Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Is Obama back pedaling on campaign promises already?

We all remember the time when Barack Obama was greeted with cheers, his name ringing out across the country, and his loud booming voice talking of Change, Change that we can count on.

He was sensational, winning over crowds of people, telling of changing the tone of Old Washington, and telling the country that lobbyists have no place in his White House. He promised to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell", the ban on openly homosexual individuals in the military, which caused throngs of left leaning individuals to also flock to him. Obama talked of changing the current intelligence policy in order to preserve freedoms and give back the liberties taken from individuals. And finally, the big promise on the campaign trail, the one I heard so many times that I thought it was his only platform, his promise to end tax cuts for the rich and for companies, you know the ones I am talking about, the ones that Bush implemented that caused so many Obama supporters to fall madly in love with Barack. Yes that was one of his biggest promises.

So what has changed you ask? Everything. For starters he is now the President-Elect and really does not need to promise anything to the 52% of people who voted for him. Hook-line-and-sinker, he cast out his line and people bit, he reeled them in and clubbed them before they knew what was coming, and with all those stars in their eyes they believed everything he said. So what is happening to all of those promises:

A new tone to Washington:
Let's be for real his Vice President is Joe Biden, one of the oldest Washington insiders to circle the Beltway. His Chief of Staff is going to be Rahm Emmanuel, a left leaning "pit bull" (with lipstick?) and is know to be more of the attacking type than the "new tone" and "reach across the isle" type. And as far as those lobbyists go well it seems they actually will have a place in the Obama White House
Despite campaign trail promises that special interests wouldn’t be a part of his administration, President-elect Barack Obama’s has sent signals to the lobbyists that they can get jobs with him.

...the overall message to the lobbying community appears to run counter to the Democratic senator’s campaign promise to keep special interest advocates at arms length.

Yep folks, that New Washing that Obama sold you, is really the Old Washington wrapped in new paper.

Don't Ask Don't Tell:
Source: Washington Times
Reports suggest that Obama may not move as quickly as we had previously thought on the Don't Ask Don't Tell ban. As a matter of fact it may be years until it is actually addressed. In all actuality it may never really be addressed the way it should be, with Obama planing committee's, and we all know that sometimes things simply never come out of the committee. Anyone who is homosexual hoping for equality in the military will probably have to Hope a little longer for that Change.

Intelligence Policy:
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Ah yes, the intelligence policy. A policy that has caused so much controversy, and taken away so many freedoms from American citizens that there are cries of impeachment and calls for trials of President Bush. The same intelligence policy that has sanctioned the use of torture by redefining what the word means, and has brought heat from civil liberties watch dogs. This is the same policy that allows warrantless wiretapping and water boarding. Barack Obama promised to overhaul this policy, but now it appears as if this is unlikely to happen. As a matter of fact he is being advised by a large group of intelligence professionals, many of whom support the current policy. His current transition team is headed by former National Counter-terrorism Center chief John Brennan and former CIA-intellegience analysis director Jami Miscik. Remember on the campaign trail Obama also said that the CIA should be using the same strict guidelines as the military with interrogations, but his two appointees are contrary to his statements. However, because Obama is still a voting Senator he has had some votes since his election and as they say the proof is in the pudding about his intent for his overhaul (or lack thereof) of the intelligence policy
Yet he more recently voted for a White House-backed law to expand eavesdropping powers for the National Security Agency. Mr. Obama said he opposed providing legal immunity to telecommunications companies that aided warrantless surveillance, but ultimately voted for the bill, which included an immunity provision.

The new president could take a similar approach to revising the rules for CIA interrogations, said one current government official familiar with the transition. Upon review, Mr. Obama may decide he wants to keep the road open in certain cases for the CIA to use techniques not approved by the military, but with much greater oversight.

Hey do not blame me if you drank the Hope and Change Kool-Aid. And do not complain over an open phone line, you know with the wiretapping and all, you may just be water boarded until you confess to being a terrorist and then off to that eternal summer camp in Cuba.

Those big fat tax cuts:
Source: The New York Times
Remember how many times Obama bashed the Bush administration for tax cuts for the rich and for companies, and how Obama would overturn those tax cuts. Well that does not look like it is going to happen either.
A member of the Obama economic advisory team, William M. Daley, acknowledged that because of the gravity of the situation, Mr. Obama was leaning toward letting a Bush tax cut for the wealthy expire onschedule in 2011 rather than repealing it sooner.

Huh, so it seems that Obama will not keep that promise either but will let it expire, the same way a Republican president would have done, which is fine with me. However it is interesting to note that one of his major campaign promises, perhaps the one that helped him get elected in the first place.

And last but certainly not least, what about Obama's choice of Tim Geithner to be Treasury Secretary and is also the man who is heading the economic team that Obama currently has in place. A lot of people are questioning this choice
Geithner's involvement in several ultimately ill-fated efforts to buttress the American financial system is the very reason some Wall Street CEO's — a number of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of piquing the man who regulates them — question whether he's up to the challenge.

"We have only two things to say about Tim Geithner, who we do not know: AIG and Lehman Brothers," said Christopher Whalen of Institutional Risk Analytics. "Throw in the Bear Stearns/Maiden Lane fiasco for good measure," he said, referring to the site of the New York Federal Reserve, where many rescue discussions took place.

"All of these 'rescues' are a disaster for the taxpayer, for the financial markets and also for the Federal Reserve System as an organization. Geithner, in our view, deserves retirement, not promotion." Source: International Herald Tribune

Just what we need, a man with a track record of failure, to run our already failing economy.

All I can say is what I said before the election, Obama is a liar and has now sold 52% of Americans a big heaping pile of steaming, stinking horse manure. His devoted followers drank the Kool-Aid of the Hope and Change cult and now it appears that Obama is showing his true colors. Don't say that we did not tell you this would happen.

Hat tip to Breda at The Breda Fallacy


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