Change You Can Believe In... But Never Experience

on Friday, November 7, 2008

Is there anything Obama hasn't promised to do as president? Jake Tapper has compiled a nice list of all the "door prizes" Obama promised to every American while he was running for president. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Give a tax break to 95 percent of Americans who work every day and get taxes taken out of their paycheck every week

  • Not increase taxes on anyone if they "make under $250,000; you will not see your taxes increase by a single dime –- not your income taxes, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains tax"

  • End those breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas

  • Give tax breaks to companies that invest right here in the United States (which contradicts the previous point, as corporations usually do both)

  • Eliminate capital gains taxes for small businesses and start-up companies that are the engine of job creation in this country

  • Invest $15 billion a year in renewable sources of energy to create five million new energy jobs over the next decade

  • Reopen old factories, old plants, to build solar panels and wind turbines

  • Build "a new electricity grid"

  • Eliminate the oil we import from the Middle East in 10 years

  • If you don't have health insurance, you'll be able to get the same kind of health insurance that members of Congress give themselves

  • Recruit an army of new teachers

  • Make a deal with every young person who's here and every young person in America: If you are willing to commit yourself to national service, whether it's serving in our military or in the Peace Corps, working in a veterans home or a homeless shelter, then we will guarantee that you can afford to go to college no ifs ands or buts

  • End this war in Iraq

  • Finish the fight and snuff out al Qaeda and bin Laden (which, again, somewhat contradicts the previous point as al Qaeda currently has groups stationed in Iraq)

  • Increase our ground troops and our investments in the finest fighting force in the world

  • No more homeless veterans

  • No more fighting for disability payments

  • And that list doesn't even count all of the additional promises he made during his 30-minute infomercial. How is Obama going to pay for all of this while simultaneously promising tax breaks to 95% of working Americans??

    Answer: He isn't. Now that Obama has been elected, he is forming a comittee to "lower American's expectations" of everything he promised them:

    Barack Obama’s senior advisers have drawn up plans to lower expectations for his presidency... amid concerns that many of his euphoric supporters are harboring unrealistic hopes of what he can achieve.

    The sudden financial crisis and the prospect of a deep and painful recession have increased the urgency inside the Obama team to bring people down to earth, after a campaign in which his soaring rhetoric and promises of “hope” and “change” are now confronted with the reality of a stricken economy.

    One senior adviser told The Times that the first few weeks of the transition, immediately after the election, were critical, “so there’s not a vast mood swing from exhilaration and euphoria to despair”.
    There's nothing new or fresh about Obama. He's no different than every other liberal politican who panders and demagogues to appeal to the masses, and then, once he's finished using your back as a stepping stone to achieve his power, he forsakes every phony, unrealistic promise he made to you.

    That's the kind of change Obama believes in.

    Peggy Joseph is going to be heartbroken:


    Amber Marie said...

    It is the dumbing of America. that is the sadest part of this election- that people fall for this stuff. Our education system has failed the people and so the people are failing to uphold the basic principles and foundation this country stands for. So sad.

    Brandon Burrup said...

    Barak Obama is gonna buy gas and houses for everyone? Sign me up!