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Top 5 Broken Promises Already
Promise #5: Sunlight Before Signing

What he 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.” ( campaign Web site)

What he did:

Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter bill, the SCHIP/cigarette tax hike, and the stimulus bill all with far less than a five-day waiting period that he promised–and continues to promise–on his campaign Web site.

Promise #4: Lobbyist Revolving Door

What he 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.” ( campaign Web site)

What he did:

Obama appointed Goldman Sachs lobbyists Mark Patterson chief of staff at the Treasury Department, where he directly oversees his former employer, a recipient of $10 billion of taxpayer funds from the TARP. Obama also appointed Raytheon lobbyist William Lynn to be an undersecretary of Defense.

Promise #3: No Tax Hikes on the Poor

What he said first:

“I can make a firm pledge. 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.” (September 12, 2008, Dover, N.H.)

What he did first:

By signing H.R. 2 into law, Obama happily signed onto the idea that smokers should pay for a $35 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP). Cigarette taxes are going up 61 cents a pack starting April 1. Obama signed this bill knowing that the majority of smokers in the United States are working poor, and one in four lives below the federal poverty line.

What he said next:

“If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime.” (February 24th, 2009, Address to a Joint Session of Congress)

What he did next:

Ignored the already-hiked cigarette tax at the time of the statement and then this restated promise was broken just two days later, when the Obama’s budget proposal was released. His new budget raises 45 percent of its revenue from energy taxes that will be paid by everyone who fills a gas tank, pays an electric bill, or buys anything that was grown, shipped, or manufactured.

Promise #2: Pork Barrel Earmark Reform

What he said:

“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. We can no longer accept an earmarks process that has become so complicated to navigate that a municipality or non-profit group has to hire high-priced D.C. lobbyists to do it. And we can no longer accept an earmarks process in which many of the projects being funded fail to address the real needs of our country.”

(Statement on Earmarks, March 10, 2008)

What he is expected to do:

The White House has signaled that it intends to sign the $410 billion Omnibus Appropriations bill, which according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, contains 8,570 earmarks totaling $7.7 billion, including dozens of wasteful pork-barrel projects. These earmarks were awarded based on seniority, not on merit, and were mostly the result of high-priced lobbying, precisely the process that Obama promised to end. When the omnibus reaches his desk later this week or next week, we’ll find out if this is one more broken promise.

Promise #1: Big Government

OK, so this one is more of a statement than a promise, but it’s the biggest whopper of all.

What he said:

“Not because I believe in bigger government — I don’t.” (February 24, 2009, Joint Address to Congress)

What he did:

Obama proposed a budget that is breathtaking in scope, a blueprint for the biggest permanent expansion of government in history right on the heels of a sweeping trillion dollar stimulus plan. The budget lays the foundation for a government takeover of the health care and energy sectors and dramatically increasing spending across the board, other than defense weapons programs. Spending as a percentage of the economy under this budget will reach the historic level of 27.7 percent this year. The deficit as a percent of the economy, at 12.3 percent, is set to be the biggest in the entire history of the country outside of the four peak years of World War II. Anyone who offers such a budget can only fairly be described as a believer in bigger government.


"What he said" and what politicians actually 'Do' have always added fuel to my argument that those guys don't have as much power and influence as people give them credit for. They say what they need to say to get themselves elected. The actual details of what they want to do, and promises they make, are always secondary and an afterthought.

The government is extremely f-up'd and no one really has any concrete solutions to the problems we face today. They don't know for any certainty they can implement the plans they think will work, its pure speculation on anyone's part to presume the promises they make can actually be fulfilled, or even yield a successful outcome.

I think Obama has as much chance of anyone to help fix the economy, but then again I am NOT an economy expert, what the hell do I know?

rosco 357

he increasingly seems to be screwing up, but he has guns selling for beyond premium prices and walmart my sister said cant keep ammo,, no one can, they are afraid for one thing it willl be taxed at a high rate, but semi automatic assault looking rifles the price is sky high, and he is doing many things to piss ppl off, he should concentrate on the economy and leave all this other bull shit alone, he is just dragging every one down, i was at first optimistic, about some things, but not now, but i dont think many things will pass congresss as even the dems are complaining, take care,


The earmarks>> I think Republicans got more earmarks than the Democrats~ and as i said i don't believe one thing Fox reports is good at twisting words said~


Republicans are responsible for 40% of the earmarks, but the case is Obama said NO EARMARKS, he is now fighting within his own party on several of his spending bills, just like the tobacco tax set to hike up April 1st to pay for childrens health care. I am all for health care but at who's expense, just one of a very long line of taxes we will endure, gas is flip flopping like crazy here, the new fuel taxes will hit everyones back pocket but I could have sworn he said no taxes for middle class. I agree with Tyler campaign promises sound great but how realistic are they ? The one thing Obama better realize is he won the lower class black vote with his huge promise of greener pastures aka more welfare and foodstamp benefits and so far nothing is changing for them.

As far as Fox news it is as accurate as any other media as they all carry the same reports, you can go to any four media sites and come up with the same article, so what is the difference ???

rosco 357

i predict right now he will be a one term president, he is loosing all but the very liberal, he just is throwing out to much crap, im not talking about earmarks but laws he wants, not money spent,


Most of his bailout and funding programs are not suppost to see the light of day on turning things around till late 2011 or 2012, but the debt he is racking up will carry on for years, you and I both know this tax situation is going to bite us in the ass.

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