Breaking faith with the American people, on everything from health care to oil drilling.
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On February 13, President Obama held a celebratory event at the White House for signing of the so-called Pay Go legislation. Obama explained, “It says to Congress you have to pay as you go. You can’t spend a dollar unless you cut a dollar elsewhere…. Now, Congress will have to pay for what it spends, just like everybody else.” But every time President Obama and Congressional Democrats want some new government spending, they simply waive this pay go rule, as they did recently for another supposed jobs bill, or as they did for recent extensions of unemployment benefits. When Republicans try to enforce President Obama’s pay go rule by holding up the new spending until it is paid for, they are pilloried by Democrats and their media allies as against jobs or unemployment benefits for the starving long-term unemployed. Pay go is just employed when it is helpful to justify yet another tax increase, and certainly to shortcircuit any notion of real tax cuts.
On March 31, President Obama held another White House celebration to announce new offshore drilling. But as we will discuss in detail in a future column, the actual policy adopted took offshore drilling off the table in the Pacific, a large portion of the Atlantic, much of Alaskan coastal waters, and in some of the most promising areas of the Gulf of Mexico, even delaying by a year already planned drilling off the coast of Virginia. The policy also terminated already issued leases for some Alaskan offshore drilling, as well as even some onshore leases in quite promising northern U.S. fields.
But Mallory Factor recently provided a valuable public service in finding two promises from his 2008 campaign that President Obama has managed to keep. One was “Date Night,” a pledge that if elected he would take his wife Michelle out for a date in New York City, which he did at great taxpayer expense for the Air Force One trip and for blanket Secret Service coverage, greatly worsening city traffic jams. The other was his pledge to get his girls a dog, which he did in acquiring Bo, a Portuguese water dog.
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