05.14.2014: Liar, Liar ...
From BIZPAC Review, December 18, 2013
President Barack Obama seems to be setting a record among U.S. presidents. But it's a record he'd rather keep secret. In this era of ubiquitous cameras capturing everything, Obama may have set a new record for presidential lies.
Turns out Obama is a man of empty pledges and unkept promises. Yet mainstream media sympathizers or accomplices , with their "nothing to report here" treatment of Obama, have largely let him get away with a stream of lies and broken promises by diverting attention to other events, or whitewashing them.
Let's take a stroll down Obama's liar lane and see what we find:
- "We will close the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay." Still open.
- "If we have not gotten our troops out [of Iraq] by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do." Didn't happen.
- "Today I'm pledging to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office." Instead, the national debt increased $5 trillion on his watch.
- "As soon as we're out of this recession, we've got to get serious about starting to live within our means." Huh?
- "We agree on reforms that will reduce the costs of health care. Families will save on their premiums."
- "We've got shovel-ready projects all across the country." Later, Obama admitted his own lie, saying, "There's no such thing as shovel-ready projects."
- "We reject the use of national security ... to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime."
- We "will ensure that federal contracts over $25,000 are competitively bid."
- We "will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year."
- "We are going to work with you to lower your [health care] premiums by $2,500," and we'll "do it by the end of my first term as president."
- "I don't take a dime of their [lobbyists'] money, and when I am president, they won't find a job in my White House." In fact, Obama granted waivers at will, and more than a dozen lobbyists got jobs in the Obama administration.
- "I pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution." But Obama has ignored the constitutional amendment granting powers not enumerated in the Constitution to the states.
- "If you've got a business --- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."
- "The sequester is not something that I've proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed." The truth is that the White House proposed an "automatic sequester" on July 12, 2011.
- "I didn't set a red line [in Syria]." And yet, at a prior news conference, using unscripted language in a statement, he said, "a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around."
- "It's here that companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future." After Obama's administration gave the company $535 million, Solyndra and its solar panels went belly up.
- To Israel, "We have not only made sure that they [Iran] have to stop adding additional centrifuges, we've also said that they've got to roll back their 20 percent advanced enrichment ... down to zero." In fact, the deal allows Iran uranium enrichment of 5 percent.
- "Eighty percent of Americans support including higher taxes as part of the [debt ceiling] deal." However, that same week, a poll by Rasmussen showed only 34 percent supported a tax hike as part of the deal.
- In 2006: "America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit." But as president, Obama has led the charge each year to increase America's debt.
- And, let's not forget PolitiFact's 2013 Lie Of The Year: "If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what. ... You can keep your family doctor."
Oops... found another one at Galt's Gulch, linked from Reason Magazine...
As the report says in a footnote on page 51: "DOJ officials reported that one DOJ component - the U.S. Parole Commission - implemented a reduction in force of one employee to achieve partial savings required by sequestration in fiscal year 2013."
Love Obama or detest him, the evidence mounts that millions of Americans don't know the man who is their president.