President Obama has record of lies, hypocrisy

Nov. 2, 2012 at 6:02 a.m.

Steve Fiedler, owner of ACU-TUNE auto service.

Steve Fiedler, owner of ACU-TUNE auto service.   Frank Tilley for The Victoria Advocate

Before an election, we try to ascertain what an incumbent's challenger might do if elected to office. We base that on his known history, his promises, where he stands on relevant issues and his character. With the incumbent, we have his actual history while in office to examine. With Obama, we can examine his actual record.

Obama took office with a promise to run the most transparent administration in history. The Washington Times says of transparency regarding the health care bill: "Three times last week, White House officials went to Capitol Hill to meet in closed sessions with top Senate Democrats. They left with not much more than a 'we're making progress'-type comment to the reporters outside. It's not exactly the level of transparency that President Obama promised during the campaign."

Obama remarked on Aug. 23, 2008, that he and Joe Biden will "turn the page on the ugly partisanship in Washington, so we can bring Democrats and Republicans together to pass an agenda that works for the American people." Even a casual observer of the governing process in Washington can see out-of-control partisanship, led by Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

On Sept. 12, 2008, Obama promised: "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." The Supreme Court upheld constitutionality of the health care bill by deeming it a tax bill. Forbes wrote: "By ruling that Obamacare is constitutional, the Supreme Court has set in motion a slew of tax hikes. Well, someone has to pay for it. For rich folks, looming big is the 3.8 percent Medicare surtax on investment income and the 0.9 percent Medicare payroll tax hike (from 1.45 percent to 2.35 percent). And then there are the tax hikes for everybody else." Obama's pledge against any form of tax increase on Americans making less than $250,000 a year "was thrown out the window" when he signed the health care law, says John Kartch, with Americans For Tax Reform.

On Feb. 23, 2009, Obama said "Today I am pledging to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office ... It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we've long neglected. That means taking responsibility right now, in this administration, for getting our spending under control." He then rammed through Congress a stimulus bill and later the health care bill. Now on his watch "he has racked up the three largest deficits in history" says The Hill's On the Money.

Obama claimed to be a unifier. On Nov. 6, 2008, he said, "In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people." Yet in practice, he pits rich against poor, achievers against non-achievers, tax payers against tax users. He is arguably America's most divisive president.

That Obama and his administration obfuscate, spin and lie is demonstrated by their handling of the recent attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya. The world saw television reports of this planned terrorist attack, yet the administration for days touted an anti-Islamic video as the cause of a mob riot. Obama was asked about the Benghazi attack on "David Letterman." He said, "Here's what happened," and began discussing the impact of the anti-Muslim video. He then said, "Extremists and terrorists used this as an excuse to attack a variety of our embassies, including the consulate in Libya." He also said, "As offensive as this video was and, obviously, we've denounced it and the United States government had nothing to do with it. That's never an excuse for violence." White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was later asked why the president has not called the Benghazi incident a "terrorist attack." He said, "The president - our position is, as reflected by the NCTC director, that it was a terrorist attack. It is, I think by definition, a terrorist attack when there is a prolonged assault on an embassy with weapons. . So, let's be clear, it was a terrorist attack, and it was an inexcusable attack." If that is Obama's definition of a terrorist attack, it was clear from the first television reports that the attack was prolonged and with weapons. It did not take 16 days to come to that conclusion.

If Romney is elected, time will tell about his performance. Obama's performance is under the microscope of history. He and his administration have proven to be the stuff of unkept promises, lies and hypocrisy.

Steve Fiedler is self-employed in the auto repair business in Victoria. He is a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, where he leads a Sunday Bible study class.



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