Saturday, February 28, 2009

What's the over-under on the number of empty Obama promises during a typical pre-election speech?

In the midst of the financial crisis -- shortly before election day, 2008 -- Barack Obama delivered a speech on the economy in Lake Worth, Florida.

Can you guess how many tall tales Obama told during the course of his short speech?

The over-under is 8. Enter your guess here:

As for the policy presciptions that Obama promised?

The economic crisis we face is the worst since the Great Depression.

Lie. By any measure, that's a pile of fecal matter. The disastrous Jimmy Carter administration of the seventies presided over a much, much worse economy. Of course, Obama's catastrophic spending programs -- devoting billions to ACORN, trial lawyers and unions -- will further devastate an already fragile environment.

Nine months ago - back in January - I called for a stimulus plan to provide immediate relief for states, along with tax rebates to get money directly to middle class families and a foreclosure prevention fund to help them keep their homes. Senator McCain, on the other hand, insisted that the fundamentals of the economy were strong. And his advisors openly mocked the stimulus plan before Congress - one referred to it, and I quote, as "borrowing money from the Chinese and dropping it from helicopters."

Tax rebates? Lie.

I called for $25 billion to help states and local governments pay for services and avoid raising property taxes, because tax increases are the last thing our families need in an economy like this.

$25 billion? Lie. The first Stimulus bill sends $200 billion to the states, a handout to failed Democratic utopias like California, Michigan and New York.

I heard Senator McCain say that I'm more concerned with who gets your piece of the pie than with growing the pie.

Can't argue with that one.

I'll start by creating a new American Jobs tax credit for each new employee that companies hire here in the United States over the next two years.


I'll stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas and invest in companies that create good jobs right here in Florida.

Stupid idea and a lie to boot.

...I'll help small businesses get back on their feet by eliminating capital gains taxes...


...and giving them emergency loans to keep their doors open and hire workers.


...I've proposed $15 billion a year to create five million new green jobs over the next decade - jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced; jobs building solar panels and wind turbines and fuel-efficient cars; jobs that will help us end our dependence on oil from Middle East dictators.


That's why I'm running for President - to give them that chance and rebuild our economy and ensure that our children and grandchildren have the same opportunities that we had.

Lie. There's not a single instance -- in all of recorded history -- where a massive expansion of welfare, regulation and government bureaucracies helped an economy grow.

In fact, a more jaded individual would believe that Obama and his cohorts are intentionally destroying our currency, massively increasing the size of government and undermining our national security posture for nefarious purposes.

Postscript: If you guessed Over, you've won our little game. But, in truth, either answer means we've all lost.

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