1001 Reasons to Vote Against Barack Obama: Liar, Liar Edition

By | June 6, 2012

  1. Candidate Obama claimed in a debate against Hillary Clinton that the main difference between their approaches to healthcare is that she believed in forcing people to buy health insurance, while he thought the main issue was affordability. President Obama inked the individual mandate into law on March 23, 2010.
  2. In 2008, Obama claimed in a nationally televised debate: “I never said that we should try to go ahead and get single-payer.” Barack Obama said in 2003 to the AFL/CIO: “I happen to be a proponent of single-payer universal healthcare coverage. That’s what I’d like to see.”
  3. Obama stated that he would not be a “tax-and-spend liberal” who would blow taxpayer money on “pork barrel” projects. The unbelievably pork-chocked “stimulus” bill had only an estimated $90 billion for priority projects, the rest being literally billions in wasteful pork.
  4. Famously, the Obama administration sold the stimulus plan 2009 as a jobs creator that would keep unemployment below 8%. We’re all still waiting…
  5. The Obama administration repeatedly made the mind-boggling claim that it had “created or saved” thousands of jobs. But even the AP confessed that the created/saved numbers being put out were seriously “exaggerated.”
  6. By mid-2012, the Obama administration projected unemployment to be well below 6% and approaching Bush norm levels (5.26%). The unemployment rate is 8.2% and if you factor in discouraged workers, it is more around 8.7%.
  7. The General Solicitor argued before the Supreme Court that the individual mandate penalty is a tax. Of course, the argument was shot down.
  8. Before the Democrats crammed Obamacare down the American public’s throats, Obama repeated the whopper, “We will keep this promise… let me be clear: If you like your doctor or healthcare provider, you an keep them. If you like your health care plan, you can keep that too.” As area expert Betty McCaughy, PhD. points out, most Americans (exempting the politicians, who opted out) will be forced into a one-size-fits-all plan to be dictated by the federal government in 2014.
  9. Obama lied no less than eight times about his pledge to broadcast the healthcare bill negotiations on C-SPAN.
  10. The president claimed, “”We agree on reforms that will finally reduce the costs of health care. Families will save on their premiums…” Insurance companies subsequently raised their rates, citing the new healthcare regulations as the prime driver.
  11. Obama once fibbed, “We’ve got to spend some money now to pull us out of this recession. But as soon as we’re out of this recession, we’ve got to get serious about starting to live within our means, instead of leaving debt for our children and our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren.” Haven’t we been in a “jobless recovery” since 2010?
  12. Before Obama signed the stimulus bill into law, he claimed it would lead to 2.5 million “shovel-ready” jobs. Of course, he realized later that this was off-base.
  13. As reported by Politico, the Obama administration promised that lobbyists “won’t find a job in my administration.” The article cited went on to list several major administration officials with lobbyist backgrounds, including Eric Holder, Tom Vilsack, Cecilia Munoz, and Patrick Gaspard.
  14. While on the campaign trail, Obama said, “We need tougher border security, and a renewed focus on busting up gangs and traffickers crossing our border. . . . That begins at home, with comprehensive immigration reform. That means securing our border and passing tough employer enforcement laws.” Obama subsequently shut down the virtual fence program and attacked Arizona for attempting to implement immigration enforcement laws.
  15. The president promised his housing plan would prevent between seven and nine million foreclosures. Yet only one in four mortgage holders saw their payments decrease under “HAMP” and the departing inspector general Neil Barofsky said the program fell far short of success.
  16. The administration said that the stimulus plan would create good jobs and that they wouldn’t be shipped overseas. ABC News reported that eight of every ten “green stimulus” dollars went to foreign firms.
  17. Promisedthat his plan to try to help struggling homeowners “will not rescue the unscrupulous or irresponsible by throwing good taxpayer money after bad loans. It will not help speculators.” Yet that’s precisely what Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac did when it provided assistance to second home and investment property mortgage holders.
  18. The president claimed that a Caterpillar plant would be able to rehire some of the 2,400 workers it laid off. Jim Owens, the CEO of Caterpillar, denied the claim and asserted that there would be more layoffs before any rehires. Of any rehires Caterpillar has made since then, the Huffington Postadmits that the company hires more abroad than it does in the U.S..
  19. On the campaign trail Obama said that a top priority would be signing the pro-abortion Freedom of Choice Act. After getting elected, the legislation faded into the woodwork.
  20. While campaigning for president, Obama promised that all Americans would have five days to see any legislation before he signed it. Obviously, this was a joke.
  21. In January 2006, Obama tells Tim Russert that he would “absolutely”  serve out his six-year Senate term and would not run for president in 2008.
  22. Obama tells a Selma, Alabama audience that he had been conceived because his parents were inspired by the “Bloody Sunday” incident at a Selma, Alabama march. That happened in 1965. Obama was born in 1961.
  23. In January 2007, the Obama campaign issued a statement that said that Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ in Chicago. An LA Timesarticle (original removed) later showed that he had spent time in a Muslim school and witnesses testify that he had participated in Friday prayers.
  24. Obama said, “I’m not running because I’m trying to fulfill some long-held plan.” Obama’s teacher in 1970 remembers that he wrote an essay titled, ‘I Want To Become President,’” the teacher said.
  25. As ABC News reported, Obama broke his promise and opted out of public financing for his general election campaign.
  26. Candidate Obama claimed in a debate that his father served in World War II. His father was nine years old when hostilities ended.
  27. As Senator, Obama decried recess appointments as less credible than normal appointments. As he made recess appointments (when the Senate was not actually in recess), he implied that he was acting in the interest of the American people by going around the Constitution.
  28. When he didn’t get his agenda through when the Republican House was elected in 2010, Obama complained about a “do-nothing” GOP-obstructionist Congress. Actually, many of the bills the Republicans tried to pass, including a budget (mandated by U.S. law to pass), were held up intentionally in the Senate by Harry Reid.
  29. As noted above, President Obama promised to close Guantanamo Bay, but didn’t. Yet he actually gave a date, January 22, 2010. On  November 19, 2009 the administration forsook this goal.
  30. After the stimulus bill was passed, the administration made the following statement: “We will launch a sweeping effort to root out waste, inefficiency, and unnecessary spending in our government, and every American will be able to see how and where we spend taxpayer dollars by going to a new website called recovery.gov.” As Jim Geraghty of NRO pointed out, the website doesn’t even have a search feature and cost taxpayers $84 million.
  31. President Obama once registered his opposition to a Columbian free trade deal while posturing about the extra-juridical violence in the drug-ridden nation. Later, when signaling that his administration was interested in inking a free trade deal with Columbia, there was narry a word about the continuing violence there.
  32. Barack Obama broke a campaign pledge to the Armenian-American community to officially call the 1915 massacre of Armenians a “genocide.”
  33. As Jim Geraghty also noted, the Obama administration said it had no plans to renegotiate NAFTA or to revise its labor and environmental provisions, as candidate Obama had assured future voters.
  34. As Human Eventsrelayed, during the debt ceiling debate President Obama claimed 80% of Americans supported including higher taxes as part of the deal.  But a Rasmussen poll taken the same week showed only 34% believed a tax hike should be included in such an agreement.
  35. The same article revealed another lie: “During his presidential campaign, Obama said that his mother died of cancer after being denied coverage for a preexisting condition.  He used her image in a campaign ad, repeated the claim in debates, and used the same rhetoric as President when he tried to sell ObamaCare to the American people.  But a new book by New York Times reporter Janny Scott says that Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, had health insurance through her employer and was only denied disability insurance.”
  36. Another tidbit: “During his 2010 State of the Union address, and again during the 2010 midterm elections, Obama railed against foreign money influencing U.S. elections.” Researchers have tied Obama to foreign campaign contributions, allegedly even from the Middle East. Regardless, Obama’s claims were not substantiated, let alone quantified.
  37. Again, from Human Events, a real whopper: “During the battle over Arizona’s immigration law, President Obama said:  ‘Now suddenly if you don’t have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you can be harassed, that’s something that could potentially happen.’ ”  But the law directed law enforcement officials to ask about immigration status only if there is suspicion of a crime being committed.
  38. When on the campaign trail, Obama promised to protect Medicare from cuts. Yet the Obamacare bill infamously implies $500 billion slashed from Medicare.
  39. While selling the stimulus soap, Obama stated with a straight face that 90% of the jobs t0 be created by the stimulus would come from the private sector. And yet an October 2009 analysis showed that state public sectors benefited the most from the stimulus.
  40. The newly elected Obama once laughably pitched that the “green energy economy” (whatever that is) could create five million jobs, even if that meant spending $150 billion.
  41. Anecdotally, the above calculation would come to $30,000 a job. By comparison, estimates of the job creation of the stimulus program are in the range of half a million to $4.1 million a job.
  42. The Obama administration once ridiculously claimed that unemployment payments create jobs. “The framework agreement extended unemployment benefits at their current level for 13 months, through the end of 2011.  … According to the Council of Economic Advisers, passing this provision will create 600,000 jobs in 2011 alone.” Obviously, there is no “multiplier effect” if the first link in the economic chain is taking something out of the system for nothing.
  43. Obama criticized Bush’s deficits and promised to stop deficit spending if elected. But he quadrupled the size of the deficit and there’s no sign in sight of him relenting on his unchecked spending.
  44. When campaigning Obama criticized bills that were too long to read and promised to put a stop to it. But many of the bills he has been signing into law are monstrosities of up to 2000+ pages.
  45. Obama told Congress that the health bill he supported (before the Stupak amendment) would not provide public funding for abortions. After “blue dog” Democrats threatened to revolt, language was included supposedly preventing public funding for abortions. The Senate bill would contain no explicit language against funding abortions, however.
  46. On the campaign trail, Obama promised bipartisanship. But infamously, Obama’s Democrat allies shut Republicans out of all major meetings on the Obamacare law, with the result that the behemoth bill got not a single GOP vote.
  47. As a candidate for president, Barack Obama promised to end taxation for seniors making less than $50,000. Even Politifact conceded this was a “promise broken.”
  48. While campaigning, Obama criticized his opponent’s plan to tax employer-paid healthcare benefits, and promised he would not tax them. Of course, Obamacare does.
  49. Barack Obama promised businesses a $3,000 refundable tax credit for each full-time employee hired. While Politifact rates this a “compromise,” the truth is that the business credits disbursed were not refundable.
  50. The Obama administration pledged to allow people to withdraw between $10,000 and $15,000 without penalty. This pledge was eventually abandoned.
  51. On the campaign trail, Obama promised college kids a $4,000 tax credit. It turns out that in 2012, the American Opportunity Credit is only $2,500.
  52. Obama promised  he would not sign a healthcare bill version that would add one dime to the federal deficit. Obviously, the passed Obamacare bill blows that claim out the water.
  53. The president showed that his heated rhetoric about passing the stimulus bill to avoid an economic catastrophe was shameless guff when he took off on a swanky Valentine’s Day vacation in Chicago for the weekend instead of immediately signing the stimulus bill.
  54. Obama did not condemn Congress for its secretive closed-door committee meetings when drafting the stimulus package despite promises of greater transparency in Washington.
  55. He claimed, “If you actually took the number of Muslims [sic] Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.” For a relatively populous nation, we still rank upwards of thirtieth in the world.
  56. President Obama extends and increases the federal funds for faith-based organizations slammed by Democrats during the Bush administration.
  57. Despite saying “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times… and then just expect that every country is going to say okay,” it was later discovered that Obama cranks the thermostat in the Oval Office.
  58. As the American economy ground to a halt, in part due to “skyrocketing” gas prices, Obama once risibly suggested that one way to move off of foreign oil and to prevent drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf was to… properly inflate one’s car tires. An ABC Newsanalysis shows that this may plausibly save about half the possible oil that could be extracted from the OCS if Americans’ cars ran ideally.
  59. Obama once ostentatiously exhorted his Cabinet to trim $100 million from the federal budget. That’s 0.0032% of the $3.1 trillion budget in FY 2009.
  60. Barack Obama once filled out a political survey showing he had relatively extreme views on everything from abortion to gun control. After he dissembled that an aide had filled it out for him, a handwriting analysis confirmed that it most certainly was Obama who filled it out.
  61. Obama once claimed that his jobs bill was “paid for.” The AP showed not so much.
  62. The president said that the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United “open[ed] the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections. Well, I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities.” But there are still restrictions on corporate contributions, including foreign contributions.
  63. Obama says that because of his new CAFE standards for cars and trucks he would save a typical family about $8,000 a year in gas costs. Actually, this is mathematically impossible.
  64. Obama claimed that the ‘border fence’ was basically complete when it was only 5% finished. Maybe what he meant was that was as much as was going to be completed?
  65. President Obama shamelessly asserted that doctors are going around amputating people’s legs to turn a profit, and removing tonsils to turn a buck. Even ABC News couldn’t go along with that leftist bilge.
  66. During his 2008 campaign, Obama said unconvicted and unrepentant terrorist William Ayers was “a guy who lives in my neighborhood,” but “not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.” Not only did Ayers jokingly confirm he launched Obama’s political career from his living room, but evidence has surfaced that Obama attended a local BBQ with Ayers in July 2005. This is in addition to both of them sitting on the same boards.
  67. During the 2008 campaign, Obama made an outright lie. On national television, Obama said that “100 percent” of McCain’s ads had been negative. Not even close. McCain’s ads were about 73% negative, and Obama’s were about 61%.
  68. President Obama broke his promise to increase the minimum wage to $9.50.
  69. Before becoming president, Obama voted “present” around 130 times. The NY Timesclaimed this was ‘not unusual’ in Illinois state politics, questionably enough; but was right to point out that this was at odds with his posturing as a tough and decisive leader.
  70. During the primary season, Obama fallaciously claims he won Michigan. Wrong, no you didn’t.
  71. Showing this was no fluke slip of the tongue, he also said he won the Nevada primary.
  72. In 2010, Obama said before the mid-term elections, “”Some Republican leaders in Congress” are “pushing to make privatizing Social Security a key part of their legislative agenda if they win a majority in Congress this fall.” One guy, Paul Ryan, could be argued to have proposed partially privatizing Social Security, though he denied this is even an accurate way to put “personal retirement accounts” held by and managed through the government.
  73. Michelle Obama told a Wisconsin audience that “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country, because it feels like hope is making a comeback… not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.” Barack Obama later said those comments were taken out of context, even though Michelle Obama herself provided context for her own comment.
  74. Obama once claimed segregation was “the law of the land” in the fifties in sixties, although it was law in only a minority of states.
  75. The president said that if the Supreme Court throws out the federal health care law, it “would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.” Since the Constitutional law lecturer should know that judicial review has been used before, even Politifact scored this one as “false.”
  76. President Barack Obama said American manufacturers are creating new jobs for the first time since 1990. This was also rated untrue by the lenient Politifact.
  77. Another claim: “Preventive care … saves money, for families, for businesses, for government, for everybody.” Also untrue.
  78. In 2011, Obama said, “Thirty million Americans, including a lot of people in Florida, are going to be able to get healthcare next year because of that law.” The law was not even set to take effect in 2012.
  79. At a late October fundraiser, President Obama claimed, “I made a bunch of these promises during the campaign. … We’ve got about 60 percent done in three years.” Politifact finds this ‘false‘ as well, because something that is in the works is not done.
  80. President Barack Obama claimed the United States has “doubled our exports.” Again, not true.
  81. The president claimed that his proposed budget “will help reduce the deficit by $400 billion over the next decade to the lowest level since Dwight Eisenhower was president.” Nu-uh. Not even close.
  82. Obama claimed in 2011 that under the White House’s budget proposal, “we will not be adding more to the national debt” by the middle of the decade. Wrongo. (Again, according to the left-leaning Politifact.)
  83. When talking about Obamacare, the president said, “Insurers delayed an Illinois man’s treatment, and he died because of it.” The insurer’s decision was reversed and the man lived three more years.
  84. In an interview on Super Bowl Sunday 2011, he said, “I didn’t raise taxes once.” Um, yes you did.
  85. In a truly ridiculous statement, he uttered that when FDR started Social Security… “it only affected widows and orphans,” and when Medicare began, “it was a small program.” Yeah, not exactly.
  86. As Politifact reported, another false statement by Obama was that the Bush administration had been “giving (auto companies) billions of dollars and just asking nothing in return.”
  87. A big-time lie from Obama was that “”The vast majority of the money I got was from small donors all across the country.” Sorry, you were backed by Wall Street and a number of industries.
  88. Obama also claimed there were “no earmarks” in the pork-bloated stimulus bill. Yes, there were.
  89. He claimed that his healthcare bill will “give every American the same opportunity” to buy health insurance the way members of Congress do. Come on. Everyone knows Congress exempted itself from Obamacare.
  90. “If we went back to the obesity rates that existed back in the 1980s, the Medicare system over several years could save as much as a trillion dollars.” Say, what?
  91. In July 2009, Obama claimed that health insurance companies are “making record profits, right now.” They were not making “record profits.” In fact, profits tended to be down from 2006-7.
  92. Also falsely stated that “We import more oil today than ever before.”
  93. In 2008, Obama made the absurd statement, “”Oil companies …currently have 68-million acres that they’re not using.” Would that be because of the miles of green tape between them and working such land?
  94. Said in 2008 that “The fact is that although we have had a president who is opposed to abortion over the last eight years, abortions have not gone down.” But they have gone down.
  95. Said that the U.S. government spends less on energy innovation “than the pet food industry invests in its own products.” You lie like a dog.
  96. Also said, “”Our National Guard, as we saw in the Midwest flooding, can’t function as effectively as it could. I was talking to National Guard representatives. Fifteen of their 17 helicopters in this region were overseas during the flooding.” An audit shows there was no shortage of helicopters available.
  97. Obama was caught in a fib that “I have never said that I don’t wear flag pins or refuse to wear flag pins.” Our assuredly patriotic president did say he won’t wear them, while criticizing some people who wore them and were “not acting very patriotic.” He also defined “true patriotism” as “speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security.” How compelling.
  98. Candidate Obama once claimed that strong Republican contenders in 2012 wanted to cut foreign aid to other countries, including Israel, to zero. Politifact rated this lie as “pants on fire” worthy.
  99. Obama claimed in his infamous Osawatomie speech that “Some billionaires have a tax rate as low as 1 percent.” This is also wrong.
  100. President Obama pledged “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” From Obamacare to the GM bailouts to his recess appointments  to his unconfirmed “czars” to countless other petty indiscretions, this president has routinely flaunted the Constitution.

This is seventh in a ten part series. Continued here…

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2 thoughts on “1001 Reasons to Vote Against Barack Obama: Liar, Liar Edition

  1. Homer

    Man…IF all I got from a failed presidency such as this: being known as a liar, I’d hang my head in SHAME! I forgot you have to have moral fiber to have shame! The man is beyond past feeling, you know that feeling when nothing matters but you!!

  2. Homer

    This man has shown himself to be a philosopher: you know, the Naturalist, and an Idealist, and a Pragmatist all rolled into one! That’s a Communist isn’t it? Sure it is: tell people what they want to hear, tell them what you want them to hear, and change their mind about you, and live as much as you can on other peoples money and live it up until it is what you want1 have everyone elses hard earned labor make your life just great, and CERTAINLY, laugh and smile and be curteous and make people feel you are so special and NEVER ever tell the truth, especially when you DON’t know the TRUTH! (the man couldn’t find the truth any more than he could find a bowling ball in a bathtub w/blinders on!! Yeah that’s Obama and he has stayed the course of corruption justa as he said he would!

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