Candidate Obama says there will be new culture in Washington. Lobbyists will know their place and that place won't be on his cabinet.
President Obama welcomes lobbyists with open arms in his cabinet. He makes exceptions when it's his friends or choices.
Candidate Obama says earmarks will not happen in his White House if elected. He'll cut those suckers right out of bills. He'll veto those darn things if anyone has the temerity to even think about including them.
President Obama isn't concerned about the 8,570 (more or less depending on who's counting and reporting) in the Democrat's $410 billion Omnibus spending package. He's thinking maybe he'll start this earmark thing next year. All the pork in the trillion dollar porkulus bill? That's technically not considered earmarks as it was included in the bill. Earmarks get added afterwards. Oink oink.
Candidate Obama is going to have an ethical, above-board, above-average cabinet.
President Obama doesn't seem to think paying legally owed taxes has anything to do with ethics, even in his choice for Secretary of Treasury, a job that oversees that pesky agency that makes sure you and I pay our taxes properly.
Candidate Obama said his there would unprecedented openness and transparency in his administration. Bills would be on-line before passage so the public would know what was in them.
President Obama has yet to follow through on that promise. Porkulus wasn't even available for review by those who voted on it. The current $410 billion bill speeding through Congress to his desk isn't going to be on-line before the vote, either.
Schitzobama seems to be experiencing more difficulties now that he's in office!
He pushes through a spending porkulus package that will be possibly paid off by our great-great-great grandchildren, and then says he's going to cut the deficit in half in four years. Huh?
Yesterday, I held a fiscal summit where I pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office. My administration has also begun to go line by line through the federal budget in order to eliminate wasteful and ineffective programs. As you can imagine, this is a process that will take some time. But we're starting with the biggest lines. We have already identified two trillion dollars in savings over the next decade. - Transcript of Obama's Address to Joint Session of Congress, 2/25/09
Congress and the Obama administration are saying they want to cut military spending by 20 - 25%, yet last night he said he wants to increase the number of soldiers and Marines, and increase the pay of the military and veterans? Huh?
As we meet here tonight, our men and women in uniform stand watch abroad and more are readying to deploy. To each and every one of them, and to the families who bear the quiet burden of their absence, Americans are united in sending one message: we honor your service, we are inspired by your sacrifice, and you have our unyielding support. To relieve the strain on our forces, my budget increases the number of our soldiers and Marines. And to keep our sacred trust with those who serve, we will raise their pay, and give our veterans the expanded health care and benefits that they have earned. - Transcript of Obama's Address to Joint Session of Congress, 2/25/09
Schitzobama also says he's not going to let terrorists conspire, plot to kill us in other countries. This after releasing terrorists who are certainly already conspiring against us, and promising the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention center.
To overcome extremism, we must also be vigilant in upholding the values our troops defend - because there is no force in the world more powerful than the example of America. That is why I have ordered the closing of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, and will seek swift and certain justice for captured terrorists - because living our values doesn't make us weaker, it makes us safer and it makes us stronger. - Transcript of Obama's Address to Joint Session of Congress, 2/25/09
And in another part of his speech:
And with our friends and allies, we will forge a new and comprehensive strategy or Afghanistan and Pakistan to defeat al Qaeda and combat extremism. Because I will not allow terrorists to plot against the American people from safe havens half a world away. - Transcript of Obama's Address to Joint Session of Congress, 2/25/09
The words and actions of this man do not connect, in fact they are often completely diametrically opposed. It should be clear to every American that we have a President who simply says what he thinks the public wants to hear. He has an agenda, he's moving forward. We need to learn to ignore the words and watch the actions. Unfortunately for us, the actions are happening with little or no warning and it's hard to react after the fact.