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Health Care, C-Span and Other Broken Promises

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Paul Murdock
Campaign For Liberty
Monday , January 11th, 2010

How many of you would let your children, business partners, employees, or friends be consistently dishonest? Would you pay for a product that you had not seen or researched? Would you purchase a product if you knew the company was incompetent and could not deliver quality? I think not. Yet here in America we do exactly that.

In the last several days, C-SPAN has called on President Obama to televise health care discussions after Obama repeatedly promised to air live meetings. He stated:

“I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We’ll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies — they’ll get a seat at the table, they just won’t be able to buy every chair. But what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies. And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process.”

Current health care discussions are far from being televised on C-SPAN. In fact they are hid behind closed doors, and are bypassing committee. So much for open discussion. Although President Obama pledged otherwise, this is not the only example of broken promises.

President Obama has also made many executive declarations. For example, “When there is a bill that ends up on my desk as the president, you the public will have five days to look online and find out what’s in it before I sign it.” Despite this pledge, Obama signed the 1,000-page $787 billion stimulus bill on February 17, 2009. This occurred one business day after it was passed through Congress. Let’s see how long it takes him to sign the health care bill into law.

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President Obama also declared to improve the economy. According to the Heritage Foundation, Obama is following the same course as the hated Bush. President Bush expanded the federal deficit by $700 billion and created an $800 billion Medicare drug entitlement. In the space of a year, Obama has added a trillion to the deficit and proposed a $634 billion down payment on new health care spending. With the health care bill looming, the federal deficit is destined to grow by trillions in the years to come.

How about Obama’s attempt to reach across the table to republicans? (i.e. Senate’s 60-39 recent health care vote.) But wait, that’s not what he wrote about in his own book The Audacity of Hope:

“Genuine bipartisanship,” he wrote, “assumes an honest process of give-and-take, and that the quality of the compromise is measured by how well it serves some agreed-upon goal, whether better schools or lower deficits. This in turn assumes that the majority will be constrained — by an exacting press corps and ultimately an informed electorate — to negotiate in good faith.”

So much for the exacting press corps, good faith, and informing the electorate! His administration even declared that Fox New Corp was not real journalism!

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Despite his promise to “fundamentally change the way that we do business in Washington” and to “demand new thinking and a new sense of responsibility for every dollar that is spent,” President Obama has done the complete opposite.

According to the Washington Post, many in Obama’s administration have supported increased taxes such as a “A European-style value added tax, or VAT.” The Post further indicated that “This tax would apply to every level of production or service, and it is beloved by politicians in Europe because it raises so much money so easily without voters noticing. Ezekiel Emanuel, a White House aide and brother of Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, has advocated a 10% VAT to finance national health care.”

In addition to transparency, economic, and bipartisanship lies, here is a list of other broken promises:

  1. Tougher rules against revolving door for lobbyists and former officials
  2. End no-bid contracts above 25, 000
  3. Forbid companies in bankruptcy from giving executives bonuses
  4. Eliminate capital gains taxes for small businesses and start-ups
  5. Create a $3,000 tax credit for companies that add jobs
  6. Allow penalty-free hardship withdrawals from retirement accounts in 2008 and 2009
  7. Eliminate capital gains taxes for small businesses and start-ups
  8. No family making less than $250,000 will see “any form of tax increase.”

Although he has broken many promises, according to Politifact.com President Obama has kept or is attempting to keep almost all of his socialist policies. Here is a short list of the social promises he has kept:

  1. Increase minority access to capital
  2. Expand eligibility for State Children’s Health Insurance Fund (SCHIP)
  3. Launch an international Add Value to Agriculture Initiative (AVTA)
  4. Push for enactment of Matthew Shepard Act, which expands hate crime law to include sexual orientation and other factors
  5. Champion the importance of arts education
  6. Create an artist corps for schools
  7. Create a Social Investment Fund Network
  8. Enact tax credit for consumers for plug-in hybrid cars
  9. Extend unemployment insurance benefits and temporarily suspend taxes on these benefits

Clearly, President Obama has no intention of keeping his moderate election promises. He may provide excuses, but he still would be deceiving you. For in his own words Obama boldly declared, “Understand where the vision for change comes from, first and foremost, it comes from me.”

This article was posted: Monday, January 11, 2010 at 5:41 am





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