Obama's broken promises highlight Obama's failures, his hypocrisy and his incompetence. Any list of his supposed accomplishments are usually not Obama's but rather accomplishments of Congress, often with little or no input from Obama. In those few instances when he did join the fight it was already too late, most notably in the health care debate. Keep in mind that the list that follows catalogs promises MADE and NOT KEPT. It was compiled by the Pulitzer Prize winning Politifact.com. Here's the list and the address of the group's web page:


Promise Broken rulings on the The Obameter

Increase the capital gains and dividends taxes for higher-income taxpayers

Increase capital gains and dividends taxes from 15 to 20 percent for those making more than $250,000 (couples) or $200,000 (single)>> More

Expand the child and dependent care credit

Expand and make refundable the child and dependent care credit.>> More

Create a foreclosure prevention fund for homeowners

Create a $10 billion fund to help homeowners refinance or sell their homes. "The Fund will not help speculators, people who bought vacation homes or people who falsely represented their incomes.">> More

Require automatic enrollment in 401(k) plans

Automatic enrollment in 401(k) plans for workers whose employers offer retirement plans.>> More

Require automatic enrollment in IRA plans

Require employers who do not offer retirement plans to offer their workers access to automatic IRAs and contribute via payroll deduction.>> More

End income tax for seniors making less than $50,000

"Will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year. This will eliminate taxes for 7 million seniors -- saving them an average of $1,400 a year-- and will also mean that 27 million seniors will not need to file an income tax return at all.">> More

End no-bid contracts above $25,000

"Will ensure that federal contracts over $25,000 are competitively bid.">> More

Repeal the Bush tax cuts for higher incomes

Repeal the Bush tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 (couples) or $200,000 (single)>> More

Phase out exemptions and deductions for higher earners

Restore the phaseouts of personal exemptions and itemized deductions for those making more than $250,000 (couples) or $200,000 (single), with threshholds indexed for inflation.>> More

Sign the Employee Free Choice Act, making it easier for workers to unionize

"Obama is a cosponsor and strong advocate of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), a bipartisan effort to make the unionization process more transparent and increase penalties on companies that violate employee rights. He will sign EFCA into law as president.">> More

Forbid companies in bankruptcy from giving executives bonuses

"Protect the jobs and benefits of workers and retirees when corporations file for bankruptcy by telling companies that they cannot issue bonuses for executives during bankruptcy while their workers watch their pensions disappear.">> More

Allow workers to claim more in unpaid wages and benefits in bankruptcy court

"Increase the amount of unpaid wages and benefits workers can claim in bankruptcy court against their employer.">> More

Allow imported prescription drugs

"Allow Americans to buy their medicines from other developed countries if the drugs are safe and prices are lower outside the U.S.">> More

Prevent drug companies from blocking generic drugs

"Prevent drug companies from blocking generic drugs from consumers.">> More

Appoint federal-level coordinator to oversee all federal autism efforts

"They will appoint a Federal ASD Coordinator to oversee federal ASD research and federal efforts to improve awareness of ASD and improve the training of medical professionals to identify and treat ASD. By establishing one top-level point person to coordinate ASD efforts in the White House, they will ensure that ASD receives the recognition and priority it deserves in the federal government. The Federal ASD Coordinator will also be tasked with eliminating bureaucratic obstacles that may be delaying implementation of important ASD measures and ensuring that all federal ASD dollars are being spent in a manner that prioritizes results. The Coordinator will work with state task forces on ASD to ensure effective communication and collaboration among federal, state, and local agencies.">> More

Double federal funding for cancer research

"Will double federal funding for cancer research within 5 years, focusing on NIH (National Institutes of Health) and NCI (National Cancer Institute).">> More

Direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a comprehensive study of federal cancer initiatives

"As president, Barack Obama will immediately direct his Secretary of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with agency officials, academic researchers, cancer survivors and advocates for people with cancer, and state public health officials, to comprehensively examine the various cancer-related efforts of federal agencies, and provide recommendations to eliminate barriers to effective coordination across federal agencies and between the federal government and other stakeholders.">> More

Provide the CDC $50 million in new funding to determine the most effective approaches for cancer patient care

"Will provide the CDC $50 million in new funding to determine the most effective approaches that assist not only navigation of cancer patients through diagnosis and treatment processes, but also provide easy-to-understand information on the necessary follow-up steps to ensure continued lifelong health.">> More

Fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

"Barack Obama has been a strong and consistent advocate for fully funding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Congress promised to shoulder 40 percent of each state's "excess cost" of educating children with disabilities, but it has never lived up to this obligation. Currently, the federal government provides less than half of the promised funding (17 percent).">> More

Create a National Commission on People with Disabilities, Employment, and Social Security

Create a national commission charged with "examining and proposing solutions to work disincentives in the SSDI, SSI, Medicare, and Medicaid," among other things.>> More

Change federal rules so small businesses owned by people with disabilities can get preferential treatment for federal contracts.

"Barack Obama and Joe Biden would direct the Small Business Administration to amend regulations under the Small Business Act that provide preferences in federal contracting to small businesses owned by members of socially and economically disadvantaged groups to include individuals with disabilities.">> More

Reduce the threshhold for the Family and Medical Leave Act from companies with 50 employees to companies with 25 employees

"The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees of larger employers (i.e., 50 or more employees) with 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a family member's or their own serious health condition. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will guarantee that millions more workers have access to FMLA leave by reducing the threshold for which employers are covered from companies with 50 or more employees to those with 25 or more.">> More

Provide a $1.5 billion fund to help states launch programs for paid family and medical leave

"As president, Barack Obama and Joe Biden will initiate a 50-state strategy to encourage all of the states to adopt paid-leave systems (as part of the Family and Medical Leave Act). Barack Obama and Joe Biden will provide a $1.5 billion fund to assist states with start-up costs and to help states offset the costs for employees and employers. Obama's Department of Labor will also provide technical information to the states on how to craft paid-leave programs consistent with their local needs.">> More

Require employers to provide seven paid sick days per year

"Require that employers provide seven paid sick days per year – which may be taken on an hourly basis – so that Americans with disabilities can take the time off they need without fear of losing their jobs or a paycheck.">> More

Expand the Family Medical Leave Act to include leave for domestic violence or sexual assault

"Expand the purposes for which leave can be taken under the Family Medical Leave Act to include reasons related to domestic violence or sexual assault.">> More

Form international group to help Iraq refugees

"Will form an international working group to address" the problem of "more than five million Iraqis (who) are refugees or are displaced inside their own country.">> More

Work with Russia to move nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert

"The United States and Russia have thousands of nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert. Barack Obama believes that we should take our nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert -- something that George W. Bush promised to do when he was campaigning for president in 2000. Maintaining this Cold War stance today is unnecessary and increases the risk of an accidental or unauthorized nuclear launch. As president, Obama will work with Russia to find common ground and bring significantly more weapons off hair-trigger alert.">> More

Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center

"As president, Barack Obama will close the detention facility at Guantanamo.">> More

Develop an alternative to President Bush's Military Commissions Act on handling detainees

"He will reject the Military Commissions Act, which allowed the U.S. to circumvent Geneva Conventions in the handling of detainees. He will develop a fair and thorough process based on the Uniform Code of Military Justice to distinguish between those prisoners who should be prosecuted for their crimes, those who can't be prosecuted but who can be held in a manner consistent with the laws of war, and those who should be released or transferred to their home countries.">> More

Secure ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)

"The United States has maintained a moratorium on testing since 1992. It signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1996, but it has not been ratified yet. Since the U.S. Senate last considered the treaty in 1999, significant progress has been made in our verification capability to detect nuclear explosions, even at extremely low yields, and to ensure confidence in the reliability of our nuclear stockpile without nuclear testing.">> More

Seek to negotiate a political agreement on Cyprus

"As president, Barack Obama will show U.S. leadership in seeking to negotiate a political settlement on Cyprus. He believes strongly that Cyprus should remain a single, sovereign country in which each of the two communities on the island is able to exercise substantial political authority within a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation.">> More

Reinstate special envoy for the Americas

"In the past, American presidents have filled the position of special envoy to bring senior-level attention to hemispheric matters that might otherwise get buried in the normal diplomatic process. Unfortunately, the position was eliminated after the post was vacated in June of 2004. As president Barack Obama will reinstate the position.">> More

Double the Peace Corps

"Barack Obama will double the Peace Corps to 16,000 by its 50th anniversary in 2011 and push Congress to fully fund this expansion, with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.">> More

Create a public "Contracts and Influence" database

"Will create a 'contracts and influence' database that will disclose how much federal contractors spend on lobbying, and what contracts they are getting and how well they complete them.">> More

Allow five days of public comment before signing bills

To reduce bills rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them, Obama "will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.">> More

Tougher rules against revolving door for lobbyists and former officials

"No political appointees in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years. And no political appointee will be able to lobby the executive branch after leaving government service during the remainder of the administration.">> More

Double funding for afterschool programs

"Will double funding for the main federal support for afterschool programs, the 21st Century Learning Centers program, to serve one million more children.">> More

Expand the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity

Will "place the weight of (his) administration behind...a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act to outlaw workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.">> More

Urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws

As president, "will use the bully pulpit to urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws.">> More

Allow bankruptcy judges to modify terms of a home mortgage

Will repeal provisions of the Chapter 13 law that prohibit bankruptcy judges from modifying the original terms of home mortgages for ordinary families -- regardless of whether the loan was predatory or unfair or is otherwise unaffordable -- "so that ordinary families can also get relief that bankruptcy laws were intended to provide.">> More

Increase the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour

"Will further raise the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2011, index it to inflation and increase the Earned Income Tax Credit to make sure that full-time workers can earn a living wage that allows them to raise their families and pay for basic needs such as food, transportation, and housing.">> More

Restore Superfund program so that polluters pay for clean-ups

"Will restore the strength of the Superfund program by requiring polluters to pay for the cleanup of contaminated sites they created.">> More

Re-establish the National Aeronautics and Space Council

Will re-establish an organizational authority in the federal government with a sufficiently broad mandate to oversee a comprehensive and integrated strategy and policy dealing with all aspects of the government's space-related programs, including those being managed by NASA, the Department of Defense, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Commerce Department, the Transportation Department, and other federal agencies. This Council reporting to the president "will oversee and coordinate civilian, military, commercial and national security space activities. It will solicit public participation, engage the international community, and work toward a 21st century vision of space that constantly pushes the envelope on new technologies as it pursues a balanced national portfolio that expands our reach into the heavens and improves life here on Earth.">> More

Support human mission to moon by 2020

Will "endorse the goal of sending human missions to the Moon by 2020, as a precursor in an orderly progression to missions to more distant destinations, including Mars.">> More

Pay for the national service plan without increasing the deficit

"Will maintain fiscal responsibility and prevent any increase in the deficit by offsetting cuts and revenue sources in other parts of the government (to pay for a national service plan that will cost about $3.5 billion per year when it is fully implemented). This plan will be paid for in part by cancelling tax provisions that would otherwise help multinational corporations pay less in U.S. taxes starting in 2008 by reallocating tax deductions for interest expenses between income earned in the U.S. and income earned abroad. The rest of the plan will be funded using a small portion of the savings associated with ending the war in Iraq.">> More

Reduce the number of middle managers in the federal workforce

"Barack Obama will thin the ranks of Washington middle managers, freeing up resources both for deficit reduction and for increasing the number of frontline workers.">> More

Strengthen the Age Discrimination in Employment Act

"Obama will fight job discrimination for aging employees by strengthening the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and empowering the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to prevent all forms of discrimination.">> More

Limit term of director of national intelligence

"Will insulate the Director of National Intelligence from political pressure by giving the DNI a fixed term, like the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Obama and Biden will seek consistency and integrity at the top of our intelligence community -- not just a political ally.">> More

Give annual "State of the World" address

"I'll give an annual 'State of the World' address to the American people in which I lay out our national security policy.">> More

Reduce earmarks to 1994 levels

"Barack Obama is committed to returning earmarks to less than $7.8 billion a year, the level they were at before 1994.">> More

Enact windfall profits tax for oil companies

"Will require oil companies to take a reasonable share of their record-breaking windfall profits and use it to provide direct relief worth $500 for an individual and $1,000 for a married couple. The relief would be delivered as quickly as possible to help families cope with the rising price of gasoline, food and other necessities. The rebates would be fully paid for with five years of a windfall profits tax on record oil company profits.">> More

Create cap and trade system with interim goals to reduce global warming

"Will set a hard cap on all carbon emissions at a level that scientists say is necessary to curb global warming - an 80% reduction by 2050. To ensure this isn't just talk, I will also commit to interim targets toward this goal in 2020, 2030, and 2040. These reductions will start immediately, and we'll continue to follow the recommendations of top scientists to ensure that our targets are strong enough to meet the challenge we face.">> More

Use revenue from cap and trade to support clean energy and environmental restoration

"A small portion of the receipts generated by auctioning [cap and trade] allowances ($15 billion per year) will be used to support the development of clean energy, invest in energy efficiency improvements, and help develop the next generation of biofuels and clean energy vehicles – measures that will help the economy and help meet the emissions reduction targets. It will also be used to provide new funding to state and federal land and wildlife managers to restore habitat, create wildlife migration corridors, and assist fish and wildlife to adapt to the effects of a warming climate. All remaining receipts will be used for rebates and other transition relief to ensure that families and communities are not adversely impacted by the transition to a new energy, low carbon economy.">> More

Require plug-in fleet at the White House

"Within one year of becoming President, the entire White House fleet will be converted to plug-ins as security permits.">> More

Require more flex-fuel cars for the federal government

"Government should lead the way here. I showed up at this event in a government vehicle that does not have a flexible-fuel tank. When I'm president, I will make sure that every vehicle purchased by the federal government does.">> More

Mandate flexible fuel vehicles by 2012

"Will work with Congress and auto companies to ensure that all new vehicles have flexible fuel (FFV) capability . . . by the end of his first term in office.">> More

Provide an annual report on "state of our energy future"

"I will report to the American people every year on the State of our Energy Future.">> More

Allow penalty-free hardship withdrawals from retirement accounts in 2008 and 2009

"Obama and Biden are calling for legislation that would allow withdrawals of 15% up to $10,000 from retirement accounts without penalty (although subject to the normal taxes). This would apply to withdrawals in 2008 (including retroactively) and 2009.">> More

Recognize the Armenian genocide

"Two years ago, I criticized the Secretary of State for the firing of U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, John Evans, after he properly used the term 'genocide' to describe Turkey's slaughter of thousands of Armenians starting in 1915. … as President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide.">> More

No family making less than $250,000 will see "any form of tax increase."

"I can make a firm pledge. 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.">> More

Negotiate health care reform in public sessions televised on C-SPAN

To achieve health care reform, "I'm going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We'll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies -- they'll get a seat at the table, they just won't be able to buy every chair. But what we will do is, we'll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies. And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process.">> More

Create a public option health plan for a new National Health Insurance Exchange.

"The exchange will require that all the plans offered are at least as generous as the new public plan and meet the same standards for quality and efficiency.">> More

Introduce a comprehensive immigration bill in the first year

"I cannot guarantee that it is going to be in the first 100 days. But what I can guarantee is that we will have in the first year an immigration bill that I strongly support and that I'm promoting. And I want to move that forward as quickly as possible.">> More

And the meter keeps ticking.

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Alberto Ceras 5 years 26 weeks ago

B.O. only knows how to campaign, how to make those empty promises, otherwise he's an incompentent, cowardly, weak fool. Better Romney and a solid Democratic congress able and willing to fight.

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Bush_Wacker 5 years 26 weeks ago

Now come up with a list of things on that list which have been attempted only to fall to filibuster or bipartisanship disapproval from Congress. You may not know it but the President cannot make laws or mandate lesgislation. I find it interesting that you said that the actual accomplishments had little to do with the President but all of the failures are his alone. They set the traps and we always go for the cheese.

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express 5 years 26 weeks ago

No, they are promises that he made and did not keep as determined by the prestigious group Politifact.com. If you have a quarrel with them, Bush_Whacker, then you need to talk to them, set them straight if you think that they are wrong. Pulitzer prizes aren't awarded on a whim.

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Bush_Wacker 5 years 26 weeks ago
Quote express:

No, they are promises that he made and did not keep as determined by the prestigious group Politifact.com. If you have a quarrel with them, Bush_Whacker, then you need to talk to them, set them straight if you think that they are wrong. Pulitzer prizes aren't awarded on a whim.

Don't get me wrong express. What I elude to here is that throughout time our Presidential wannabes make many promises while on the campaign trail. Some they really mean to abide by and some they don't. Either way, it's naive of any of us to believe that if elected, a President has the power to fulfill those promises. Everything has to be lined up just right in order to pass an agenda through legislature. It takes bipartisanship to get things done in Washington and that's something we haven't had in a long time. Politico is politically correct. Just as I would be if I wanted to list all of the unfulfilled promises of candidates past. The reality is that we should know that most promises made by candidates cannot be met.

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express 5 years 26 weeks ago

A leader – A LEADER - does not make promises knowing (or suspecting) that they can’t be fulfilled. Those promises must have a great probability of being kept (General George Patton, Genghis Khan standing before their troops???) otherwise the supposed leader loses all respect – maybe, in the case of Genghis Khan, his life. If you don’t understand that Obama has lost the respect of most, if not all, of the world’s leaders you just haven’t being paying attention. Here below (the Guantanamo promise) is just one example of Obama’s failure.The bold type in the body of the essay is mine. If I had been in Obama’s shoes I could have - would have - closed Guantanamo before Congress even had time to take a deep breath. Click on the web address in order to read the entire article:


Obama announces changes to Guantanamo detention policy

Updated: Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 | By Robert Farley

On March 7, 2011, President Barack Obama signed an executive order making a number of changes to policies regarding those detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In a reversal of his previous policy, the order resumes military trials for Gitmo detainees. It also establishes a "periodic review" process for for long-held Guantanamo detainees who have not been charged, convicted or designated for transfer, "but must continue to be detained because they 'in effect, remain at war with the United States,'" according to a White House fact-sheet.

The new policy was viewed by many media outlets as an acknowledgment by the administration that it could not keep Obama's campaign promise to close the Guantanamo facility.

The lede of a Washington Post story said the president's executive order "will create a formal system of indefinite detention for those held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who continue to pose a significant threat to national security" and that the executive order "all but cements Guantanamo Bay's continuing role in U.S. counterterrorism policy."

The New York Times, meanwhile, said that while the order permits military trials to resume, it is also "implicitly admitting the failure of his pledge to close the prison camp."

And ABC News, said the order "sends mixed signals about the future of the controversial detention center and the president's own standing on the issue, experts say."

Although Obama did not mention the fate of Guantanamo in his brief released statement, the accompanying fact-sheet released by the White House maintains that the administration "remains committed to closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay" and makes the case that the policy changes are "in keeping with" the president's long-term strategy toward that end.

But civil rights groups quickly denounced Obama's order as an admission that he has turned his back on his campaign promise.

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Caleb 5 years 26 weeks ago

"The perfect is the enemy of the good."

And sometimes trolls stir people up to turn them against their leaders. I'm not saying you are a troll, but I am saying that in this reallest of all possible worlds, having impossibly high standards for our candidates all of the time is ridiculous. I remember Maureen Dowd criticizing Al Gore in the final days of the 2000 election for his choice of earth town colors and his boring presentation.

So how did Bush work out for those who were influenced by Dowd's snarkiness?

You criticize Obama for what you perceive as broken promises -- but, as has been noted above, I think -- the Senate was full tilt boogie against him almost all of the time, and some of the Dems are just Republicans in Dem clothing (e.g., Lieberman, Ben Nelson).

There is no Republican national figure leader that would be a better choice than Obama, for a whole host of reason.

Do you have a Republican figure in mind? If so, suggest it.



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express 5 years 26 weeks ago

Caleb, your attributions are incorrect. These are not what I perceive as broken promises. They are what, as noted in an earlier response, the prestigious organization Politifact.org determined to be Obama's broken promises. I gave the address of their web page. You might consider spending some time there.

Perhaps you noticed that, in another post, I asked if anyone could help start up a "Draft Elizabeth Warren" campaign. She is one of several Democrats who might - almost certainly would - better serve the public than Obama. Regretably, none of them has as yet challenged him.

I thought that Lieberman was an Independent.

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Bush_Wacker 5 years 26 weeks ago

You miss the point express. I think Elizabeth Warren would be a fantastic choice and I would vote for her in a heartbeat. I would hope that everyone would. The problem lies in the fact that she would not be able to get anything done either. The republican propoganda machine in step with the party of NO that is in control of this country along side with big $$ corporate America just will not let it happen.

Then you and I together would be trying to explain to the next person that Elizabeth was not completely to blame for a lack of keeping her promises. They won't believe us because Politifact.com will prove how worthless she was through what she promised vs. what she got done. They don't go into any detail as to why she failed, just that she failed.

Alberto Ceras 5 years 26 weeks ago

You're wrong, Bush_Wacker. Politifact.org goes into considerable detail. Maybe you haven't had the opportunity to visit the web page. Here once again is the address that Express gave just in case:


It isn't a question of whether or not Obama or Elizabeth Warren could get anything done. The issue that Express raised is that Obama made promises and then broke them. I think if you read all the posts and comments carefully we could have a much more meaningful discussion.

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express 5 years 26 weeks ago

The Washington Post, The New York Times, ABC, many media outlets, and civil rights groups all concur in that Obama made promises and then didn't keep them. As Alberto says if we're to engage in a meaningful discussion it's important to read Politifact.com's web pages as well as my original post - and the comments to it - very carefully. It means, at the very least, opening Politifact's web page and then clicking on "more" in order to understand why Obama received its qualification of "promises broken."

Thanks, Alberto, for your comment.

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Bush_Wacker 5 years 26 weeks ago

Repeal the Bush tax cuts. I remember it very well. When they were set to expire the Republican held house said if you don't extend the Bush tax cuts we are going to raise taxes on the poor and the middle class. If you don't extend the Bush tax cuts we are not going to extend unemployment benefits for millions of Americans. The political thing to do would have been to hold his ground and force the Republicans to raise taxes and cut off unemployment benefits. This is what I wanted him to do. This is what most of the Democrats in congress wanted him to do. Instead he gave in for the needs of the many. My point being there's more to the story than promises broken.

Alberto Ceras 5 years 26 weeks ago

Yes, Bush_Wacker, there's lots more to the story. Obama is a phony, a sick joke. The U.S. seems certain to have exactly the president that it deserves for another four years. Obama, by his failure to embody the dignity and decorum that the office requires and that the nation has a right to expect, has created the ambiance that set the stage for the recent Cartagena scandals - prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents and military officials (while on duty) coupled with Hillary's thoughtless and inappropriate dancing and beer drinking.

From an editorial on the GSA, Secret Service and Hillary dustups:


This is the kind of stuff that makes Americans increasingly disgusted with their government. So far President Obama hasn't said a lot about any of this. Maybe it's time he did.

Here’s my question to you: In light of the Secret Service and GSA scandals, who is minding the store?

Alberto Ceras 5 years 26 weeks ago

One of the most obvious indications of decline in the U.S.A. is the fact that its citizens not only accept and tolerate the devious, disreputable, deceitful practices of their politicians but that they go so far as to defend them.

Everyone must have heard the old story about the mule and the 2X4. I don’t have a virtual 2X4 with which to whack upside the head every stupid person in the U.S. I wish I did. The most anyone can do is present the truth and hope that someone, somewhere, will understand it, accept it and pass it along.

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Caleb 5 years 26 weeks ago

Check out Rachel Maddow's criticism of Politifact.com at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/26/rachel-maddow-politifact-fired_...

I have watched her repeatedly point out excesses of Politifact and do not necessarily hold them in high esteem.

But my point is still the same -- the pefect is the enemy of the good. Is Obama perfect? Asbolutely not, but I am not expecting him to totally perfect. The world of politics would chew him up and spit him out for many of the views that he correctly holds, I believe.

On the other hand, compare him to Romney or any other candidate who is in the running for president. Do I think Elizabeth Warren would make a great president? You bet I do. Her heart and head and committment are all in the riight place. She is absolutely wonderful.

Can she run for president in these elections? Of course not. And if she had half a chance and chose to do it, it might well doom obama, even more greviously harm the SCOTUS, etc. Kennedy ran against Carter in '80 and that greatly harmed his chances of success. That's one of the reasons why a variety of Republican groups wanted to run Nader against Obama, to weaken him.

The two choices are these -- Obama or Romney. And I know which one I want to win, Obama.



Alberto Ceras 5 years 26 weeks ago

Justice Under Obama. From today’s Democracy Now:


Chinese Prisoners Freed from Guantanamo 3 Years After Judge Demanded Release

Two Chinese Muslim prisoners have been freed from Guantánamo Bay after close to a decade behind bars without charge. The prisoners were among a group of ethnic Uyghurs ordered immediately released in 2008 after a judge ruled they were not "enemy combatants." But they languished in prison because both the Bush and Obama administrations refused to resettle them in the United States and plans for repatriation in other countries fell through. At least three Ugyhurs still remain at Guantánamo, despite the order for their release. The two freed prisoners will be resettled in El Salvador. Their release marks the first prison transfer out of Guantánamo Bay in more than a year.

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express 5 years 25 weeks ago

No to Obama, yes to a solid, democratically controlled Congress.

The latest Obama gift: Obama's sending surveillance drones to fly over the U.S. They'll first only spy on you but the way things are going they may soon be armed and capable of blasting you and your family to smitireens for the slightest criticism of the great Obama's rule.

My advice? Cash in, get the hell out, move to New Zealand while you still can.

Alberto Ceras 5 years 25 weeks ago

Well, I did exactly that, but not to New Zealand. Never a regret.

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