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UK Daily Telegraph: Obama’s Top Ten Broken Promises

Posted by iusbvision on November 13, 2009

We have composed lists of these and our friend Michael van der Galien at Poligazette wrote one as well.

European press is reporting this where is the NYT?

UK Telegraph:

Less than nine months into his four-year term of office, President Barack Obama’s record is already one of abandoned promises, sidelined issues and lack of action.

1.PROMISE BROKEN. Mr Obama said he would “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”. But the “sunlight before signing” promise has already fallen by the wayside with Mr Obama signing three major bills without public scrutiny.

2.PROMISE BROKEN. Mr Obama repeatedly said he would negotiate health care reform in televised sessions broadcast on C-SPAN, the public service network. Instead, he his approach has been no different from his predecessors, holding talks behind closed doors at the White House and Congress.

3.PROMISE BROKEN. Mr Obama solemnly pledged that “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”. In practice, Mr Obama has granted several waivers to this rule, allowing lobbyists to serve in the top reaches of his administration.

4.PROMISE BROKEN. Mr Obama said he would end income tax for the elderly making less than $50,000 per year, thereby eliminating taxes for seven million of them. This has not been part of his economic stimulus bill, his first budget outline or any legislation proposed by the White House.

5.PROMISE STALLED. On taking office, Mr Obama announced with great fanfare that the Guantanamo Bay prison camp would be closed within a year of his inauguration on January 20th. Defence officials now concede that this self-imposed deadline will not be met.

6.PROMISE SIDELINED. Mr Obama promised to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prohibits openly gay personnel from serving in the United States armed forces. Despite reiterating the pledge this weekend, Mr Obama shows no signs of taking concrete action on the issue.

7.PROMISE BROKEN. Mr Obama said that in 2009 and 2010 “existing businesses will receive a $3,000 refundable tax credit for each additional full-time employee hired”. Democrats on Capitol Hill opposed this and Mr Obama has quietly abandoned the proposal, omitting it from his list of requirements for draft legislation.

8.PROMISE BROKEN. During the campaign, Mr Obama promised that “as President I will recognise the Armenian genocide” carried out by the Ottoman Empire after 1915. Once in office, he travelled to Turkey and made no mention of genocide. In a statement in April on the memorial day for the genocide he spoke of the “heavy weight” of history and the “terrible events ” of the period but failed the use the g-word.

9.PROMISE SIDELINED. As a candidate, Mr Obama highlighted his support for abortion rights, stating he would back this up “by passing the Freedom of Choice Act as president”. At a press conference marking his first 100 days, Mr Obama said this was “not my highest legislative priority” and that it was important to “focus on those areas that we can agree on”.

10. PROMISE SIDELINED. Mr Obama promised to end warrantless wiretaps on the domestic communications of Americans and to “update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to provide greater oversight and accountability”. So far, he has taken no action. [Editor’s Note Sept 2010 – Obama has pushed to expand warrant-less surveillence and wiretap the internet]

One Response to “UK Daily Telegraph: Obama’s Top Ten Broken Promises”

  1. John Teets said

    Those are just the beginning. Here’s just one more!
    How about no tax increases but CUTS for 95% of Americans. The Bush cuts will expire and with his spending taxes will skyrocket, further decimating the economy.

    [You are quite correct, it is not just the tax cuts expiring, it is the lack of investor and consumer confidence, the regulatory uncertainty with O-Care , Cap & tax, bond holder rules, and now a possible VAT Tax. The psychological impact of those tax cuts expiring will hurt the economy as bad as the tax increase itself and now we are nearing the loss of our AAA credit rating.

    As someone who is well trained in economics I know this is a perscription for disaster. This is not fear mongering, this is almost an economic certainty. So many people think “it cant happen to us we are Americans” – well the laws of economics aree not respectors of persons or birthrights. To say that I am very worried about what the country will look like if investor confidence is not restored is an understatement. – Editor]

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