Obama Already Having “Read my lips” Moment Over Broken Promises

In the 1992 Presidential campaign, candidate Bill Clinton mercilessly hammered President George H.W. Bush over his “broken promise.”  Bush had once famously said in a State of the Union, “Read my lips.  No new taxes,” only to be forced to raise taxes by a Democrat-controlled Congress.

No single thing was more costly to Bush than his “broken promise.”

Well, Barack Obama is breaking a major promise before even being inaugurated.  And an “I told you so” is fully warranted.

On the campaign trail, Barack Obama repeatedly promised a 3,000 tax credit for American businesses hiring new full-time employees.

But promises only matter when Republicans make them.

As The Hill points out, it’s Obama’s fellow Democrats killing Obama’s promise.  Doesn’t that make the “broken promise” even worse?

Several Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee voiced skepticism Thursday of President-elect Obama’s proposal to give employers a $3,000 tax credit for every new worker hired.

“I don’t think it works,” said Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), a member of the Finance panel and chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. “I don’t think it will give much lift to the economy.

“If someone offers you several thousands of dollars in tax credits when your product is not selling, are you going to hire someone?” Conrad asked rhetorically.

In any event, Obama’s promise is now officially as broken as cheap glass after a big fall on pavement.

Bowing to widespread Democratic skepticism, President-elect Barack Obama will drop his bid to include a business tax break he once touted in the economic stimulus bill now taking shape on Capitol Hill, aides said last night.

Obama suggested the $3,000-per-job credit last week as one of five individual and business tax incentives aimed at winning Republican support. He proposed $300 billion in tax relief in a bill that could reach $775 billion, and he resurrected the jobs-credit proposal from the campaign trail as one of his main provisions.

Maybe the media isn’t holding it against Obama because he didn’t use the magic words, “Read my lips.”  All Obama said was, “I will give.”  Maybe that’s what accounts for the difference in treatment?

In a speech in which Barack Obama began by saying:

After decades of broken politics in Washington, eight years of failed policies from George Bush, and twenty-one months of a campaign that has taken us from the rocky coast of Maine to the sunshine of California, we are five days away from change in America.

Obama promises:

I will give American businesses a $3,000 tax credit for every job they create right here in the United States of America

Oh, well.  Broken politics and broken promises are here to stay under Barack Obama and the Democrats (you know, the same Democrats who vowed not to allow Blagojevich-appointee Roland Burris to fill Obama’s vacant Senate seat, only to rub their noses in their own feces rather than call for a special election a Republican might win?).

Obama is about to break another promise as well: he promised that his administration would transcend partisan politics.  But he won’t.  He’ll either cave in to Democratic partisanship, or he’ll be forced to cave in.

Promises mean nothing to these people.  “Trust me” is merely a polite way of saying, “Screw you.”

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6 Responses to “Obama Already Having “Read my lips” Moment Over Broken Promises”

  1. Cecil Jones Says:

    This was not a very big promise as I recall. This was an add-on trying to get Republicans on board with his Bailout plan. It’s almost like a poison pill that Obama offered and had to swallow. Read My Lips, Obama promised to 1) End an endless war, 2) Accountability and 3) Equal Opportunity. Right now the only people getting what he promised are Clintonites. Bill Clinton practically has a “Pay for Play” shadow government in place. Donate to the King and Hillary will do her thing. Obama looks weak and ready to play ball…Basketball.

  2. Pozycjonowanie Warszawa Says:

    Obama suggested the $3,000-per-job credit last week as one of five individual and business tax incentives aimed at winning Republican support. He proposed $300 billion in tax relief in a bill that could reach $775 billion, and he resurrected the jobs-credit proposal from the campaign trail as one of his main provisions.

    Interesting opinion – thx.

  3. HL Says:

    Michael,
    The American Sentinel site does not come up. It says the account is suspended. Do you know what is up with that?

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    HL,
    We had a sudden amazingly high capacity overload. Our primary guy (Paul Z) realized there were massive flaws/failures in the host. He doesn’t think he can fix the problem. We might be done for.

    Several of the writers have said they’d like to continue, but there would be unknown costs associated with having a professional look into transferring the site, as well as ongoing professional hosting services.

    We don’t know what we’ll do yet. And it will probably take us a little while to figure it out (and do it, if we actually do anything but go the way of the dinosaur.

    But in the meantime, HL, you’ve still got me right here at Startthinkingright to kick around.

  5. Michael Eden Says:

    Just to make sure the record is correct,

    Obama was on the campaign trail for MONTHS making this promise of the $3,000 per-job business tax credit. It was most certainly not something that he just proposed last week. You seem to understand this, but just wanted to set that straight. It amounts to as broken of a promise as Bush I’s savagely attacked “Read my lips” promise.

    I expect Obama’s already $850 billion plan to balloon to well over a trillion by the time it’s passed.

    The late great USA. It was good while it lasted. This debt is going to destroy us within a few years.

  6. Michael Eden Says:

    Obama made this promise all over the campaign trail for months. The $3000-per-job credit predates the economic meltdown (AND postdates) the economic meltdown in October and had nothing to do with the Republicans.

    It was frankly an idiotic idea from the get go. Too bad we elected the idiot who believed such an idiotic and unworkable scheme. The man knows nothing about anything that matters beyond creating a cult of personality.

    As for the “endless war” thing, Bush by courageously implementing the surge – and winning the war in Iraq – made it possible for Obama to leave in the mentioned timetable. Had Democrats’ ideas won, we would have withdrawn in abject defeat, and left a hole for terrorists to fill.

    And, yeah, “change” is now understood to mean, “Let’s change backward.” Only Clinton pledged, “The era of big government is over,” while Obama reverses that to mean, “You haven’t SEEN big government yet!”

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