I didn’t have time to put up a post before I left town, today, although I had my eye on several articles premised on the same theme; Obama’s lack of honesty, and trustworthiness. It’s a theme I’m very familiar with because I tried, (God knows I tried!) to warn people about it during the 2008 election.
His latest broken promise is of course; the pledge not to raise taxes on persons making less than $250,000. As if that wasn’t utterly predictable during the 2008 election. Many of us did predict it, but couldn’t prove it of course. What we could prove was that he had no problem saying whatever sounded good to any particular audience at any given time, the truth of which, apparently not a concern because so much of what he said was provably false. It should have raised more flags.
Victor David Hanson put his finger on why Obama’s particular brand of dishonesty is so egregious:
The problem with Obama’s new hedging on taxing those who make below $250,000, or his administration’s taking credit for victory in the Iraq War that they so once fervently tried to abort, or the flip-flop on renditions and tribunals, or the embarrassments over closing Guantanamo and trying KSM in New York or Mirandizing the Christmas Day bomber, or trashing/praising Wall Street grandees, is not that presidents cannot change their minds as circumstances warrant, or even that all politicians are at times hypocritical. No, the rub is that Obama is not merely flipping and triangulating on issues in a desperate attempt to shadow the polls, but he is doing so on matters that he once swore were absolutely central to his entire candidacy and his signature hope-and-change agenda, critical to the future of the U.S., and proof of his opponents’ either ignorance or disingenuousness.
I can only guess that he thinks the American public has too short a memory to notice; that they can be fooled forever and ever. But Lincoln’s famous quote comes to mind: You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
People are increasingly being not fooled.
Ed Driscoll walks us down that same path with “Four Years Is Enough, Huh?”.
Pundette mused on: Obama’s squandered credibility
And Michelle Malkin, as direct as ever: Read Obama’s lips: Don’t believe anything that passes his lips
iOWNTHEWORLD pile on: Obama Administration Summed Up in One Headline
It’s often been said that Obama’s promises have an expiration date. Every single one of them.
Well guess what? The general public’s trust in “The One” has expired, too.