The Lies of Obama


When politicians are caught out in lies, their supporters often resort to the old cliché: all politicians lie. But that is itself a lie: most don’t. Even among those who do, there are enormous differences in the importance and frequency of the lies. And it is surely now clear that this nation has a far from routine problem in the scale and regularity of President Obama’s lying.

When politicians lie they are usually trying to avoid political damage, or to make themselves look good. Bill Clinton lied (and got himself impeached) to save himself from embarrassment about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Hillary Clinton lied about being under fire in Bosnia to enhance her non-existent foreign affairs profile. Richard Nixon was forced from office because he lied to cover up his involvement in a political dirty trick. John Kerry lied about his Vietnam combat experience to blunt his anti-military reputation. But Barack Obama’s lies are far more corrosive and destructive, because they go the heart of legislation and governance, and so seriously undermine trust in government. His lies generally take a specific form: they attempt to persuade people to vote for him or his policies by categorically assuring them that they need not have the anxieties that they have been expressing. The lies say, essentially: trust me, support what I want, and I promise that what you fear will never happen. But in every case it soon becomes clear either that he knew perfectly well that what the public feared would in fact happen, or that he was giving a firm assurance that he was in no position to give, or that he had no intention of following through on his promise.

The accumulated weight of Obama’s deceit is overwhelming:

* During his campaign for the presidency and since, Obama repeatedly assured us that he would protect Medicare against cuts; but he now presses for passage of bills that include savage cuts in Medicare.

* To obtain passage of his first stimulus bill, Obama assured us that 90% of the jobs created would be in the private sector; but as he well knew, most of them were to be in the public sector.

* Early in the health care debate, Obama assured us that he had not said that he favored a single payer system; but he was on record as having said exactly that.

* Obama gave primary voters a firm assurance that if he became the nominee of the Democratic party he would (unlike Hillary Clinton) abide by the campaign finance limits of public funding; but as soon as he became the party’s nominee, he reneged on that pledge.

* During the presidential campaign Obama criticized the presence of former lobbyists in the Bush administration and solemnly assured us that he would appoint no lobbyists to his administration; but once elected he proceeded to appoint even more lobbyists than his predecessors.

* Obama criticized the size of George Bush’s deficit and promised to stop deficit spending if elected; but he has already quadrupled the size of the deficit he objected to and recklessly continues new federal spending in the trillions.

* When campaigning Obama criticized bills before the congress that were too long for anyone to be able to read and promised to stop that; but the bills he has been backing throughout his first year are infinitely longer (2000+ pages) than the ones he criticized.

* Candidate Obama promised an end to the corruption of earmarks and pork, but in the bills he has supported this year there have been more and bigger earmarks than ever before.

* Candidate Obama promised us that CIA personnel involved in the interrogation of terrorists would not be prosecuted; but his administration is now doing exactly that.

* Obama assured a joint session of Congress that the health bill he supported (pre-Stupak) would not provide public funding for abortions; but bitter resistance on the part of House Democrats to inclusion of language to that effect soon proved that it did.

* Candidate Obama promised that he would make sure that there was always enough time for the public to read legislation before it was enacted; but he has done exactly the opposite, repeatedly pressing for even faster passage of even longer bills.

* Candidate Obama met fears that he would be a tax and spend liberal by promising, emphatically and repeatedly, that those earning under $200,000 would see no increase in their taxes of any kind; but he now urges passage of a healthcare bill that breaks that pledge in many different ways, and his unrestrained increase in federal spending makes more tax increases inevitable.

* Candidate Obama promised bipartisanship and an end to partisan bickering; but  in a display of especially ruthless partisanship his allies have shut Republicans out of all key meetings on his health care initiative, with the unprecedented result that domestic legislation of historic importance garnered not a single Republican vote in the Senate.

* Candidate Obama criticized his opponent’s plan to tax employer paid healthcare benefits, and promised he would not tax them; but the bill he now backs will do just that.

* Obama had promised that he would not sign a healthcare bill that would add one dime to the federal deficit; but the bill he now backs adds trillions in new federal spending, offset only by new sources of revenue that are both uncertain and more properly seen as offsetting the already existing deficit.

* Obama coerced congress into passing his stimulus bill by promising that if it were passed unemployment could go no higher then 8%; but unemployment is now at 10%, and he could not possibly have had good reason to exclude that possibility.

* Obama promised that his cap and trade legislation will create jobs; but its massive tax increases will certainly hobble the economy and destroy jobs, while green jobs in significant numbers can at best be hoped for, but never promised.

* Obama has repeatedly assured the American people that if they like their current health plan they can keep it; but the House bill which he supported created huge incentives for employers to drop their coverage and shift their members to a public option.

* Obama has just as often assured the public that under his health plan everyone will be able to keep their current doctor; but many are certain to lose their doctors when ObamaCare’s large cuts in Medicare funding induce more doctors to withdraw from Medicare coverage, as they also would were employers to transfer patients to a public option to save money.

* Obama assured a joint session of Congress that his health plan would not fund illegal aliens; but his allies had been busy voting down amendments to that effect.  (This was the point of Joe Wilson’s outburst.)

* Obama claimed that Caterpillar’s CEO had told him that Caterpillar would begin hiring again as a result of the stimulus bill; but that individual immediately announced that he had said no such thing, and that Caterpillar would in fact be laying off more workers.

* Candidate Obama promised that Guantanamo would be closed by January 1, 2010; but it is still open.

* Candidate Obama promised that his administration (unlike his predecessor’s) would be so transparent that TV cameras (C-Span) would be there for key deliberations; but an unprecedented level of secrecy prevails as the final stages of Obamacare are negotiated behind closed doors and kept so secret that even the Senate majority whip admitted that he had no idea what was going on.  Requests for Obama to honor the promise of C-Span cameras are being ignored.

* To gain traction for his attempt to return a would-be socialist dictator in Honduras to power, Obama claimed that he had been overthrown in an illegal coup;  but the congressional research service pointed out correctly that ex-President Zelaya had been removed for constitutionally sufficient cause by legal and constitutional means.

* Obama claims that he wants a public option only to increase choice and competition; but the House bill would clearly reduce choice both by squeezing unsubsidized private health plans out of the market, and by setting rigid conditions on acceptable plans that would narrow available options.

* Candidate Obama claimed that violent radical Bill Ayers was just another guy in his neighborhood; but the record shows that the two had worked closely together.

* Obama assured us that his stimulus bill would create or save a million jobs; but he was claiming as fact what could never have been more than a wild (and highly improbable) guess, and his more recent attempts to justify that guess have been fraudulent.

* Obama assured us that his health plan would never ration care, or “pull the plug” on grandma; but the legislation he backs sets up panels to make crucial decisions on when to withhold care, and it makes such deep cuts in Medicare that rationing is inevitable.

* Obama now assures us that health insurance premiums will not go up if ObamaCare becomes law, insisting indignantly that people who say this have not read the bill; but the legislation forces insurers to cover preexisting conditions, which will compel them to raise premiums substantially.

This is an extraordinary record of serial mendacity. One or two instances might charitably be regarded as rash promises later regretted, or as the wishful thinking of someone who had not thought through the implications of what he was saying. But when it happens again and again—and my 30 instances are by no means exhaustive—only one judgment seems possible:  this is the record of a habitual, shameless liar, a man who will say anything to get what he wants. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me, goes the old saying. But scores of times? How shameful is that for our society when this disgraceful record is never the subject of a reproachful editorial in the New York Times, the Washington Post, or CBS news? Richard Nixon was removed from office, and Bill Clinton impeached for a single lie. Who could look at Obama’s record without concluding that his lying is in a completely different league to theirs?

President Obama evidently believes that he can solve any problem with a speech.  But he really does not care whether what he says is true or not, nor does he feel any responsibility to honor the assurances and promises he makes.  As a result, this nation is now in a position where it cannot believe a word that he says, and that amounts to an unprecedented crisis of confidence in the Presidency. Democratic government will atrophy if we allow lying on this scale to count as the business as usual of politics. When will the press and the Congress hold him accountable?

  • JDF

    Mr Smart is a typical liberal. Point at someone else with unsubstantiated claims to get the heat off his guy. Obama is despicable.

  • Perry Utanis

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  • HFD

    Obama is indeed a real threat to the survival of our nation, But, in my opinion, an even bigger theat to this nation's survival is it's own citizenry who, it can't be denied, very deliberately put Obama where he is today, knowing full well his lack of any qualifications to be there, his affiliations with terrorists and other dubious characters, his religious heiritige., etc. ect., etc. Obama will be gone in a few years, but the citizenry with that thought process will still be around.

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    • Artie

      Probably 90% of the populace are asleep, They go to vote every four years and then they forget all about Washington. They are complacent! They would rather watch tv then to stay involved. We the People are supposed to be telling the gov't what to do, not the other way around. But, today, people walk around, oblivious that anything bad is happenng. Boy are they going to get a harsh slap of reality in the face when troops are commanding our streets, we are under Martial Law, and they already have the FEMA camps ready and waiting to receive all of the sheeple. Our only hope is if people wake the hell up. Of this, I have no confidence in that happening. We are the stewards of our government and, we, as a whole, have fallen down on the job. Now we will get what we deserve.

  • Artie

    We have studied 9/11 for over 8 years now and the mountain of evidence, which shows that this was an inside job, is humungous. Any person who has researched anything about 9/11 knows the fact that it was an inside job. As far as Bush goes, he is guilty of mass murder for 9/11 and the illegal wars of aggression that he started in the Middle East. that have cost so many hundred's of thousand's of lives. He lied about 9/11, he lied about WMD in Iraq (there's no way you can get around that one). As a result of that one lie regarding WMD, he has caused an incredible amount of death and destruction. Bush and his complicate cabinet should be tried for war crimes.

    • Artie

      Obama is no better, just a slicker liar. But of course they are all getting their marching orders from the NWO, which you probably don't believe in either. Looks like the Marine Corp's really worked their propaganda well on you. So now, what are you going to do when you are called on to round up American's in America and drag them out of their homes and into FEMA camps? Are you going to do it? What happens when you are told to shoot to kill unarmed citizens? Are you going to shoot down the citizens of your own country? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I then ask you, what if you are ordered to round up your entire family or shoot them on sight? Are you going to do that?

    • Scottsman

      humungous??? All investigations of any value including the bipartisan investigation by the 911 commission and even the terrorists themselves admitting it does not sway you……….egads I think Rosie Odonnell's statement best amplifies your own chain of thought, Rosie;"And everyone knows fire can't melt steel!" Hillarious…there is no evidence whatsoever of inside jack, hell Bush had only just barely even gotten his cabinette approved by the shrill Democrats in congress and the white house fixed after the over half a million dollars in damage by Clinton staffers when terrorists that were already in the Country (and even many illegally registered to vote and had voted here -wonder for what party???). Muslim Fanaticism is what caused 911 and their countries are still as they have for years filled with irrational hatefilled racist people. The only person lying about 911 is you and your cult of irrationality.

  • Artie

    Look everyone, get out of the left/right paradism!! The government, the mass media and the entertainment corporations are all owned by the New World Order (NWO). This is why you are seeing Obama continuing on with the Bush policies. The NWO has one major goal. That goal is 90% depopulation globally. They are currently forming the North American Union, Canada, U.S., and Mexico will become one union and away goes our Constitution and all of our rights. The last president who stood up to them was JFK! Need I say more? Our congress MUST have the COURAGE to come together as one united force and flush these elite's out. First step, end the FED!! Some of you will understand exactly what I am talking about. The rest of you have got to start researching about the NWO. You will not find it on tv, radio or in your newspapers because they are all owned by the NWO. It's time to stop arguing and start getting to work!!! Things are moving fast and we don't have alot of time.

    • darraugh

      Numbers USA post said that billionaires Soros and Gregorian control and contribute to the Democratic Party who benefit from amnesty. They gave l8 million dollars for amnesty ads. Rev Wright said the Zionist would not let him talk to obama. Another man said that the Jews put in obama. Soros is Jewish. Stick the race card I am just making a point.

      Then on a left top blog I said that the Democrats were just for the illegal for the vote. Their very intelligent and political blogger said that he thought that in the beginning. But then he realized the corporations controlled both parties. Then a right blogger who is just as intelligent and political as him said "there is a small group of slick coherent individuals" aka the slave labor corporations who control both parties and judicial who benefit from amnesty, North American Union and Iraq. They manipulate and engineer the elections like in 2008 with both mccain and obama being for amnesty. How stupid you Republicans are believing that paddy mccain putting out the black is white not only once but twice.. In recent years they don't put in the best of the best but puppets who will not steal the show like clinton, bush and obama.. He said a lot more that I can't remember. Although on the History channel they said that clinton belongs to the innermost secret society whidh starts with a B from Belgium. They meet every year and every 4 years in the US. The man on there said that men like them are not just playing cards meaning NWO. So maybe clinton is one of them and not a puppet, "After the clinton/bush disaster obama will pound the final nail into the coffin,"

      My husband and this local TV anchor man said the slave labor corporations have been going on since George Washington. I said back they never made us a third world country before with outsourcing and the illegal and foreign workers taking the American jobs and their wages down. The right blogger said they were well insulated and they have money. But until someone exposes them and kicks them out we will never have this country back. They have the illegal Mexicans all over the US and up in Canada.for their North American Union. But they are the ones behind the NWO too. Expose them and kick them out.

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  • Scottsman

    What is Obama's best lie? Oh that he inherited every problem from Bush when his own party controlled congress including budgets and committee chairs for basically Bush's entire second term even overturning a Bush veto. We also know that when Clinton had a great economy Republicans were in control of his congress. And we also know that with a filibuster proof majority Obama was still blaming republicans now even with just a very large majority he seems incapable of blaming anyone except Bush. Basically the kool aid drinkers will still line up to receive the mark of the beast from their messiah Obama but in November some of the swamp gets drained and I imagine he will still be blaming Bush and the other party he was supposed to be working across the aisle with and chaning the atmosphere in D.C. via his magical charms and intellect via telepromper…….Five days on the website, no earmarks or veto, CSPAN cameras, no backroom deals……………transparency…….yep Pinocchio.

  • scottsman

    The Obama agenda resembles amazingly the communist manifesto…. coincidence? SEIU brown shirts and more rights for foreigners and terrorists yep change you can count on and count you will count all your tax money getting sent to unions and foreigners……….imaginary jobs created in imaginary congressional districts change you can count on!

  • Mason Gill

    I believe Obama does not realize he is not telling the truth. He appears to have memories and experiences where he consistently believes everything he says is the truth.

  • shane

    I don't think our so called "chosen one" is capable of telling the truth.

  • Eric Clark

    Obama, like all democrats, campaign to the right to impress all, but reign from the left.

    All Democratic believers will ignore truth because of either their own guilt for black slavery, or simply to make others believe that they support minorities unconditionally to look honorable.

    It is all fake, or ignorant of general common sense. "hey, even though I'm white, all blacks have perfect morals and we cannot disagree".

    Truth is not a democratic value, only self-serving arrogance, delivered by Satan.

  • kyledisc

    Doesn't this seem the same for all politicians? Or maybe I am getting too cynical.

  • Will Haas

    The President needs to be reminded of some words of wisdom that were spoken back in March of 2006. The words were as true then as they are today.

    "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, "the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."
    ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

  • Artie

    Well, he didn't lie about change!! He just didn't tell us that the change would be for the worse. Alot of shit is going to go down in this country and we will probably have Martial Law by the end of the year, or sooner. The fact is that the elite's of the NWO want WWIII. With that in mind, it is clear that we WILL invade Iran sometime soon.