Posts Tagged ‘campaign promise’
[B]ecause an objective informed American usually votes more center-right, rather than radical left.
Today’s post comes from an article with the headline, “Obama to GOP: Stop trying to frighten the American People”. And I simply retort with the title of this post, because Obama has been griping since during the campaign about the so-called “failed policies of the last eight years under George Bush”. He continues to moan and groan about George Bush’s time in office, even as he comes up on his first year complete.
George W. didn’t do everything right. For my part, I thought he was a bit too spendy-spendy with money that the government didn’t have. And he’s the one who started this bailout/stimulus mess. However, sitting back listening to Obama complain like he was still on the campaign trail just basically makes me want to say, “Dude, get over it!” But no, he continues to bellyache about the GOP, today saying that Republicans are only out there to scare Americans.
But the thing is, anytime any policy is put out there, Democrat or Republican, that erodes our liberties for the sake of the “greater good”, Americans should be frightened, even to action. But what gets me is that the only thing I see these days from the GOP is them trying to get the truth of things back out there in the face of the public – something they’re not really used to doing, but have had to do since their fall from grace in 2006. Despite my cynicism towards the Grand Ole Party, there are Republicans out there who are trying to tell Americans the truth of the Democrat agenda, such as the stimulus, health (s)care de-form, crap and tax (cap and trade), and climate change. And of course, the Dems don’t like the dirty little secrets of their agenda getting out because an objective informed American usually votes more center-right, rather than radical left.
For example, with more and more government programs in place by this current administration continue to grow government without limit. Democrats continue to assert how they are trying to do things that benefit Americans and then we see a health care reform bill from the Senate that casts aside the public option, yet expands Medicare. Congress makes a pact to not add provisions for federally funded abortion in the bill, yet the Senate bill now allows for it (because they won’t explicitly deny it – kind of like how liberals view the 9th and 10th Amendments: If the law says we can’t, they we can!). And then we see the unemployment rate hovering around 10% when the President promised it wouldn’t go above 8% if the stimulus bill was passed.
The most blessed thing about America is that it was to be the country where one man could not rule over another without their consent, unlike the system in Europe and most everywhere else in the world. Yet today, the Democrats are either trying to take that power through legislative means and bullying or through soft tyranny, such as what DeTocqueville wrote in Democracy in America.
And the American people are showing that they are not frightened, but rather, increasingly incensed about being deceived by an administration that promised all of this “hope and change” and yet is showing more of the same – the same tone since before even W was president. Obama has already told some whoppers and broke some campaign promises. Here are three that are especially close to my heart:
1) Five day public review period for non-emergency legislation: In May 2009, Obama broke this one by signing the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009, effectively stops credit card companies from increasing rates without notice and requires them to post their rules on the Internet, among other things. This wasn’t an emergency measure, as it goes into effect next year, but he signed it just two days after it passing Congress.
And like it matters, after all, putting bills online for public comment for five days doesn’t matter because the public’s comments are generally ignored by the administration. Obama is going to sign or not sign and it doesn’t matter that the public gets to see it a week earlier – it won’t change anything. So this view of transparency is impotent.
Obama also signed an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which provides health coverage for low-income children. He signed it on Feb. 4, 2009, just hours after it was finalized in Congress.
2) Health care reform debate televised on C-SPAN: Obama promised — repeatedly — an end to closed-door negotiations and complete openness for the health care talks. But he hasn’t delivered. Instead of open talks of C-SPAN, we’ve gotten more of the same — talks behind closed doors at the White House and Congress. We might revisit this promise if there’s a dramatic change, but we see nothing to indicate anything has changed
Obama made the point that we would address this in a bipartisan fashion, but, at present, the Democrats have locked the GOP out of any possibility of being involved in the bill’s work and genesis. The House negotiation was done behind closed doors as well. The Dems have demonstrated that they have no interest in involving the GOP in this discussion because this is their end run to passing health care de-form (yes, you read that right).
3) Tougher rules on appointing lobbyists into the Administration: This bridge got burned when the Administration announced the use of recusals and waivers to allow folks like William Lynn of Raytheon, Jocelyn Frye from the National Partnership for Women and Families, and Cecilia Muñoz, from the National Council for La Raza (NCLR), all of which presently have cushy jobs within ObamAd, Inc. Senator Grassley asked for information on this, but the White House arrogantly sandbags the process and talks about waivers to policy – waivers that the White House creates. In short, the White House says it won’t appoint lobbyists to the administration, but it gets to choose when to implement a waiver.
President Obama has been appointing a number of crazy people into his administration as of late and the Democrat PR machine has been doing whatever it can to cover up the shady history of the people there. Van Jones was a classic example, a self-proclaimed communist right in the administration and Anita Dunn who thought Mao Tse Tung was just a wonderful guy. (both have since been kicked to the curb). There’s the Safe Schools czar, Ken Jennings who believes discussing “fisting” with 14 year olds is perfectly acceptable. Cass Sunstein, regulatory czar who believes that animals should have the same legal rights to bring a lawsuit as human beings. John Holdren, the dimwit who wrote in his 1977 book EcoScience that “population control measures such as mandatory abortion could be sustainable within the Constitution”. And let’s not forget about Mark Lloyd who would use localist tactics, such as regional content review boards to silence conservative (and Christian) radio stations.
Of course, when the GOP or right-wing commentators like Glenn Beck, Hannity, or Rush make mention of these things, they’re participating in fear mongering.
I’ll tell you this, if you and your party can stop lying to the American people, we’ll stop scaring them with our exposing the truth, because we won’t have to do it. Instead, your admissions of liberal, big government hostility would be clear and plain – enough for any objectively thinking American to turn their voting switch to the right.
Well, that didn’t take long.
In Kaukauna, Wisconsin, June 12, 2008, Barack Obama made the following statement while campaigning:
"If you are a family making less than $250,000, my plan will not raise your taxes – not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." (emphasis added)
But yet, on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, President Obama signed the so-called SCHIP bill which, buried within this legislation that while supposedly ensuring that every kid has health coverage is a…
…a tax increase of 61¢ on tobacco products, upping the Federal excise per pack to $1.
Now I’m not a fan of tobacco and I don’t have anything against helping kids. However, despite the fact that SCHIP is already a bad idea because it allows for health care for kids up to the age of 25 and creates additional government dependency by creating a way for people to not procure health coverage for their kids (instead deferring to SCHIP), I look at this and say, since the greatest amount of smokers in the US are also making less than $250,000/year, putting an excise of 61¢ on tobacco products increases their taxes.
Liberals seem to have a big problem with the tobacco industry in general, attacking it at every turn on moral grounds, even though they don’t seem to afford the same moral laissez-faire attitude that they do to the gay movement, but I digress.
While this doesn’t directly affect me, since I’m not a smoker and my kids don’t need SCHIP, the thing is, since the value of a campaign promise is equal to that of a used tissue, it means that all the promises of hope, change, etc etc are now on the table. The Bible is pretty clear about its inference that if one can’t be trusted in little things, than why should one be trusted in big things.
The thing is, Obama said, “not any of your taxes”, that also means a federal excise tax on tobacco. To me, the word ‘any’ is one of those absolutes that can come back to bite one in the posterior region if used carelessly.
How many broken promises and lies does it take before one becomes a liar?