Obama's Empty Campaign Promises

by Gerri Willis

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on education at the University of Colorado in Denver, October 26, 2011. We all know campaigns are about promising lofty goals to the voters - telling them what they want to hear. And when these people get elected - for whatever reason - many of these promises just don't get carried out.

But apparently President Obama is the exception - at least if you ask him.

Here's what he said at a campaign fundraiser this week:

"I carry around a little checklist, and I think we've got about 60 percent of it done so far. And that's not bad for three years, because I need another five."

Sixty percent! That's a pretty good record! Too bad he's exaggerating his success rate slightly - according to the independent watchdog website: Politifact .com.

Candidate Obama made over 500 promises during the long campaign.

So doing his math that would mean he's kept more than 300 of them. Turns out he's only kept 151! That's less than 30 percent!

He did help some other proposals see the finish line - with a lot of compromise! But even if you include those - his record only goes up to 38 percent!

A lot of his broken or stalled promises come in the areas of the economy and taxes.

Now - not all of these failures are bad news. It just goes to show you when it comes to campaigns - even promises about promises must be taken with a grain of salt.

One of his biggest campaign talking points was increasing taxes on higher-income taxpayers - those making over $200,000 dollars a year.

We can give him points for effort here, but time and time again this promise goes nowhere because too many people know it would do more harm than good!

Now when he extended the Bush tax cuts - another broken promise - he also failed to include expanding the Child and Dependent Care Credit.

As seniors fought for a cost of living increase - they will get their first one since 2009 next year! Obama's pledge to end income taxes for low-income seniors has fallen off the radar!

When he joined forces with Joe Biden back in 2008, he and his new running mate promised to eliminate penalties for taking money out of your own 401(k) accounts.

That's not happening, and since day one, this president has seemed to have the oil industry in his cross-hairs. While he did manage to put off drilling - don't get me started on that - he failed to enact a windfall tax on their profits - or close loopholes many companies were using to save money on their taxes.

He also promised to restrict lobbying practices at the White House - but K Street plays as big a role as ever these days!

Obama did mention some of his big "accomplishments": ending the war in Iraq, ending ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell', and of course, there's ObamaCare - the latter of which I'll agree to disagree.

Like I said, many of his promises did not come to fruition because they were and are simply bad policy. Blaming Republicans for your failures is not an answer.

Countdown to a Federal Shutdown

by Gerri Willis

Don’t be afraid of a federal government shutdown!

Republicans and Democrats may be at an impasse over government spending, but at least one federal employee sees the bright side. “Close the Government down. I was in the last closedown and it was terrific. Unlike regular holidays this was unplanned so I had time to wax my car and do those other things that never get done. Ultimately, we got paid for not working,” writes an anonymous e-mailer to the website for the trade publication Government Executive.

Free vacation is the last thing we need to be awarding to federal employees with our $14.1 trillion debt and $1.65 trillion deficit.

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