Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Hilary and Barack: Liar, Liar Pants (suit) on Fire - A Historical Review

"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." John F. Kennedy

I was originally going to write a post on the amazing number of outright lies that Hillary Clinton has put forth, both recently and historically. And there are a lot of them, making her no different than every other Washington politician. However, in researching her lies, I continued to come across the dozens and dozens of lies and deceptions of the current White House resident, Barack Obama. Thus, as a warm up to tomorrow’s Hillary Clinton’s parade of lies, today let’s review the over seven years worth of lies and deceptions from the Obama administration.

In some instances, I will repeat the exact wording of the lie or deception of the President. In other instances, I will just review the general gist of the lie since he repeated the lies so many different times in so many different ways that one single quote does not capture the magnitude of the lie and deception:

If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor under Obama Care - no, you cannot and from day one there was never any intention of guaranteeing you could keep your current doctor under Obama Care.

If you like your insurance policy, you can keep your health insurance policy under Obama Care - no, you cannot and from day one there was never any intention of guaranteeing you could keep your current health insurance under Obama Care. In fact, best estimates put the number of Americans who lost access to their preferred health insurance policies at between 6 and 7 million.

If you like your hospital, you can keep your hospital under Obama Care - no, you cannot and from day one there was never any intention of guaranteeing you could keep access to your current hospital under Obama Care. In fact, untold thousands of people lost access to their preferred hospitals, many of which had to switch in the middle of serious medical treatment.

The Obama Care website will be simple and easy to use - no, the Obama Care website for signing up for insurance policies online was slow, fraught with errors, and opened millions of people to the heightened threat of identity theft. I whole new set of experts and consultants had to be brought in after the Obama Care launch, at great expense to the American taxpayer, to jerry rig a system that worked at far below original expectations.

Obama Care will not add one dime to the national debt - no, it will add hundreds of billions of dollars, if not trillions, of dollars of debt to the national debt.

Obama Care will cost about $900 billion over the first ten years - no, the latest government estimates put the ten year cost at almost $2 TRILLION, more than double the original promise.

Families earning less than $250,000 a year will not see an increase in their taxes as a result of Obama Care - no, families making less than $250,000 did see an increase in their taxes since they were taxed if they did not get health insurance and they had to pay for the extra tax burden that industries like the medical device industry were forced to pay under Obama Care, a burden that was likely passed along to all taxpayers, not just those earning over $250,000 a year.

Obama promised that American families would see up to $2,500 every year in lower health insurance costs - no, if anything, Obama Care accelerated the rise in health insurance premium and deductible levels.

Obama promised to operate the most transparent administration ever - no, if anything he operated the most opaque administration ever, using executive privilege to shield administration leaders and organizations (e.g. the Justice Department and Eric Holder and the dismal Fast and Furious disaster) from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, delaying and deflecting legitimate FOIA requests, trying to illegally charge FOIA requesters a bounty fee for the requested information, spying on journalists, and prosecuting more whistle blowers than every other previous administration COMBINED.

Obama pledged not "to sign any non emergency bills without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days." - no, I do not believe he even put a single piece of legislation through this waiting period process. 

Obama promised to "slash earmarks by more than half" and to reduce them to "less than $7.8 billion a year, the level they were at before 1994 when the Republicans took over control of Congress." - no, just no.

Obama promised that "what my budget does the middle of this decade, our annual spending will match our annual revenues. We will not be adding more to our national debt." - no, his administration ran budgets that incurred trillion dollar deficits for four years and in his best effort, which was still pretty lame, he ran an annual deficit that was about half a trillion dollars.

Obama promised that unlike George Bush, he would not go around Congress and appoint any high ranking government bureaucrat without Congressional approval and hearings - no, he tried to do this a number of times and got rebuked by the judiciary system for trying to do these illegal end runs. 

Obama promised that economic stimulus plan would get unemployment well under 6% in a short amount of time and never allow it to to go over 8% - no, the unemployment rate set an all time record for most consecutive months over 8% and it took many more years to get the unemployment rate down to its current 5% level despite spending over $800 billion on a failed stimulus program.

Obama promised that his economic stimulus program would get “shovel ready jobs” approved and underway quickly - no, very few, if any, shovel ready jobs ever got started, a failure that even he admitted to when he stated, “Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected." 

Obama promised that "I will not rest until anybody who's looking for a job can find one -- and I'm not talking about just any job, but good jobs that give every American decent wages and decent benefits and a fair shot at the American Dream." - no, there are about 14 million Americans who are still unemployed or part time employed who want full time employment. Plus, the vast majority of jobs created under the “Obama Recovery” have been in the lowest paying industries.

Obama claimed that "Every dollar I’ve proposed, I’ve proposed an additional cut that it matches.And that's why today I'm pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office. This will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we've long neglected. But I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay -- and that means taking responsibility right now, in this administration, for getting our spending under control." - no, his Presidency will add as much to the national debt as ALL previous Presidencies did ($10 TRILLION), leaving our children with a debt they probably cannot repay. He never got Federal government under control as promised.

Obama promised he would go through the Federal budget line by line to find wasteful spending - no, the Federal government is still spending taxpayer wealth on the lamest and most useless programs across every Federal government entity.

Obama promised to not take any vacations if elected President and would devote his entire life serving Americans - no, he has spent tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to take extended and expensive vacations, likely spending much more than any other previous President ever spent on vacations.

Obama promised to close Gitmo within the first year of his Presidency - no, Gitmo is still open.

Obama promised that he would get American troops out of Iraq within the first year of his term if elected - no, it took him three years to clear U.S. troops out of the country.

Obama promised there would be no lobbyists in high level positions within his administration - no, very soon after taking office, a large number of lobbyists accepted high level positions in his administration.

And the biggest broken promise and deception of his administration: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." His administration used the IRS to shred the First Amendment rights of Americans who had a difference of opinion with the Obama administration, he used the NSA and other government intelligence agencies to shred the Fourth Amendment rights every American, he broke the law when he unilaterally made changes to the dates established in the Obama Care legislation, he broke domestic laws and international laws and treaties when his Fast and Furious operation illegally put high powered weapons in the hands of Mexican drug cartels, etc., etc., etc.

Two dozen broken promises and deceptions and I probably did not get all of them. Should be interesting to see if our review of Hillary lies and deceptions can match up tomorrow.

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