November 19, 2009
HIS SPECIFIC PROMISES WERE...:
The GOP's no-exit strategy (E.J. Dionne Jr., November 19, 2009, Washington Post)
Normal human beings -- let's call them real Americans -- cannot understand why, 10 months after President Obama's inauguration, Congress is still tied down in a procedural torture chamber trying to pass the health-care bill Obama promised in his campaign.
Last year, the voters gave him the largest popular-vote margin won by a presidential candidate in 20 years. They gave Democrats their largest Senate majority since 1976 and their largest House majority since 1992.
Obama didn't just offer bromides about hope and change. He made specific pledges.
New Obama ad hits McCain on health care reform (Martina Stewart, October 17th, 2008, CNN)
Barack Obama launched a new television ad Friday that echoes his latest campaign trail attack on John McCain’s health care proposal: that the Republican nominee’s plan would major cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.
“It Gets Worse,” a 30-second spot, follows up on a string of recent Obama ads about health care - all of which highlighted the tax implications of McCain’s plan.
The new ad suggests that, in addition to changing the historical tax treatment of employer-provided health care benefits, McCain’s plan would also involve significant cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, two of the federal governments largest entitlement programs. “Eight hundred and eighty-two billion from Medicare alone,” the ad says.
...no new taxes and no cuts to existing services, which is how he got in this much trouble in the first place. Posted by Orrin Judd at November 19, 2009 6:35 AM