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Is Breaking Promises the Change We Need?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 1:12 am - October 30, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Obama Watch

I did not watch the Obama infomercial last night.  The mere thought of it raised my hackles.  The Democrat paid for it with broken promises and possibly even broken laws.

As I worked on my piece on his opportunism yesterday, I became increasingly aware how duplicitous this man has been and how the media has covered for him. They have barely touched the story of his broken promise and all but failed to consider his fund-raising irregularities.

When he promised to accept public financing and challenged Republicans to do the same, Obama may have truly meant to keep his word.  But, given how quickly he changed his mind and how flimsy his rationale, it appears that word’s not worth very much.

Can we trust a man who readily reneges on a promise he repeated on multiple occasions?

Now, I don’t know if Obama broke any laws in raising his record-setting haul, but the evidence we’ve accumulated so far clearly indicates an investigation is in order.  His campaign confirmed that it “is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor’s identity.

Ed Morrissey believes the only reason the campaign “deliberately turned off the systems that would have guarded against the kind of fraudulent donations that have accrued millions to their coffers” was “to facilitate fraud.”  (Emphasis in original.)

We don’t know if donors took advantage of the lax online security to donate more than the legal limit.  We don’t know if foreigners, barred by law from contributing to presidential campaigns, supported the Democrat’s campaign.  Heck, the Obama campaign may not even know, but they did do a number of things which made such crimes possible.  And difficult to trace.

Unlike John McCain’s campaign, Obama refuses to release the complete list of his donors.

Just as he won’t specify his donors, he didn’t specify in his address the federal programs he would eliminate when he claimed to have “‘offered spending cuts above and beyond’ the expense of his promises.“  Even the AP said his ad skipped over budget realities.

His flip-flop on federal financing hasn’t been the only change highlighted by his expensive ad buy.  Mark Hemingway was struck that the Democrat “was adopting a foreclosure freeze that not that long ago he correctly said was a bad idea.”  It does seem that the only change Obama stands for is that which suits his political advantage.



  1. Right now I can not believe just how scared I am that this guy and his cohorts might just pull this thing off…gotta tell ya though…I am none too pleased with the Republicans who thought it fun and funny to jack up the Democratic primaries by becoming “dems for a day” it’s also because of this kind of thinking that it might blow up in ALL of our faces…thanks alot GOPers…for I hold those of you who did this and promoted this responsible…and to think had you not interferred we actually could have had an actual “adult” GE with Hillary and John vieing for the top spot…two people who do actually love their country…but unstead there are those in your party who were so hell bent on destroying the Clintons that this country is now more divided then ever…and we’re quite possibly going to have the least capable and the least eligible POTUS. Not only that but you guys stand a very good chance of loosing our checks and balances….your party is as much to blame as the dems …this from a pretty damned disgusted Indy.

    Comment by left leaning lesbian friend — October 30, 2008 @ 2:33 am - October 30, 2008

  2. Now, I don’t know if Obama broke any laws in raising his record-setting haul

    I dont “know” either, but I know

    Comment by American Elephant — October 30, 2008 @ 2:58 am - October 30, 2008

  3. Your points about illegal donations apply equally to McCain. The only candidates that for sure have no illegal donations are the ones that have no donations at all

    Comment by qqq — October 30, 2008 @ 5:39 am - October 30, 2008

  4. look! Moral equivelance alert!

    Sen McCain didn’t disable security to facilitate fraud. Sen Obama did, and still hasn’t re-enabled them.

    Comment by The Livewire — October 30, 2008 @ 7:00 am - October 30, 2008

  5. The mere thought of it raised my hackles.

    “Hackles”? You have “hackles”? Ok, I know that the leg bone is connected to the knee bone but where the heck do “hackles” fit into this? 😉

    Just teasing, Dan. I love seeing words like this being used and here it’s quite appropriate. Just imagine: FOUR YEARS of having them raised…

    Comment by John — October 30, 2008 @ 7:58 am - October 30, 2008

  6. Even the sycophants at the AP don’t buy the claims of the Obama Infomercial. Mainly, they point out what I’ve been pointing out, he is promising huge government expenditures without any plausible way of paying for them.

    Comment by V the K — October 30, 2008 @ 8:30 am - October 30, 2008

  7. Dan, I guess for this campaign it’s all about the ends justifying the means; the goal is to dislodge our country from the rightward political tilt of years gone by (real and imagined) and restart the country toward a liberal, progressive path. If widespread voter registration fraud doesn’t give the campaign pause, why should illegal campaign contributions or broken campaign promises?

    In this day and age, voters have proven a great willingness to allow campaigns to return illegal or questionable campaign donations after the fact; if Obama loses or wins, I’m sure there’ll be the usual token donations returned with a mea culpa -sincere or not.

    MSM voters accept the perception (and fact, I think) that vote fraud and campaign fraud are just part of the cost of doing business as a Democrat. For them, the ends are justified by whatever means necessary to accomplish the task. If that means bailing out Sen Clinton’s campaign debt to get SlickWilly on the stage with BarryO, so be it. If that means running the ObamaBus over Rev Wright, so be it.

    But notice, the ObamaBus didn’t drive over the ACORN fraud operation? He needs them and, there in lies one truth about BarryO, if the target still has political relevancy to His One Just Cause it shall be defended at all costs, by any means necessary.

    If Obama does lose, I hope the US DOJ and FEC don’t wallpaper over the issue in an effort to “heal the wounds” and bring the country together. I hope they go after the likely illegal campaign contributions and voter fraud with a tenacity the other side has shown in digging up dirt on Palin. If state attorneys general don’t follow up on voter fraud, the feds should.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 30, 2008 @ 11:00 am - October 30, 2008

  8. The minute Bill Clinton was elected, his team started the mantra that things were far worse than they had been told by secretive Bush administration and so 8,476 of the promises would have to be put on hold.

    Obama has already started lowering the tax cut threshold and soon it will be down to those earning under $322. a year.

    Demagogues always work harder at redefining their language and denying what you read and heard them say than actually producing. The Obama campaign is not about America. It is about who carries the keys to the vault and who sits at the table when the pork is passed around.

    Comment by heliotrope — October 30, 2008 @ 11:04 am - October 30, 2008

  9. #6
    “MSM voters accept the perception (and fact, I think) that vote fraud and campaign fraud are just part of the cost of doing business as a Democrat.”

    huh? Where are your examples of vote fraud?
    You can say registration fraud, but not vote fraud. There is a key difference. And I would wager that the many of the “fraud” cases are actually a case of paperwork snafus. Of course, I don’t blame you for your support of voter suppression since its right out of the righty playbook.

    But I do think the fact that Big Blue is tanking this year has warped your sensibilities.

    Comment by gillie — October 30, 2008 @ 11:57 am - October 30, 2008

  10. Please consider posting this video and passing it along, it’s amazing. It’s great at showing the distinction between MaCain and Obama in regards to the economy. Please pass this along to everyone you know. We have to get McCain elected… E

    “Some may try to tell us that this is the end of an era. But what they
overlook is that in America, every day is a new beginning. For this is the land that has
never become, but is always in the act of becoming.” Ronald Reagan

    Comment by Ernesto — October 30, 2008 @ 12:39 pm - October 30, 2008

  11. Where are your examples of vote fraud?

    That’s easy.

    Not publicized, of course, because the Obama campaign doesn’t want it known that it was telling its workers to register and cast ballots in states where they don’t live.

    Mainly because doing so allows you to vote twice — which is OK to Obama supporters and to Obama.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 30, 2008 @ 1:25 pm - October 30, 2008

  12. And here’s another one, gillie.

    Of course, you consider catching this and punishing this woman to be “voter suppression”. You and your fellow Obama supporters consider fraudulent registration, fraudulent voting, and voting multiple times to be perfectly legitimate when done in the name of The One.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 30, 2008 @ 1:31 pm - October 30, 2008

  13. gillie, if NDXXX’s examples are not good enough for you on the voter fraud issue and it’s legendary employment as a Democrat Party tactic to steal elections, try learning about Chicago politics in the 1960s, Philadelphia politics in the 1970s, Detroit politics in the 1980s, Atlanta politics in the 1990s, DC politics in 2000s.

    Voter registration fraud IS voter fraud, gillie. I’ll get you the county jail address here in Michigan for a 4 time convicted Jackson felon who worked for ACORN in this election cycle and you can ask him if he committed voter fraud… he’s already serving time.

    Voter suppression is like environmental racism; great fodder for the red meat Left victimized-again crowd but seems very difficult to document or catch when the Left is called to muster. Voter fraud, however, has become the means du jour of Left-leaning Democrat politics this season –again. I’ve worked Voter Integrity Programs in the past in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw, Inkster, Ann Arbor, Pontiac and Grand Rapids. I’ve also worked election integrity programs in El Salvador, Mexico and the Phillipines.

    Voter fraud exists and “vote suppression” is a largely a ficitional juxtapositioning issue for the Left and Democrats… in most cases, it’s been better labeled as inefficient, mismanagement by usuallly Democrat-controlled clerks who can’t seem to allocate resources prudently in any elections no matter what. In Detroit, for instance, the mismanagement that brought about calls of “vote suppression” was caused by the city clerk… not some evil cabal of GOPers.

    Nawh, gillie, voter registration fraud is voter fraud otherwise, why do we criminalize it? It’s not a civil misdemeanor. In some states, it’s a felony.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 30, 2008 @ 2:03 pm - October 30, 2008

  14. I don’t see the point of arguing with a mindless shill like gillie. The Washington state Democrats stole the governor’s election in 2004 when recounts produced more ballots than eligible voters in Democrat stronghold King County. But they still deny it.

    The first promise Chairman Obama is likely to break is his “tax relief for the middle class.” There is simply no way to pay for his redistributionist programs and expansion of government without massive tax increases. I would bet his tax increases will even exceed rolling back the Bush tax reductions.

    Comment by V the K — October 30, 2008 @ 2:44 pm - October 30, 2008

  15. #11 – Your article clearly states “No charges will be brought against them”
    So it is likely there is more to the story that malkin is not mentioning.

    #12 Your link states
    “Little insists she’s playing by the rules. “I’ve been living in Ohio,” she said, when reached on her home phone in New Paltz Wednesday morning. “I have no intention of voting in New York,” she said, before cutting off the conversation, saying she had a flight to catch to Ohio”

    Any fair reading will show that this isn’t really fraud.
    But nice try anyway.

    And nice generalizations there Matt, but not really proof is it? Sounds more like innuendo to me.
    And yes, there are problems with registrations – no doubt. But to quote Josh Marshall “Registering Mickey Mouse to Vote doesn’t mean Mickey Mouse will show up and vote”

    And you are clearly skirting this issue of Big Blue and how happy that makes the rest of us Big Tenners.

    Comment by gillie — October 30, 2008 @ 3:51 pm - October 30, 2008

  16. Unfortunately for paid Obama shill Josh Marshall, registering Mickey Mouse to vote is a crime.

    Why does Barack Obama fund and support organizations that are engaging in criminal activities by illegally registering voters? Why do Democrats like Josh Marshall and gillie support this criminal activity?

    Furthermore, gillie, the sources clearly show that Democrats are casting votes based on fraudulent registrations. That is voter fraud. Why do you continue to deny this? Why do you continue to scream that preventing voters from voting based on fraudulent registrations, such as the ones filed by Obama campaign workers, is voter suppression?

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 30, 2008 @ 4:16 pm - October 30, 2008

  17. The Obamunist Attorney General of Ohio openly refuses to enforce federal election law.

    Comment by V the K — October 30, 2008 @ 9:07 pm - October 30, 2008

  18. Your points about illegal donations apply equally to McCain

    Horsehockey! McCain actually had safeguards in place, Obama did not and in fact, the way these things work, the Obama campaign had to specifically disable the safeguards.

    Comment by American Elephant — October 31, 2008 @ 6:30 am - October 31, 2008

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