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Associated Press: You Lie!!

Posted by TheJOTUS on January 28, 2010

The AP does a nice job notating that Obama’s kind of a liar.  They composed a list of 10 fails in last night’s SOTU.  Only 10 you might ask?  They must have gotten tired of his rambling and just plained tuned out.  Like my wife did about 3 minutes into the speech:

OBAMA: The president issued a populist broadside against lobbyists, saying they have “outsized influence” over the government. He said his administration has “excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs.” He also said it’s time to “require lobbyists to disclose each contact they make on behalf of a client with my administration or Congress” and “to put strict limits on the contributions that lobbyists give to candidates for federal office.”

THE FACTS: Obama has limited the hiring of lobbyists for administration jobs, but the ban isn’t absolute; seven waivers from the ban have been granted to White House officials alone. Getting lobbyists to report every contact they make with the federal government would be difficult at best; Congress would have to change the law, and that’s unlikely to happen. And lobbyists already are subject to strict limits on political giving. Just like every other American, they’re limited to giving $2,400 per election to federal candidates, with an overall ceiling of $115,500 every two years.

They note seven of these waivers were for White House posisitions, however Obama has hired over a dozen.  He called for restrictions on lobbyist contributions, but as the AP notes, those already exist.  But hey, details scmeetails right?

OBAMA: “I’ve called for a bipartisan fiscal commission, modeled on a proposal by Republican Judd Gregg and Democrat Kent Conrad. This can’t be one of those Washington gimmicks that lets us pretend we solved a problem. The commission will have to provide a specific set of solutions by a certain deadline. Yesterday, the Senate blocked a bill that would have created this commission. So I will issue an executive order that will allow us to go forward, because I refuse to pass this problem on to another generation of Americans.”

THE FACTS: Any commission that Obama creates would be a weak substitute for what he really wanted — a commission created by Congress that could force lawmakers to consider unpopular remedies to reduce the debt, including curbing politically sensitive entitlements like Social Security and Medicare. That idea crashed in the Senate this week, defeated by equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans. Any commission set up by Obama alone would lack authority to force its recommendations before Congress, and would stand almost no chance of success.

Note to Obama:  We already have a bipartisan committee dickbag.  It’s called the 535 members of Congress.  The voters elected them to solve budget problems and they meet every two years to address that very issue.  In fact, Mr. Constitutional Professor, Congress’ first task under the Constitution, Article I Section 8, is to approve a budget for the federal government.  We elect Representatives and Senators to do this with full accountability to their constituents.  Take a high school civics class Barry.

Moving forward with that, Obama keeps repeating over and over how he inherited huge budgetary problems from Bush.  But again, the worst Con Law professor evaaaah might want to brush up on his skilz.  The President doesn’t pass budgets, Congress does.  And the last three budgets came from the democrats.

In the six years Republicans held congress under George Bush, they increased federal spending $800 billion.  Yet in just three years, democrats have increased spending $900 billion.  Hello???  And during those last three years before becoming President, Obama served in the Senate.  And guess who voted for every single democratic budget?

Moreover, from the day Obama took office to the end of the current fiscal year, the debt held by the public will grow to $3.3 trillion. So in 20 months, Obama will add as much debt than what Bush did in 8 years.

What does this mean?  You. Lie.

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One Response to “Associated Press: You Lie!!”

  1. zulubuff said

    I like how they phrase it “waiver” as if that is less of an infraction of the rule. My wife issued a waiver for me to speed.

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