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Obama’s Broken Promises: Incompetence or Dishonesty?

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 25, 2010

Last week’s election to the Senate of Republican Scott Brown in the Democrat state of Massachusetts is telling.  Just over a year ago, Obama and the Democrats controlled the Presidency, as well as both houses of Congress, and seemed to have a lock on power for years to come.  Obama and the Democrats have squandered the opportunity.  What seemed impossible just a few months ago is now being openly discussed.  Not only is it likely that the Democrats will lose many seats in the upcoming House and Senatorial elections, but their control in one or both houses could be at risk.

President Obama’s coattails have proven nonexistent.  The President flew to Copenhagen in a failed effort to secure the Olympics for Chicago.  He campaigned heavily for the Democrat candidates in this past November’s two gubernatorial elections.  Those efforts failed with Republicans winning in both states that the previous year went heavily to the Democrats.  There was a second trip to Copenhagen to secure a climate deal that also failed.  Most recently, the President put significant effort on behalf of Democrat Senatorial candidate, Martha Coakley, which failed in Massachusetts.

The Democrats now debate amongst themselves the reason for the shocking loss in Massachusetts.  Coakley’s campaign blames Obama for not helping earlier.  Obama backers claim that Coakley was a weak candidate.  These drivel misses the point and will be catastrophic come the November elections.

The American people quite simply have lost confidence in Obama and the Democrats for two reasons.  First is their overreaching to the radical Left.  America is a center-right country.  The bulk of the Independents that voted for Obama expected him to lead from the center.  Instead, he pushed the country far Left and ran up the deficits.

In addition, the President’s downward spiral is the result of his many broken promises made to the American people.  Listed below are 11 that cannot be argued.  While any one or two could be excused, taken as a group they are unforgivable, only excused by the far Left and the most partisan of Democrats.

During the presidential campaign, Obama was eloquent in his ability to make speeches with forcefulness and clarity.  This clarity made his promises stand out.  With the extent of broken promises so numerous, they offer only two logical explanations for the lapses.  Either: 1) Obama purposely misled the American people, or 2) his incompetency makes him unable to follow through with promises.  Either way, the rational conclusion is that he is not fit to serve a second term as president.

The President promised to bring change to Washington and change is what the American people wanted.  However, the change he delivered is not what was voted for.  The voters are disillusioned and feel betrayed, two strong emotions.  When the Democrats and Independents of the liberal state of Massachusetts said “no more”, it shows that the Tea Party movement is much larger than anyone imagined.  Change is indeed coming!

11 Obama Broken Promises

  1. Promise: The unemployment rate would not go past 8% with passage of his $787 billion Stimulus Package. Reality: The unemployment exceeded 10%. Unfulfilled promise.
  2. Promise: Obama will bring bipartisanship to government. Reality: None occurred and he did not even bring in liberal Republicans like Olympia Snow of Maine. Broken promise.
  3. Promise: A new way for Washington politics. Reality: The opposite occurred.  To get Healthcare through the Senate, the Obama team “bribed” Senators Landrieu and Nelson with multi-hundred million dollar perks for their states to get their votes for a bill their constituents did not want. Broken promise.
  4. Promise: The President promised he “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.Reality: Bills were delivered to Congress hours prior to their votes without public review. Broken promise.
  5. Promise: Bring transparency to Washington, stating: “But what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies.” Reality: Never occurred. Broken promise.
  6. Promise: To close Guantanamo prison. Reality: Prison still open. Broken promise.
  7. Promise: America will be safer with more international cooperation. Reality: We had more terrorist attacks in America in Obama’s first year than in Bush’s last seven. Unfulfilled promise.
  8. 8. Promise: The President promised in a January 6, 2009 press conference that: “We are going to ban all earmarks.” Reality: First spending bill Obama signed in March 2009 had over 9,000 earmarks. Broken promise.
  9. Promise: Cut government spending.  In the second presidential debate Obama said: “Actually, I am cutting more than I’m spending.  So it will be a net spending cut.”  In the third debate he stated: “What I’ve done throughout this campaign is to propose a net spending cut.” Reality: Obama has outspent all.  Under Bush, the US debt increase in 8 years by an unacceptable $3 trillion.  Obama exceeding that figure in his first year ($3.3 trillion). Broken promise.
  10. Promise: No tax increase on families making less than $250,000, stating at a September 2008 town hall meeting in Dover, Delaware: “Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase – not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.” Reality: Obama has proposed Cap and Trade, which would be a fat tax on everyone, increased the cigarette tax by 159 percent, and others. Broken promise.
  11. Promise: He would not force Americans to buy health insurance. In the January 2008 debate he stated about Hilary Clinton’s plan: “She believes we have to force people who don’t have insurance.” In a February 2008 CNN interview, he stated: “If a mandate was the solution, we could try that to solve homelessness by mandating that everybody buy a house.” Reality: After the election, Obama stated: “Under my plan, individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance.” Broken promise.
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