|Comparison of Candidate to Elected Obama|
|Category||Comments as candidate||Action after elected|
|Attitude||Hope and inspiration||Slow and painful economic recovery|
|Taxes on health insurance||No taxing of health insurance premiums||Open to tax on employer paid health insurance premiums|
|Budget||Eliminating earmarks (about $17 billion) will not have an impact on the budget||Asks for $100 million in cost savings for the 2009 budget|
|Pork||Would eliminate pork in bills passed by Congress||Approved a $787 billion stimulus package with a significant amount of pork|
So far, the only promise President Obama seems to have kept is his payback to unions, as demonstrated by the bankruptcy proceedings and outcomes of GM and Chrysler, which put union priorities over legitimate bondholder claims.
Even after being elected, I continue to see bait and switch tactics from the Obama administration. To pass the $787 billion stimulus package, President Obama urged quick passage since the impact would be seen right away. Now, the story is that the stimulus will take up to two years to have an impact. If so, for Congress to spend a month to create a better economic stimulus package?
President Obama again urged quick action on the health care bill, because of the necessity to have an impact immediately. (Bait) However, in six months, I won't be surprised when Mr. Obama switches and says that it may take another term, and maybe two to three more :-), as President before any health care bill shows any effect. (Switch)
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