Lack of transparency dogs Obama

I am not attempting to flaunt or preach my conservatism. Rather, I am presenting a series of facts that might change many peoples’ unwarranted positive view and glorification of the supposedly great President Barack Obama.

According to the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner, politifact.com, President Barack Obama made approximately 500 promises while campaigning for president. Needless to say, while these promises may have wooed the public, it is realistically almost impossible for him to keep all of them. The following are some examples of the many broken promises.

On Oct. 27, 2007 in a campaign speech, Obama stated, "I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank."

On Dec. 1, 2009 almost a year after Barack Obama was instated as President of the United States, the New York Times reported that Obama plans to deploy an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, bringing the total to 100,000 troops by May 2010. Though troop withdrawal is planned to commence in 2011, there is no realistic end to this war in sight.

I should also state that I have no personal problem with the troop increase, as I feel it is necessary to effectively win the war, not just end it. However, Obama’s campaign claim has been proven to be a clear example of public manipulation in an effort to gain votes.

During the ending stages of his campaign, President Obama focused heavily on the ways in which he planned to rejuvenate the economy. One of the promises the president made was to give existing businesses a refundable tax credit. "During 2009 and 2010, existing businesses will receive a $3,000 refundable tax credit for each additional full-time employee hired," he said.

While this sounded like a great idea at the time, Congress found a number of problems with the measure. The most prominent of which was voiced by Sen. Schumer. "If you have a company and you’re selling fewer shingles, $3,000 isn’t going to get you to hire somebody when your sales are shrinking," he said. Moreover, this credit was not even mentioned in the recent stimulant package and it appears as though it will not re-emerge with serious consideration from Obama or Congress.

To allow greater participation in the government, Obama pledged that legislation passed by Congress "will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment and the White House Web site for five days."

Obama signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 only two days after it was passed by Congress. Because the legislation does not take effect for one year, it is certainly not an emergency.

Obama also made a promise to seniors, stating that he would "eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year." This would have the effect of eliminating taxes for 7 million seniors, saving them an average of $1,400 per year.

This promise was not included in the tax cuts of the most recent economic stimulus package. It was not included in Obama’s first budget outline. Lastly, it was not included in any proposed legislation.

While I realize this article may not be enough to completely persuade you that President Barack Obama is not the saint many believe he is, I hope it provokes serious thought and reconsideration.