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Trust Matters, Doesn’t It?

Posted: October 25, 2012 in political

How “trustworthy” has President Obama been? He said in a speech yesterday that trust matters.

“And we joke about Romnesia, but all of this speaks to something that’s really important and that is the issue of trust. There’s no more serious issue on a presidential campaign than trust. Trust matters. And here’s the thing, Iowa, you know me. You know — you know that I say what I mean and I mean what I say” President Obama, speech in Iowa, 24 October 2012
So, how trustworthy has he been?
Let’s take a quick look:
1. (ABC News, Feb 13,2012) “This is big,” wrote White House director of new media Macon Phillips in a February 23, 2009 blog post, ”the President today promised that by the end of his first term, he will cut in half the massive federal deficit we’ve inherited. And we’ll do it in a new way: honestly and candidly.”
Indeed, President Obama did make that promise that day, saying, “today I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office. This will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we’ve long neglected. But I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay — and that means taking responsibility right now, in this administration, for getting our spending under control.”
The 2013 budget the president submitted today does not come close to meeting this promise of being reduced to $650 billion for fiscal year 2013.
2. (Newsherald.com) President Obama promised to televise meetings about health care. He said he would have doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, insurance companies and drug companies there and would televise the negotiations on C-SPAN. That didn’t happen. All those discussions with drug companies, insurance companies and other special-interest groups were held behind closed doors.
3. (Politifact) “Barack Obama is committed to returning earmarks to less than $7.8 billion a year, the level they were at before 1994.”
The final numbers are in, and as expected President Barack Obama was unable to keep his promise to hold earmarks to less than $7.8 billion a year, the level they were at before 1994.
4. (PolitiFact) “Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes,” Obama said.
The health care law that Obama signed on March 23, 2010, raises taxes on some things regardless of income. Two taxes in particular stand out. A tax on indoor tanning services begins this year. And in 2014, people will have to pay a fine, levied through their income taxes, if they don’t have health insurance.
5. “I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.”
A report by the Congressional Budget Office, the nonpartisan budget scorekeeper for Congress, said premiums would barely change for anyone who currently has employer-based health care coverage. For individuals and families that do not get health care through an employer, premiums would go up, with the average premium per policy for families increasing by $2,100.

He also promised to increase the space program and launch a manned flight to the moon, instead he closed NASA and scraped the Constellation program (the replacement for the shuttle).
Hey, this was just a real quick look, PolitiFact.com had five pages of broken promises, some of which I’m glad he didn’t keep, like cap and trade legislation, on demand abortion, and others, but the point is, he is the one who is saying “trust matters”. And he is also the one who will not release his college records or his passport while his surrogates are screaming about Romney’s tax records.
I ain’t telling you who to vote for,  just saying please think about it.

Vaya con Dios,
MBL

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