President Obama made many a campaign promise to the American people, and like most politicians he’s on track to break pretty much all of them as outlined in the National Review Online’s The Complete List of Obama Statement Expiration Dates.
HEALTH CARE MANDATES
STATEMENT: â€œWe’ve got a philosophical difference, which we’ve debated repeatedly, and that is that Senator Clinton believes the only way to achieve universal health care is to force everybody to purchase it. And my belief is, the reason that people don’t have it is not because they don’t want it but because they can’t afford it.â€ Barack Obama, speaking at a Democratic presidential debate, February 21, 2008.
EXPIRATION DATE: On March 23, 2010, Obama signed the individual mandate into law.
HEALTH CARE NEGOTIATIONS ON C-SPAN
STATEMENT: â€œThese negotiations will be on C-SPAN, and so the public will be part of the conversation and will see the decisions that are being made.â€ January 20, 2008, and seven other times.
EXPIRATION DATE: Throughout the summer, fall, and winter of 2009 and 2010; when John McCain asked about it during the health care summit February 26, Obama dismissed the issue by declaring, â€œthe campaign is over, John.â€
STATEMENT: â€œNo family making less than $250,000 will see any form of tax increase.â€ (multiple times on the campaign trail)
EXPIRATION DATE: Broken multiple times, including the raised taxes on tobacco, a new tax on indoor tanning salons, but most prominently on February 11, 2010: â€œPresident Barack Obama said he is â€œagnosticâ€ about raising taxes on households making less than $250,000 as part of a broad effort to rein in the budget deficit.â€
STATEMENT: Executive Order stating, “The detention facilities at GuantÃ¡namo for individuals covered by this order shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this order.” January 22, 2009.
EXPIRATION DATE:Â November 19, 2009: “GuantÃ¡namo, we had a specific deadline that was missed.”
STATEMENT: â€œWe will launch a sweeping effort to root out waste, inefficiency, and unnecessary spending in our government, and every American will be able to see how and where we spend taxpayer dollars by going to a new website called recovery.gov.â€ â€“ President Obama, January 28, 2009
EXPIRATION DATE: â€œMore than two months after some of the funds were released, [Recovery.gov] offers little detail on where the money is goingâ€¦ The government [spent] $84 million on a website that doesn’t have a search function, when its purpose is to â€˜root out waste, inefficiency, and unnecessary spending in our government.â€™â€ April 2, 2009
Here are some campaign promises made during 2007/2008 that were actually broken while then candidate Obama was still campaigning:
STATEMENT: â€œWe can, then, more effectively deal with what I consider to be one of the greatest threats to the United States, to Israel, and world peace, and that is Iran,â€ Obama speaking to American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Chicago, March 5, 2007
EXPIRATION DATE:Â â€œIran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny…They donâ€™t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us.â€ â€“ May 20, 2008
STATEMENT: Question at the YouTube debate, as the video depicted leaders of the countries, including Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: “Would you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea?…..”
“I would,” Obama answered. July 27, 2007
EXPIRATION DATE: May 10, 2008: Susan E. Rice, a former State Department and National Security Council official who is a foreign policy adviser to the Democratic candidate: â€œBut nobody said he would initiate contacts at the presidential level; that requires due preparation and advance work.â€
STATEMENT: “Now, I don’t think that ‘mental distress’ qualifies as the health of the mother. I think it has to be a serious physical issue that arises in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term.” â€“ Interview with Relevant magazine, July 1, 2008
EXPIRATION DATE: July 5, 2008: â€œMy only point is that in an area like partial-birth abortion having a mental, having a health exception can be defined rigorously. It can be defined through physical health, It can be defined by serious clinical mental-health diseases.â€ statement to reporters.
But President Obama has not broken every promise he made to the American people. He seems to be staying true to the single most important promise he made during his campaign:
By “fundamentally transforming America”, President Obama must have meant the complete and total dismemberment of the Constitution of The United States, which is a promise that the President is working hard to keep.