Obama's Legacy: A long list of broken promises

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    So it's SoTU night again, and BO's gonna tell us what a great job he's doing. However, in the interest of balance, I thought it would be appropriate to provide a handy listing of 117 promises he's broken up to now.

    1. Eliminate all oil and gas tax loopholes
    2. Expand and make refundable the child and dependent care credit.
    3. Require publicly traded financial partnerships to pay the corporate income tax
    4. Close loopholes in the corporate tax deductibility of CEO pay
    5. Create a foreclosure prevention fund for homeowners
    6. Provide option for a pre-filled-out tax form
    7. Create a mortgage interest tax credit for non-itemizers
    8. Require automatic enrollment in 401(k) plans
    9. Create a retirement savings tax credit for low incomes
    10. End income tax for seniors making less than $50,000
    11. End no-bid contracts above $25,000
    12. Create a $60 billion bank to fund roads and bridges
    13. Tax carried interest as ordinary income
    14. Sign the Employee Free Choice Act, making it easier for workers to unionize
    15. Lift the payroll tax cap on earnings above $250,000
    16. Forbid companies in bankruptcy from giving executives bonuses
    17. Allow workers to claim more in unpaid wages and benefits in bankruptcy court
    18. Require full disclosure of company pension investments to employees
    19. Allow imported prescription drugs
    20. Prevent drug companies from blocking generic drugs
    21. Allow Medicare to negotiate for cheaper drug prices
    22. Appoint federal-level coordinator to oversee all federal autism efforts
    23. Double federal funding for cancer research
    24. Direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a study of federal cancer initiatives
    25. Provide the CDC $50 million in funding to determine effective approaches for cancer patient care
    26. Sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
    27. Fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
    28. Create a National Commission on People with Disabilities, Employment, and Social Security
    29. Change federal rules so small businesses owned by people with disabilities can get preferential treatment for federal contracts.
    30. Reduce the threshhold for the Family and Medical Leave Act from companies with 50 employees to companies with 25 employees
    31. Provide a $1.5 billion fund to help states launch programs for paid family and medical leave
    32. Require employers to provide seven paid sick days per year
    33. Amend the Medicare "homebound" rule to allow some travel without loss of benefits
    34. Reduce the Veterans Benefits Administration claims backlog
    35. Expand the Family Medical Leave Act to include leave for domestic violence or sexual assault
    36. Form international group to help Iraq refugees
    37. Provide at least $2 billion for services to Iraqi refugees
    38. Work with Russia to move nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert
    39. Clarify legal status for defense contractor personnel
    40. Double U.S. spending on foreign aid to $50 billion a year by 2012
    41. Establish a Global Education Fund
    42. Launch a new 'America's Voice Corps'
    43. Develop an alternative to President Bush's Military Commissions Act on handling detainees
    44. Restore habeas corpus rights for "enemy combatants"
    45. Establish regulations to secure chemical plants
    46. Improve port security through better radiation detection
    47. Strengthen the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and double its budget in the next four years
    48. Secure ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)
    49. Require companies to disclose personal information data breaches
    50. Seek to negotiate a political agreement on Cyprus
    51. With the G-8, launch Health Infrastructure 2020
    52. Reinstate special envoy for the Americas
    53. Double the Peace Corps
    54. Seek independent watchdog agency to investigate congressional ethics violations
    55. Create a public "Contracts and Influence" database
    56. Expose Special Interest Tax Breaks to Public Scrutiny
    57. Allow five days of public comment before signing bills
    58. Tougher rules against revolving door for lobbyists and former officials
    59. Double funding for Federal Charter School Program and require more accountability
    60. Double funding for after school programs
    61. Create scholarships to recruit new teachers
    62. Regulate pollution from major livestock operations
    63. Urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws
    64. Sign the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act into law
    65. Eliminate caps on damages for discrimination cases
    66. Ban racial profiling by federal law enforcement agencies
    67. Allow bankruptcy judges to modify terms of a home mortgage
    68. Increase the supply of affordable housing throughout metropolitan regions
    69. Increase the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour
    70. Restore Superfund program so that polluters pay for clean-ups
    71. Fully fund the COPS program
    72. Support tax deduction for artists
    73. Re-establish the National Aeronautics and Space Council
    74. Support human mission to moon by 2020
    75. Direct revenues from offshore oil and gas drilling to increased coastal hurricane protection
    76. Create a national catastrophe insurance reserve
    77. Establish a Global Energy Corps to promote green energy in developing countries
    78. Expand service-learning in schools
    79. Pay for the national service plan without increasing the deficit
    80. Seek treaty to control fissile materials
    81. Encourage diversity in media ownership
    82. Improve and prioritize student science assessments
    83. Reduce the number of middle managers in the federal workforce
    84. Limit subsidies for agribusiness
    85. Strengthen anti-monopoly laws to favor independent farmers
    86. Give tax incentives to new farmers
    87. Strengthen the Age Discrimination in Employment Act
    88. Limit term of director of national intelligence
    89. Call for a consultative group of congressional leaders on national security
    90. Give annual "State of the World" address
    91. Reduce earmarks to 1994 levels
    92. Work to ban the permanent replacement of striking workers
    93. Establish a low carbon fuel standard
    94. Require 25 percent renewable energy by 2025
    95. Enact windfall profits tax for oil companies
    96. Create cap and trade system with interim goals to reduce global warming
    97. Use revenue from cap and trade to support clean energy and environmental restoration
    98. Require plug-in fleet at the White House
    99. Require new federal fleet purchases to be half plug-in hybrids or electric vehicles
    100. Require more flex-fuel cars for the federal government
    101. vehicle purchased by the federal government does.”
    102. Mandate flexible fuel vehicles by 2012
    103. Double federal program to help "reverse" commuters who go from city to suburbs
    104. Require energy conservation in use of transportation dollars
    105. Provide an annual report on "state of our energy future"
    106. Devote federal resources to promote cellulosic ethanol
    107. Sign the Freedom of Choice Act
    108. Allow penalty-free hardship withdrawals from retirement accounts in 2008 and 2009
    109. Give the White House's Privacy and Civil Liberties Board subpoena power
    110. Recognize the Armenian genocide
    111. No family making less than $250,000 will see "any form of tax increase."
    112. No signing statements to nullify instructions from Congress
    113. Negotiate health care reform in public sessions televised on C-SPAN
    114. Create a public option health plan for a new National Health Insurance Exchange.
    115. Cut the cost of a typical family's health insurance premium by up to $2,500 a year
    116. Bring Democrats and Republicans together to pass an agenda
    117. Introduce a comprehensive immigration bill in the first year
     
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    but but but he was busy crapping on the Constitution & waging even more war. :D
     
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    It's derived from the PolitFact Obameter. There's a link in the first 'graph.
     
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    I don't see the enumerated list, but no worries, it's not important.

    This is interesting, but without much context. For example, according to the same site, Pres. Obama has kept 45 percent of his promises, compromised on 24 percent, and has eight percent in the works.

    Which might actually be a pretty good score when it comes down to it.

    The GOP measure notes a rate of 38 percent for promises kept, 30 percent for compromises and 32 percent broken.

    So, Obama has broken 22 percent of his promises and the GOP have broken 32 percent.
     
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    Has the great political my side is better than yours debate gotten so cheesy, we're now keeping score on broken promises?
     
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    Yep. Also his broken glassware at the Whitehouse - I read it’s up to 7, including mishaps in the dishwasher:

    1. Red Wine glass
    2. Champagne Flute
    3. Coffee Cup (1)
    4. Coffee Cup (2)
    5. Water glass
    6. Ice Tea glass
    7. Beer Pint
     
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    Son of a...

    IS THERE NO STOPPING THIS MADMAN?
     
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    Is this your response to his 'State of the Union' address?

    Did you watch it? Not a huge fan of the guy, but it was pretty ****** good.

    ...just saying:eek:

    AND I have to throw Ernst under the bus. She completely folded and had absolutely no response to Obama's speech and started droning on about the Keystone project. Really? REALLY??
     
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    Edit: I have started a new thread. Sorry to derail this one...
     
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    It was pretty bad. She sounded like she was talking to a kindergarten class. She should work on that.
     
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    Complaining about politician's broken "promises" probably goes back to the Washington administration. But, in context, few if any of these promises actually qualify as real promises. Most political promises actually are goals, and, some of those goals I'm glad have been defeated. Like the Republicans who promised to destroy Social Security. They couldn't deliver, and, I'm glad. I really don't care, however, that they "broke their promises" to destroy SS.
     
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    The better question is are we better off because Obama broke his promises.

    Is it a lost opportunity to address serious social issues like income inequality and wealth hoarding which in fact starves the middle class?

    I don't know, and I'm not sure if we should celebrate or mourn.
     
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    Promises kept:

    1: Armed Mexican cartels with US based firearms
    2: Got Americans killed with the aforementioned firearms
    3: Armed Syrian Rebels
    4: Drone striked most of the middle east
    5: Intervened in several foreign conflicts thus creating amazing terrorist recruitment campaigns
    6: Bailed out GM at the taxpayer's expense and let them keep their ****** union
    7: Did not pursue a single banker responsible for the financial disaster
    8: Renewed the Patriot Act

    Best Prez Eva!
     
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    I see. Well nothing's too good for PRSI so I hand crafted the list from PolitiFact and then used Word's auto numbering to enumerate it.

    So when he promises you something, it's a better-than-even chance he's lying to you. That's atrocious.

    Be honest. Lying 55% of the time is a serious character flaw.

    You measuring lies told by a political party's leadership against one man's extreme dishonesty? That's spinning so fast, I'm surprised centrifugal force hasn't caused you to explode.

    Again, that never struck you as odd, that you're comparing one man's dishonesty against the lies told by several?
     
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    My what a big list you have there!

    Thanks. Saved a copy for later. Really shows how obstructive the GOP and their backers have been.
     
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    Gotcha! Yep, and you'd be chortling too if a Republican president was proven to be as dishonest as Obama. How could you support a guy who lies more than half the time? I wouldn't trust a liar like that with a burnt-out match and you guys gave him the keys to the nuclear football!

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    Hey, if an organization as much in the tank for Democrats as PolitiFact is, admits Obama broke his "promises", that's what he did.
     
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    Probably came in a "FW: FW: FW: FW: FW:..." :D
     
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    Yeah, or it could show what a liar Obama is for making promises to people he knew he wouldn't keep.
     
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    Oh dear. Broken promises, and in politics of all things. Here's a hanky.
     
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    Lol. Obama didn't follow through with something? Must be the opposition. The koolaid still flows I see.

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    Candidate Obama and President Obama are two entirely different things.

    Most transparent administration ever? More like the complete opposite.
     
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    I feel bad for any president. Any attmept at legistlation is shot down, the whole country dissaproves and hates them, and everyone "could do a better job."
     
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    Oh, it flows everywhere. ;)
     
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    Not every president is hated. However, when your whole presidency was based on blaming bush and the republicans, it really doesn't set the stage for a bipartisan effort.

    Even when the fools had a super majority, they managed to pass like 3 things; one of which was the disastrous healthcare bill.
     
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    I hope President Underwood keeps his promises. :p
     
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