This is simply a reminder/refresher in regards to the overwhelming mistrust and disregard the American public has for anything that Barack Obama says. A truly revolting and utterly heinous list of fabrications and outright lies. In a few other threads, some regular posters in the politics forum defend and endorse these lies; and protest that Obama needs to lie for the benefit of the country. I believe he [Obama] should be held to a higher standard. Much higher. I am not just taking a shot at the President. I am stipulating the awesomeness of the lies of one man. Obama repeatedly assured us that he would protect Medicare against cuts; but he now presses for passage of bills that include huge cuts in Medicare. Early in the health care debate, Obama assured us that he had not said that he favored a single payer system; but he was on record as having said exactly that. Obama gave primary voters a firm assurance that if he became the nominee of the Democratic party he would (unlike Hillary Clinton) abide by the campaign finance limits of public funding; but as soon as he became the partys nominee, he reneged on that pledge. During the presidential campaign Obama criticized the presence of former lobbyists in the Bush administration and solemnly assured us that he would appoint no lobbyists to his administration; but once elected he proceeded to appoint even more lobbyists than his predecessors. Obama criticized the size of George Bushs deficit and promised to stop deficit spending if elected; but he has already quadrupled the size of the deficit he objected to and recklessly continues new federal spending in the trillions. When campaigning Obama criticized bills before the congress that were too long for anyone to be able to read and promised to eliminate that; but the bills he has been backing throughout his first year are infinitely longer (2000+ pages) than the very bills he criticized. Candidate Obama promised an end to the corruption of earmarks and pork, but the bills he has supported in office have contained more earmarks than ever before Obama promised that he would make sure that there was always enough time for the public to read legislation before it was enacted; but he has done exactly the opposite, repeatedly pressing for even faster passage of even longer bills. Obama met fears that he would be a tax and spend liberal by promising that those earning under $200,000 would see no increase in their taxes of any kind; but he now urges passage of a healthcare bill that breaks that pledge in many different ways, and his unrestrained increase in federal spending makes more tax increases inevitable. Candidate Obama promised bipartisanship and an end to partisan bickering; but in a display of especially ruthless partisanship his allies have shut Republicans out of all key meetings on his health care initiative, with the unprecedented result that domestic legislation of historic importance garnered not a single Republican vote in the Senate. Obama criticized his opponents plan to tax employer paid healthcare benefits, and promised he would not tax them; but the bill he now backs will do just that. Obama had promised that he would not sign a healthcare bill that would add one dime to the federal deficit; but the bill he now backs adds trillions in new federal spending, offset only by new sources of revenue that are both uncertain and more properly seen as offsetting the already existing deficit. Obama coerced congress into passing his stimulus bill by promising that if it were passed unemployment could go no higher then 8%; but unemployment is now at 10%, and he could not possibly have had good reason to exclude that possibility. Obama has repeatedly assured the American people that if they like their current health plan they can keep it; but the House bill which he supported created huge incentives for employers to drop their coverage and shift their members to a public option. Obama assured a joint session of Congress that his health plan would not fund illegal aliens; but his allies had been busy voting down amendments to that effect. (This was the point of Joe Wilsons outburst.) Obama claimed that Caterpillars CEO had told him that Caterpillar would begin hiring again as a result of the stimulus bill; but that individual immediately announced that he had said no such thing, and that Caterpillar would in fact be laying off more workers. Candidate Obama promised that Guantanamo would be closed by January 1, 2010; but it is still open. Candidate Obama promised that his administration (unlike his predecessors) would be so transparent that TV cameras (C-Span) would be there for key deliberations; but an unprecedented level of secrecy prevails as the final stages of Obamacare are negotiated behind closed doors and kept so secret that even the Senate majority whip admitted that he had no idea what was going on. Requests for Obama to honor the promise of C-Span cameras are being ignored. To gain traction for his attempt to return a would-be socialist dictator in Honduras to power, Obama claimed that he had been overthrown in an illegal coup; but the congressional research service pointed out correctly that ex-President Zelaya had been removed for constitutionally sufficient cause by legal and constitutional means. Obama claims that he wants a public option only to increase choice and competition; but the House bill would clearly reduce choice both by squeezing unsubsidized private health plans out of the market, and by setting rigid conditions on acceptable plans that would narrow available options. Obama now assures us that health insurance premiums will not go up if ObamaCare becomes law, insisting indignantly that people who say this have not read the bill; but the legislation forces insurers to cover preexisting conditions, which will compel them to raise premiums substantially. Can anyone blame the American public for not trusting anything that he says? He has demonstrated a propensity for lying, and a pattern of making promises that he has no intention of fulfilling.