Do you remember these campaign promises?
7 Broken Promises:
1. Make Government Open and Transparent
2. Make it “Impossible” for Congressmen to slip in Pork Barrel Projects
3. Meetings where laws are written will be more open to the public
4. No more secrecy
5. Public will have 5 days to look at a Bill
6. You’ll know what’s in it
7. We will put every pork barrel project online
Think honestly about the reasons why Barack Obama was “the right choice” for America… What were the reasons why a Democrat may have voted for him? What did the prior administration do wrong that Obama said he would fix and not repeat? Did he uphold his campaign promises? If a voting Democrat is honest with themself, that last question should be easy to answer. Look, it’s ok to admit that you made an error in judgment if you recognize where that mistake was and vow not to make it again.
“Fool me once, shame on you… Fool me twice, shame on me!”
It’s time for everyone to start thinking about what it is that really matters when selecting a president. You may be angry about what the current guy is doing, so you decide to vote the other way to put an end to the nonsense… only to find an even greater level of hypocrisy. That is why no one should vote based on heightened frustrations without thoroughly doing their homework on the candidate. Would a guy who has only 2 years seat time in the Senate be the right guy because he “speaks well”? Not really when you look into his history and find out how he has surrounded himself with corruption. Not really when the guy has hardly been an active legislator in the Senate, voting “present” rather than actually having a platform or taking a position on anything substantive.
Out of fairness… When it came down to the final two, both parties blew it. McCain was hardly an example of truly Republican-valued positions. He was hardly worthy of the moniker of RINO or even “moderate”… He was all over the place and looks more like a guy whose vote had a price tag attached to it.
With 2012 just around the corner, now is the time to start considering what really is important for the survival of our nation. Is it too soon to think about candidates for President? No, not really. At this time in 2006, a guy named Barack Obama had served only one year as a Senator and already he was being touted as the next likely candidate for the Democratic Party’s Presidential nomination. Those predictions were confirmed with his campaign officially being announced February of ’07. Prior to the confirmation of his Presidential aspirations, Obama had already proven that his agenda would fall on the pillars of bringing a speedy end to the Iraq War, increasing national energy independence, and providing universal health care. He had also promoted the legislation called Lugar-Obama Bill in 2007, which is clearly a precursor to the current legislation floating before Congress referred to as The New START Treaty. Another foreshadowing of what was to come was that he had favored lax immigration policies with the Secure America & Orderly Immigration Act, which now we see as the roots of the DREAM Act up for vote in Congress.
Some telling facts about Barack Obama, the Senator… from GovTrack:
Obama is somewhere between a leader and a follower. Obama sponsors others’ bills and other Members of Congress cosponsor Obama’s bills.
Barack Obama has sponsored 121 bills since Jan 24, 2005 of which 115 haven’t made it out of committee and 3 were successfully enacted. Obama has co-sponsored 506 bills during the same time period. (The count of enacted bills considers only bills actually sponsored by Obama and companion bills identified by CRS that were themselves enacted, but not if they were incorporated into other bills, as that information is not readily available.)
Let’s take a look at his voting record:
“Barack Obama missed 314 (24%) of 1,300 roll call votes since Jan 6, 2005”
The absentee rate is in red. The two thin black lines provide a context for understanding the significance of the absentee rate. The lower dotted line shows the median value for all Members of Congress in that time period. The upper dotted line shows the 90th percentile. A Member who approaches the upper dotted line is in the worst 10 percent of Congress.