Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Obama Claus

Partial list of campaign promises from Barry "Don't use my middle name" Obama:
(These are direct quotes from speeches during the campaign, and my comments in blue.)

  • "give a tax break to 95 percent of Americans who work every day and get taxes taken out of their paycheck every week";

    We'll see how this one plays out... (I'm curious what you're going to do for the folks who don't work every day and instead collect that nice fat EBT card every week.)

  • "eliminate income taxes on Social Security for seniors making under $50,000";

    Huh? Non-promise. Eliminate taxes on Social Security? WTF?

  • "give homeowners and working parents additional tax breaks";

    Does it count if the house is in foreclosure? And do I get an additional break for each house I have in foreclosure?

  • not increase taxes on anyone if they "make under $250,000; you will not see your taxes increase by a single dime –- not your income taxes, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains tax";

    I'll be holding my breath here...

  • "end those breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas";

    Which breaks are you talking about?

  • "give tax breaks to companies that invest right here in the United States";

    Invest? Invest how?

  • "eliminate capital gains taxes for small businesses and start-up companies that are the engine of job creation in this country";
    Small business and start-ups don't usually have to deal with capital gains... Usually they are barely eking out enough $ to pay their (few) employees.
  • "create two million new jobs by rebuilding our crumbling roads, and bridges, and schools -- by laying broadband lines to reach every corner of the country";

    So, let me get this right... You are going to make construction companies hire unskilled labor to build bridges, schools and lay fiber optic cables? You sure about this?

  • "invest $15 billion a year in renewable sources of energy to create five million new energy jobs over the next decade";

    Huh? 15 Billion a year, to create 5 million jobs over the next 10 years?
  • "reopen old factories, old plants, to build solar panels, and wind turbines";

    Lovely. Have you looked at the efficiency information of solar and wind? You'd have to cover every square foot of land (not just vacant land, Jocko) in Duval County with solar panels in order to generate 10 percent of the daily power needs for the city of Jacksonville. And wind turbines are even worse.

  • build "a new electricity grid";
    Huh? Why do we need a "new grid"?

  • "build the fuel efficient cars of tomorrow";

    Who? Your boys in the UAW? Ok... Will we be able to afford them? And even more important, will they be worth a damn?

  • "eliminate the oil we import from the Middle East in 10 years";

    Eliminate? Without either coming up with a new domestic source (Hello? Offshore drilling in FL) or coming up with an efficient alternative energy source (ahem! Nuclear Power, dumbass.) it just isn't gonna happen.

  • "lower premiums" for those who already have health insurance;

    I'll be over here, holding my breath on this one too.

  • "if you don't have health insurance, you'll be able to get the same kind of health insurance that members of Congress give themselves";

    Again, let's see how you plan to engineer this one...

  • "end discrimination by insurance companies to the sick and those who need care the most";

    So, you plan on nationalizing the health care system and changing the complete methodology for covering people...
  • "invest in early childhood education";

    Like Headstart? Like all the other entitlement programs that most of the $$$ wind up in the pockets of the administrators and planners and hanger's-on. Very little money actually makes it to the actual classroom.

  • "recruit an army of new teachers";

    Recruit? Better figure out a way to pay them more than a Pizza Hut delivery driver.

  • "pay our teachers higher salaries, give them more support. But ... also demand higher standards and more accountability";

    Yeah... And your are going to get the money where? And how are you going to appease the NEA?

  • "make a deal with every young person who's here and every young person in America: If you are willing to commit yourself to national service, whether it's serving in our military or in the Peace Corps, working in a veterans home or a homeless shelter, then we will guarantee that you can afford to go to college no ifs ands or buts";

  • "stop spending $10 billion a month in Iraq while the Iraqis have a huge surplus";

    Better check your math... It's not 10 billion a month.

  • "end this war in Iraq";
    Ok. Let me know how that is going to work... You got a magic wand?

  • "finish the fight and snuff out al Qaeda and bin Laden";
    Hmmmm... Better keep that magic wand close at hand.

  • "increase our ground troops and our investments in the finest fighting force in the world";

    But not spend that 10 Billion a month... How much are you going to spend?

  • "invest in 21st century technologies so that our men and women have the best training and equipment when they deploy into combat and the care and benefits they have earned when they come home";
    What money are you going to invest? That 10 Billion you aren't spending in Iraq?

  • "No more homeless veterans"; and

    Why just take care of the homeless vets? What about other homeless folks?

  • "no more fighting for disability payments."

    Boy, between revamping the entire health care system, and the insurance system and now the whole Veterans Administration system, you have your work cut out for you.
    But look at the bright side- your are creating jobs for over a million new government workers to oversee and administer all this new bureaucracy.
Hey- how about this: A government workforce quid pro quo.
For every new government job you create, you have to eliminate one that is no longer needed.
I know it would be tough, but an American business has to cull its workforce when it can't afford them all... Why should the gummint be different?


1 comment:

Annie in SC said...

Slightly off-subject (sorry): With regard to Obama and half the country comparing him to Abraham Lincoln, and the fact that Obama is going to use Lincoln's Bible at the inauguration, has anyone ever really READ what Lincoln wrote about black people, and slaves in particular? Really READ it? No disrespect is meant to anyone, especially Mr. Obama and Mr. Lincoln - but the truth is the truth - the man said a lot of racist things about African Americans. He was NOT the great friend of the slaves that people think he was. The EP was NOT created out of the goodness of his heart; it was a war tactic. I could go on and on. I sure wish people would do a little research before opening their mouths!