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Will President Obama fulfill his campaign promises?

dan 2008/11/28 01:47:01
Obama is pragmatic and will adopt his policies to political reality
Obama will live up to his promises for change  and we will live in utopia
Obama will live up to his promises and fail miserably
Obam is just another politician who says one thing, does another
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  • ken 2008/11/28 02:23:11
    None of the above
    ken
    +9
    Obama has too many people to pay back for buying him the presidency to waste his time on campaign promises.Get real,man.

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  • Jackson 2009/03/31 03:37:53
    Obam is just another politician who says one thing, does another
    Jackson
    Here are the campaign promises already broke
    1. Sunlight before signing
    When Obama campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination in Manchester, N.H., on June 22, 2007, he announced his "Sunlight Before Signing" promise.

    "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," he said.

    He has yet to post a single bill

    2. Capital gains tax elimination

    Just weeks prior to the election, Obama advisers Austan Goolsbee and Jason Furman told the Wall Street Journal that Obama planned tax cuts that included "the elimination of capital gains taxes for small businesses and start-ups."

    People who invest in small businesses have only been allowed to exclude 50 percent of that gain from capital gains taxes. While Obama's $787 billion economic-stimulus package reduces that tax liability – raising the exclusion to 75 percent – it does not eliminate it.

    3. New American Jobs tax credit

    "If a company that currently has 10 U.S. employees increases its domestic full time employment to 20 employees, this company would get a $30,000 tax credit – enough to offset the entire added payroll tax costs to the company for the first $50,000 of income for the new employees," the transition website stat...""

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    Here are the campaign promises already broke
    1. Sunlight before signing
    When Obama campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination in Manchester, N.H., on June 22, 2007, he announced his "Sunlight Before Signing" promise.

    "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," he said.

    He has yet to post a single bill

    2. Capital gains tax elimination

    Just weeks prior to the election, Obama advisers Austan Goolsbee and Jason Furman told the Wall Street Journal that Obama planned tax cuts that included "the elimination of capital gains taxes for small businesses and start-ups."

    People who invest in small businesses have only been allowed to exclude 50 percent of that gain from capital gains taxes. While Obama's $787 billion economic-stimulus package reduces that tax liability – raising the exclusion to 75 percent – it does not eliminate it.

    3. New American Jobs tax credit

    "If a company that currently has 10 U.S. employees increases its domestic full time employment to 20 employees, this company would get a $30,000 tax credit – enough to offset the entire added payroll tax costs to the company for the first $50,000 of income for the new employees," the transition website stated. "The tax credit will benefit all companies creating net new jobs, even those struggling to make a profit."

    Obama's promise was never included in the stimulus package. This could have easily been put in.

    4. No Jobs for Lobbyists

    n his Nov. 10, 2007, speech in Des Moines, Iowa, Obama declared:

    I am in this race to tell the corporate
    lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. I have done more than any other candidate in this race to take on lobbyists — and won. They have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president.

    During his campaign, Obama also said, "I have done more to take on lobbyists than any other candidate in this race. I don't take a dime of their money, and when I am president, they won't find a job in my White House."

    However, USA Today reported Obama's campaign fundraising team included 38 members of law firms that were paid $138 million in 2007 to lobby the federal government.

    "Those lawyers, including 10 former federal lobbyists, have pledged to raise at least $3.5 million" for Obama's campaign, the report states. "Employees of their firms have given Obama's campaign $2.26 million."

    It wasn't long before he allowed at least two dozen exceptions and broke his promise.

    Obama's own ethic rules barred officials of his administration from lobbying their former colleagues "for as long as I am president." He also said former lobbyists would be prohibited from working for agencies they had lobbied within the past two years. President Obama later waived his rules for at least two of his nominees – William J. Lynn III, undersecretary at the Department of Defense and recent lobbyist for Raytheon, and William Corr, deputy secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services and anti-tobacco lobbyist for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

    5. Earmark Reform

    Do I even need to go into it?

    6. Bring our troops out of Iraq in 16 months

    Feb. 27, Obama declared, "Let me say this as plainly as I can: By Aug. 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end."

    Odds are he will not withdraw the troops by then either

    7. Sign "Freedom of Choice Act"

    July 17, 2007, Obama told the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, "The first thing I'd do as president is, is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing that I'd do."

    He has not mentioned the bill since he has been president

    8. Transparency

    There is none

    I could go on but this answers the queston
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  • unicorn66 2009/03/06 21:07:03
    Obam is just another politician who says one thing, does another
    unicorn66
    Oh my gawd I miss George!
  • Eienias ~ Comic Master 2009/03/02 22:17:59
    None of the above
    Eienias ~ Comic Master
    he will fail in everything he tries.
    he wont keep his promises and will contribute to wasteful spending and a ridiculous deficit
    he deserves gold for lies and clearly harmful actions
  • Kennedy1st 2009/03/02 20:27:07
    Undecided
    Kennedy1st
  • dan 2009/01/01 16:17:02
    Obama is pragmatic and will adopt his policies to political reality
    dan
    I think the Presidency may force Obama into making certain sober choices which will offend his political base, because Obama's campaign was basically a fantasy. Obama appeart to be a man of excess bravado and that can work on some platforms, but is alittle more difficult to pull off when the eyes of the world are upon you. Obama also has to deal with those two idiots Reid and Pelosi, who are going to expect to have the Democratic majority's needs taken care of. Obama is going to have to say "no" to them.
  • artist1963-Progressive Patr... 2009/01/01 03:57:25
    Obama is pragmatic and will adopt his policies to political reality
    artist1963-Progressive Patriot for Change
    Given the situation that he is inheriting, I believe he'll do his best to fufill his agenda but i won't happen in one term with th state the country is in. He'll have to prioritize on the biggest needs first and work with the resources he has after as much as the right-wingers want to bash us and think we consider him "The Messiah", he is a human being who will do his job to the best of his ability with the help of his Cabinet, I feel he'll do the right things FIRST.
  • skramk 2008/12/18 14:08:55
    Undecided
    skramk
    Who has a clue what the clueless guy will do?
  • centrust 2008/12/01 06:35:48
    Obama is pragmatic and will adopt his policies to political reality
    centrust
    I think he already realizes that he will need to compromise many of his proposed programs due to the exploding deficit and the stimulus packages necessary to bail out the financial mess of this country.
  • Al C. 2008/11/30 15:28:06
    Obam is just another politician who says one thing, does another
    Al C.
    He said what ever it took to get elected and now we'll see the real Obama. He's going to piss a lot of his supporters off but they deserve it!
  • Howard Beale II 2008/11/29 01:58:42
    Obam is just another politician who says one thing, does another
    Howard Beale II
    Will bears stop shitting in forests?
  • susie 2008/11/29 01:24:50
    Obam is just another politician who says one thing, does another
    susie
    In a word-NO
  • fbo 2008/11/28 23:48:50
    Obam is just another politician who says one thing, does another
    fbo
    +1
    How can he "hope" to "change" anything when all he is doing is dressing up his cabinet with the previous administration?!?!
  • justonemom 2008/11/28 22:57:52
    All of the above
    justonemom
  • Dee 2008/11/28 22:15:14
    Obama is pragmatic and will adopt his policies to political reality
    Dee
    The Bush administration is making sure that it will be almost impossible for any new administration to do anything but clean up his mess. Bush leaving office with two unresolved wars (despite his claim that we are winning), an economy in shambles, a nation with a battered reputation for being a bully, and a nation divided will make it difficult for Obama to do what he would like to do until he is able to stabilize the nation.
  • Adjusti... Dee 2008/11/29 14:17:59
  • debbi58 2008/11/28 21:53:22 (edited)
    Obam is just another politician who says one thing, does another
    debbi58
    +1
    What promises he only said yes,we can and change is coming. Gee, so if he doesn't do anything hasn't he kept his promise.

    oh, and the other change was he got him a new house without the help of rezco
  • Chris - The Rowdy One! #187 2008/11/28 21:29:55
  • aace 2008/11/28 21:10:06
  • Legend 2008/11/28 20:43:04
    Obam is just another politician who says one thing, does another
    Legend
    +2
    Ken has it about right. Obama has so many skeletons in the closet and the Zionist know about those skeletons. If Obama doesn't jump when the Zionist yell 'frog' they will expose him. That's why they wanted him in office - because of his "blackmail-ability."
  • justonemom Legend 2008/11/28 22:59:49
    justonemom
    who exactly are the zionists?
  • Legend justonemom 2008/11/28 23:25:41
    Legend
    Most of the elitist are Zionist. Even Joe Biden professes to be a Zionist.

    In the lengthy tortured process to take over American foreign policy the Zionists became the captors of the CFR (5) which they began to dominate during the FDR administration. Since that time all American foreign policy emanates from 68th St. in NYC and the CFR. If in fact you want to predict American policy all you need to do is to read Foreign Affairs (6) four times a year and you will become an accurate predictor of our foreign policy. It must be made clear that any organization can be run and managed while holding a minority stake in its overall membership. It is position within the organization that determines its leadership and direction. Just because Zionists do not represent the majority membership of the CFR, Trilateral Commission or the Bilderberger group, does not mean they do not control the venue. We know this from the fact that the majority of multi-national corporations are run by individuals who at best control eight to ten percent of the stock Furthermore for members of the military seeking rapid advancement, membership in the CFR is almost a necessity. Dwight Eisenhower, Alexander Hague, and numerous generals have rapidly risen from colonel to four star general through their membership and acquiescence to CFR dictums.
    http://www.rense.com/general4...
  • TexasLady 2008/11/28 20:35:05
    None of the above
    TexasLady
    +2
    http://www.usawakeup.org/
    THis is a lot more believable than thinking obama will actually keep his word on anything...
  • debbi58 TexasLady 2008/11/28 21:58:09
    debbi58
    Real eye opener for those who can see.
  • riderwriter extremist extra... 2008/11/28 20:07:58
    None of the above
    riderwriter extremist extraordinaire
    +3
    He is the savior of all mandkind, regular rastafarian savior. His word is binding and will come to pass as the everlasting Messiah's words of redemption. The miracles he will perform will cause mankind everywhere to worship him.
    -not-
  • Dee riderwr... 2008/11/28 22:16:40
    Dee
    riderwriter must be a neocon since they have been calling for their savior and messiah ever since Obama started to run.
  • bigeasy628 2008/11/28 19:37:01
    Obam is just another politician who says one thing, does another
    bigeasy628
    +3
    He will do as he is told
  • Lanikai 2008/11/28 19:08:41
    None of the above
    Lanikai
    +3
    He will try to ramrod a lot of stuff and the people will revolt. He will try to push more deficit and the people will revolt. He will try to socializr america nand hoefully the people will revolt.
  • debbi58 Lanikai 2008/11/28 21:59:53
    debbi58
    We can only hope when it comes to pass that everyone will start to impeach him and get rid of him before its to late.
  • Vnvet 2008/11/28 18:55:57
    Obam is just another politician who says one thing, does another
    Vnvet
    +3
    He is backpedaling now like a sonofabitch and you think he might fill those promises? I said before there won't be anything left to keep by time the swearing in happens and what will you have......Absolutly nothing, no way, no how, .The "change" you get will be the washed up cronnies from Clintons cabinet ,More taxes,more debit,and nothing much to show for all your hard work.Now besides the 700 billion they approved they want to throw another 800 billion at the same problem now.Just who in the hell asked me if I wanted to do that? Wasn't Obie now , and it sure as hell wasn't my represenative or senator, dam spend thrift dam demacrates there. I'd get more satisfaction by talking to a tree than those idoits.In these days of being rewarded for bad ,no strike that, Horriable management with Obie just coasting along with his jackass cronies we are in for a world of hurt.The next four years will be the years of the big handout without any bit of a change in the outlook .
  • max 2008/11/28 18:34:13
    None of the above
    max
    He will live up to them as much a realistically possible...with the support of all Americans..conservatives and liberals.
  • W.J.S. 2008/11/28 17:53:46
    Obama is pragmatic and will adopt his policies to political reality
    W.J.S.
    Or try. But most presidents rarely get them done.
  • Adjusting my sails 2008/11/28 17:28:31
  • Vnvet Adjusti... 2008/11/28 19:01:36
    Vnvet
    +2
    I'd rather wish in one hand and shit in the other to see which fills up faster there.
  • debbi58 Adjusti... 2008/11/28 22:01:33
    debbi58
    +1
    And everything he doesn't want to deal with will be above his pay grade.
  • leatherneck 2008/11/28 16:58:50
    None of the above
    leatherneck
    +4
    Obama is not a Leader and only a true Leader can make change in Washington DC. He said what people wanted to hear to get himself and the Dems in office. The big money behind Obama wants to bring down the Military and Keep big business from making money. Now he is making claims of changing things that were not even part of his original plan. We are dealing with a guy that could very well bring an end to our Country by taking away the rights guaranteed by the constitution. Obama is not an American and the man has no desire to see the US prevail in the middle east. His change will be the end of true freedom.
  • ScaredSpitless 2008/11/28 16:52:33
    Obam is just another politician who says one thing, does another
    ScaredSpitless
    +3
    No President has ever kept their campaign promises. They always change the story once they are elected.
  • MaMaJ 2008/11/28 15:24:54
    None of the above
    MaMaJ
    He will start the first 4 years and I think if he does a good job of starting he will do it in the next 4 , it will not happen overnight after all look how long it took Bush to F it up right in front of our noses and most chose to ignor it.
  • Adjusti... MaMaJ 2008/11/28 17:30:37
  • Lanikai MaMaJ 2008/11/28 19:11:57
    Lanikai
    +4
    Congress f-ed it up. Not Bush, Bush can only recommend and then Congress does what it wants. Stop blaming Bush, this was a democrat created nightmare,
  • h8wintr 2008/11/28 09:21:14
    None of the above
    h8wintr
    He has four years to clean up after eight years of president Bush. What do you think?

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