A Year of Broken Promises

Fox Business: John Stossel: Obama’s Broken Promises

Considering that today is the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s now-broken promise that the terrorist detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba would be closed and the detainees relocated, I was delighted to see this convenient little piece by Fox Business Network’s resident libertarian, John Stossel.

Here’s a look:

Promise #6: No Tax Increase on Families Making Under 250k

“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,” Obama said in a September 2008 town hall meeting in Dover.

Reality: In his first year in office, he proposed Cap and Trade, which would be a fat tax on everyone. He increased the cigarette tax by 159 percent, and now we have that proposed tax on fancy health care benefits.

During the campaign, he criticized John McCain for just suggesting that.

“My opponent can’t make that pledge [not to raise taxes] and here’s why: for the first time in American history, John McCain wants to tax your health care benefits,” he said in the same speech.

But now it’s Obama who wants to tax health plans:

“This reform will charge insurance companies a fee for their most expensive policies,” he said in his health care address to Congress.

Promise #5: Ban Earmarks

“We are going to ban all earmarks,” Obama said at a press conference on January 6, 2009.

Reality: The first spending bill he signed had over 9,000 earmarks.

Promise #4: I Won’t Force Americans To Buy Insurance

During the campaign, Obama attacked Hillary Clinton:

“She believes we have to force people who don’t have insurance,” he said in a primary debate in January 2008.

In a Feb. 2008 CNN interview, he added: “If a mandate was the solution, we could try that to solve homelessness by mandating that everybody buy a house.”

Reality: This September, he told Congress: “Under my plan, individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance.”

Promise #3: Health care negotiations will be on C-SPAN

Obama promised at least eight times that “we’re going to do all the negotiations on C-SPAN, So the American people will be able to watch.”

Reality: They haven’t been there.

Well, briefly. C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb said, “The only time we’ve been allowed to cover the White House part of it was one hour inside the East Room, which was kind of just a show horse type of thing.”

Promise #2: Putting bills online

Obama promised “When there’s a bill that ends up on my desk as President, you the public will have five days to look online, and find out what’s in it before I sign it.”

Reality: He broke that promise when he singed his first bill, the Fair Pay Act. He’s broken it since, for instance on the Credit Card Bill of Rights and an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Now, for the No. 1 promise broken by Barack Obama according to John Stossel, you’re just going to have to read the Assigned Reading.  Still, I’d be willing to bet that it would be easy to guess.



  1. elspeth says:

    What about the promised transparency?

  2. Boston Blackie says:

    Then why was it Joe Wilson that took the heat for telling Obamama ” You lie”!?! He was only speaking the truth. Was there anyone who actually believed this snake oil salesman. I guess so since he was elected. When is this country going to hold his feet to the fire, or is it George Bush’s fault for the lies as well.

  3. NeilBJ says:

    To say that Barack Obama has broken his promises in one sense lets him off the hook. After all, many politicians have broken their promises, some for legitimate reasons. Possibly, they began with good intentions and it was their naive view of the world that bumped into reality that led them to break their promises. I do not place Obama in this category. I have a more sinister view of him.

    Obama knows exactly want he wants and what he needs to do or say to achieve his goals. If he has no intention of keeping his promises and is using his phony rhetoric to fulfill his statist ambitions, then he is more dangerous than one who merely breaks a promise. In his mind, he has not made a promise to begin with. His “promises” are the tools he uses to advance his agenda of increasing the power of the state at the expense of the freedom of the individual.

    I hope that I am wrong in this assessment, but I keep coming back to it. I find it hard believe that all his actions are the result of naivite or lack of experience. I give him credit for being a very intelligent, albeit dangerous, man.

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