promise...but it is a lie.

Fuller details are given here.

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