Update: Added Video of Obama (below) which makes clear the hypocrite and double talk flim-flam scam artist Obama is, using Obama’s own words.
Obama lied again repeatedly yesterday (no surprise) and Big Media is busy downplaying his lies (no surprise) or ignoring them.
There was some watered down, extremely mild, criticism about the earmarks lie. Very little attention has been paid to the other many lies. We’ll start with earmarks.
Hours after calling for reforms to the earmark process, President Obama yesterday signed a spending bill that contains some 9,000 earmarked projects — described by critics as pork-barrel spending. The move sparked criticism from Republicans and some Democrats, and generated starkly negative media reviews — including reports in all three networks that suggested that the President’s action ran contrary to his own campaign rhetoric. ABC World News, for example, reported that “away from cameras,” Obama “signed a massive spending bill containing roughly 9,000 earmarks, despite his past campaign rhetoric.” NBC Nightly News noted “critics said the President should have put up more of a fight when it came to those pet projects.” The CBS Evening News similarly reported there was “no photo-op for this signing.”
McClatchy reports Obama “criticized pork barrel spending in the form of ‘earmarks,’” and “then he signed a spending bill that contains nearly 9,000 of them, some that members of his own staff shoved in last year when they were still members of Congress.” The AP reports Obama “raised the issue of earmarks in public remarks playing down their scope and possible harm in the measure.”
Fox News noted that Obama now, unlike when he needed votes, likes some earmarks In fact, he said some earmarks should continue.” The Washington Post woke up sufficiently to write “Obama’s call to rein in the use of earmarks was met with derision yesterday even from some of his past reformer allies, dealing an early blow to his attempt to change how business is done in Washington.” Another Obama endorsing newspaper quoted Republican Jeff Flake as saying about Obama ‘Give me sobriety, but not yet.’ The New York Times spent more time quoting hypocrite Obama calling Republicans hypocrites.
Politico’s leader Jim VandeHei shamed himself by saying “To be blunt, this is such a sideshow.” Shameful Politico sweet talked the Obama double talk as loyalty to Dimocrats. Politico’s Jonathan Martin somewhat ignored VandeHei’s sideshowism and noted Obama’s earlier words, words, words:
Obama tried to send a message down Pennsylvania Avenue that individual members must do more to rein in the practice – even as at times he sounded more like a defender of the old ways than a critic.
“I recognize that Congress has the power of the purse,” he said in brief remarks in the Old Executive Office Building. “As a former senator, I believe that individual members of Congress understand their districts best. And they should have the ability to respond to the needs of their communities.”
He said, “Done right, earmarks have given legislators the opportunity to direct federal money to worthy projects that benefit people in their districts, and that’s why I’ve opposed their outright elimination,” Obams said. “There are times where earmarks may be good on their own, but in the context of a tight budget might not be our highest priority.” [snip]
Gone from the president’s remarks was his campaign pledge to go through the budget “line-by-line” and a promise, still on the White House website, to “slash earmarks to no greater than 1994 levels.”
Double Talk Obama promised to eliminate earmarks during the campaign. Yesterday Obama signed an irresponsible “omnibus” bill which throws a pot of money to fund the government instead of Department by Department funding, and it was jammed full of earmarks.
Hypocrite Obama signed the “omnibus” mess and emitted more words of promise that now things would really, for real, truly change. But we note the weasel words:
…he vowed that it will be the last one and proposed ways to curb lawmakers from abusing the process in the future.
Mr. Obama, trying to regain the high ground after withering criticism that he was betraying campaign promises by signing the $410 billion package, said that from now on he would seek to eliminate projects with “no legitimate public purpose.” He proposed that all projects be open to scrutiny at public hearings and those aimed at for-profit firms be subject to competitive bidding.
“The future demands that we operate in a different way than we have in the past,” Mr. Obama told reporters. “So let there be no doubt — this piece of legislation must mark an end to the old way of doing business and the beginning of a new era of responsibility and accountability that the American people have every right to expect and demand.”
You don’t need a pink crystal ball to know that in the future there will be plenty of porky earmarks. The difference, the Obama change, will be that now pork will be “legitimate public purpose“. PINOs will cheer the old wine in new bottles, the same old same old, with the Obama “change” label on the bottle.
Hypocrites. Republicans like John McCain have admitted that when in power they operated contrary to their alleged principles. Republicans allowed every abuse George W. Bush perpetrated and Republicans were profligate in their spending. Republicans are hypocrites when they criticize spending and pork by Obama Dimocrats but they are correct to do so. Republicans should return to their alleged principles.
Several Republicans, mostly allied with John McCain, also Bobby Jindal in his hapless response to Obama, have confessed to hypocrisy. But PINO Dimocrats, Hopium addled addicts, and other automatons are big hypocrites too:
Democrats often criticized the Bush White House for its use of the presidential signing statement, a means by which the president can reject provisions of a bill he deems unconstitutional without vetoing the entire legislation. Now the approach is back.
President Barack Obama, after signing into law a $410 billion budget bill on Wednesday, declared five provisions in the bill to be unconstitutional and non-binding, including one that would effectively restrict U.S. troop deployments under U.N. command and another aimed at preventing punishment of whistleblowers.
The move came two days after Mr. Obama ordered a review of his predecessor’s signing statements and said he would rein in the use of such declarations.
Hypocrite Democrats, Dimocrats, and the hapless Hopium addled addicts moaned for years about the “unitary executive” and Bush signing statements. That was then. Obama is a hypocrite preaching to a den of Hopium addled hypocrites:
Democrats, and some Republicans, complained that former President George W. Bush abused the signing statement by declaring that he would ignore congressional intent on more than 1,200 sections of bills, easily a record. Critics at the time said that if the president had constitutional questions, he should veto the bill and demand a correction.
Mr. Bush’s successor showed Wednesday that he isn’t averse to using the same methods.
“We’re having a repeat of what Democrats bitterly complained about under President Bush,” said Sen. Arlen Specter (R, Pa.), who drafted legislation to nullify Mr. Bush’s signing statements. He added that if Mr. Obama “wants to pick a fight, Congress has plenty of authority to retaliate.”
One of the Obama power grabs declared that a certain provision would not prevent his administration from supervising, controlling or correcting “employees’ communications with the Congress in cases where such communications would be unlawful or would reveal information that is properly privileged or otherwise confidential.” Republican Senator Grassley correctly noted that “This is alarming. The words ‘privileged’ and ‘confidential’ could cover just about anything the White House doesn’t want released. It looks like the new era of transparency is over before it began.”
Hypocrite Dimocrats attacked Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush and anyone who was not Barack Obama over issues of earmarks, signing statements, and cronyism. Now these hypocrite Dimocrats prove themselves to be the fakes we have always known them to be.
As to cronyism which we have not dealt with in depth:
More than one out of every five dollars of the $126 million Massachusetts is receiving in earmarks from a $410 billion federal spending package is going to help preserve the legacy of the Kennedys.
The bill includes $5.8 million for the planning and design of a building to house a new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate. The funding may also help support an endowment for the institute.
The bill also includes $22 million to expand facilities at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum and $5 million more for a new gateway to the Boston Harbor Islands on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a park system in downtown Boston named after Kennedy’s mother and built on land opened up by the Big Dig highway project.
Obama is not alone in his hypocrisy. Future Maury Povich guest, John “Are You My Daddy?” Edwards, is again giving speeches about poverty and emitting words about moral standards.
Howard Dean is also back in the news limelight with his own powerful brand of hypocrisy:
Speaking of doctors, former Democratic National Committee chairman and six-term Vermont governor Howard Dean is the latest star to join the government affairs practice of law and lobbying mega-firm McKenna Long & Aldridge. He’s not only a physician but also a “thought leader” on politics and policy, a man whose “network of relationships will benefit clients who are working in states and municipalities across the U.S.,” the firm announced last week. Ah, yes, we knew that 50-state strategy made sense.
Sounds as though he’s going to be doing some lobbying and strategizing for those clients. During last year’s presidential campaign, you may recall, Dean spoke most unkindly of lobbyists.
“John McCain — and this has been well documented — is talking all the time about being a reformer and a maverick, and in fact he has taken thousands of dollars from corporations, ridden on their corporate jets, and then turned around and tried to do favors for them and get projects approved,” Dean told the National Journal. “He has tons of lobbyists on his staff. This is a guy who is very close to the lobbyist community, a guy who has been documented again and again by taking contributions and then doing favors for it. This is not a guy who is a reformer. This is a guy who has been in Washington for 25 years and wants to give us four more years of the same, and I don’t think we need that.”
Barack Obama and his enabler Howard Dean hated lobbyists during the primary and general election campaign. Obama and John “Are You My Daddy?” Edwards looked pained at a primary election kookfest in Chicago then both trashed Hillary for telling the truth.
At the YearlyKooks drum circle in Chicago, Hillary was booed on the issue of lobbyists. The YearlyKooks did not like Hillary telling the truth to them. The Hopium addicts say they want truth but then don’t like it when the truth is delivered. They wanted to hear lobbyist bashing and no amount of logic would persuade them. Now Hoard Dean is a lobbyist and Obama employs lobbyists and they remain silent. They were not silent in Chicago at their kookfest.
Around Big Pink we know actions speak louder than words. Dean trashed lobbyists before he became a lobbyist. Obama trashed lobbyists before he hired lobbyists:
President Obama promised during his campaign that lobbyists “won’t find a job in my White House.”
So far, though, at least a dozen former lobbyists have found top jobs in his administration, according to an analysis done by Republican sources and corroborated by Politico.
Eric Holder, Tom Vilsack, William Lynn, William Corr, David Hayes, Mark Patterson, Ron Klain, Mona Sutphen, Melody Barnes, Cecilia Munoz, Patrick Gaspard, and Michael Strautmanis are some of the lobbyist Obama admits to hiring.
Obama promised during the campaigns to get rid of earmarks. Obama now approves 8-9,000 earmarks and speaks with approval about earmarks. Obama attacked signing statements during the campaigns. Obama now issues his own much worse signing statements one of which orders the Treasury Secretary to disobey the law. Obama promised during the campaigns to ban lobbyists. Obama now hires lobbyists.
The Obama double talk and lies, lies, lies continue.