Thursday, November 12, 2009

510 promises, part 3

As we approach Barack Obama’s 300th day in office, I recall writing two articles concerning promises that Barack Obama made according to the website polifact.com. I commented that out of the 511 promises he made, there were only about 50 which I wanted him to keep. So now I will give you an update on how he is doing according to their “Obameter”.

Here’s how he rates on the 50 promises which I wish he would keep:

13 are “in the works”

25 no action

4 stalled

4 kept

2 broken

1 compromise

These assessments made by polifact.com and don’t necessarily agree with them. On some issues he has kept a promise, but it doesn’t go far enough to matter. For example, there is the promise to direct military leaders to end war in Iraq. What good does this do if troops aren’t actually withdrawn? Don’t be fooled, the President is the Commander and Chief of the armed forces and does have the power, on his own, to withdraw troops from places in which they were never given the proper authority to go in the first place. Obama does not have to convince the generals to obey him. (If he really were the President, that is.) The Obomise (Obama promise) to withdraw troops from Iraq by certain date (which he kept pushing back) is not even included in the list of 511. These dates have come and gone like the dates set for Christ’s return by the Watchtower.

There wasn’t an easy way that I could find to count out all of the promises in each progress category, but here is an approximate count:

129 are “in the works” (7 pages)

295 no action (16 pages)

13 stalled

55 kept (3 pages)

7 broken

12 compromises

That is still a pretty dismal record, but look on the bright side. His worst promises have not been realized (not yet, anyway):

Require all schools of education to be accredited

Push for enactment of Matthew Shepard Act, which expands hate crime law to include sexual orientation and other factors

Expand the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity

Support repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

Sign the Freedom of Choice Act

Thank God!

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