By Tom Quiner
This is part two of a discussion of Barack Obama’s trustworthiness compared to Newt Gingrich’s.
To my many liberal friends reading this, I’d like to explain my rationale for writing this post. As you know, I am a fan of Newt Gingrich. I think he would make a great president, and I plan to caucus for him on January 3rd.
I know you gently demur.
Newt Gingrich has been hammered in the press by liberals and conservatives alike this past month for his “baggage.” Fair enough. Goes with the territory when you run for president. But when one of my liberal friends said he couldn’t trust Newt Gingrich because he had been twice-divorced, I was prompted to post a blog earlier this week: “Do you really trust President Obama more than Newt Gingrich?”
I methodically revealed one broken promise after another from Mr. Obama. Unfortunately, that post was far from exhaustive. Since Mr. Obama did not receive the same scrutiny in the press as a Newt Gingrich or a Mitt Romney, I am compelled to build on the president’s lack of integrity on a number of additional issues.
One of candidate Obama’s broken promises was his adamant support of public financing of presidential campaigns:
“I have been a long-time advocate for public financing of campaigns combined with free television and radio time as a way to reduce the influence of moneyed special interests. I introduced public financing legislation in the Illinois State Senate, and am the only 2008 candidate to have sponsored Senator Russ Feingold’s (D- WI) bill to reform the presidential public financing system. In February 2007, I proposed a novel way to preserve the strength of the public financing system in the 2008 election. My plan requires both major party candidates to agree on a fundraising truce, return excess money from donors, and stay within the public financing system for the general election. My proposal followed announcements by some presidential candidates that they would forgo public financing so they could raise unlimited funds in the general election. The Federal Election Commission ruled the proposal legal, and Senator John McCain (r- AZ) has already pledged to accept this fundraising pledge. If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.”
When it came time to honor this campaign promise, Mr. Obama reneged, even as the McCain campaign honored their commitment to stick with public financing. The McCain campaign also denied that the Obama camp tried to discuss or even negotiate on this issue.
This is but one of countless pledges on which he brazenly reneged, and as always, with little outrage from the Mainstream Media.
Once president, Americans became alarmed at the shocking expansion of government spending and national debt implemented by the president and his party. President Obama spoke soothingly of his budget …
“What my budget does is…that by the middle of this decade our annual spending will match our annual revenues. We will not be adding more to the national debt.”
And yet, despite Mr. Obama’s point-blank denial that his budget was adding to the national debt, the budget released by the White House totally contradicted him with these projected deficits over the next decade:
- 2010: $1.293 trillion
- 2011: $1.645 trillion
- 2012: $1.101 trillion
- 2013: $768 billion
- 2014: $645 billion
- 2015: $607 billion
- 2016: $649 billion
- 2017: $627 billion
- 2018: $619 billion
- 2019: $681 billion
- 2020: $735 billion
When we look at the nation’s accumulated debt burden on Mr. Obama’s watch, the shocking numbers explain why the Tea Party was born:
- 2010: $9.019 trillion
- 2011: $10.856 trillion
- 2012: $11.881 trillion
- 2013: $12.784 trillion
- 2014: $13.562 trillion
- 2015: $14.301 trillion
- 2016: $15.064 trillion
- 2017: $15.795 trillion
- 2018: $16.513 trillion
- 2019: $17.284 trillion
- 2020: $18.103 trillion
To recap this and my previous post, Barack Obama promised to:
1. Provide healthcare for all. He didn’t. 22 million will remain uninsured under his watch.
2. Close Guantanamo. He didn’t. It’s still open. He stuck with the Bush approach.
3. End military tribunals. He didn’t. He stuck with the Bush approach.
4. Revise the Patriot Act. He didn’t. He stuck with the Bush approach.
5. End the Bush-era tax cuts for “the rich.” He didn’t. He stuck with the Bush approach.
6. Never sign a new piece of legislation, known as his “sunlight before signing” vow, until 5 days had passed. He’s broken this promise repeatedly, especially on mammoth pieces of legislation like Obamacare that required lots of sunlight time to be properly scrutinized.
7. Eliminate capital gains taxes for small businesses. He didn’t.
8. Never hire lobbyists in his administration. He broke the vow and hired lobbyists.
9. To stick with public campaign funding for his presidential bid in 2008. He didn’t honor his pledge. But John McCain did.
10. Not add to the national debt. He has, with a mind-boggling expansion of federal spending.
In fairness, not all campaign promises can be kept. Intentions are good, but politics get in the way. But most of the promises on which he reneged above were Mr. Obama’s choice.
It is these brazen betrayals that breed such cynicism amongst voters.
In light of Mr. Obama’s choice to consistently dishonor the moral underpinnings of his campaign, I respectfully suggest that Mr. Gingrich’s two divorces should be a minor consideration to independent voters.