Did Obama wow you last night? ?
Well hopefully your eyes were opened to his deceitfulness: WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was less than upfront in his half-hour commercial Wednesday night about the costs of his programs and the crushing budget pressures he would face in office. Obama's assertion that "I've offered spending cuts above and beyond" the expense of his promises is accepted only by his partisans. His vow to save money by "eliminating programs that don't work" masks his failure throughout the campaign to specify what those programs are — beyond the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. A sampling of what voters heard in the ad, and what he didn't tell them: THE SPIN: "That's why my health care plan includes improving information technology, requires coverage for preventive care and pre-existing conditions and lowers health care costs for the typical family by $2,500 a year." THE FACTS: His plan does not lower premiums by $2,500, or any set amount. Obama hopes that by spending $50 billion over five years on electronic medical records and by improving access to proven disease management programs, among other steps, consumers will end up saving money. He uses an optimistic analysis to suggest cost reductions in national health care spending could amount to the equivalent of $2,500 for a family of four. Many economists are skeptical those savings can be achieved, but even if they are, it's not a certainty that every dollar would be passed on to consumers in the form of lower premiums. ___ THE SPIN: "I also believe every American has a right to affordable health care." THE FACTS: That belief should not be confused with a guarantee of health coverage for all. He makes no such promise. Obama hinted as much in the ad when he said about the problem of the uninsured: "I want to start doing something about it." He would mandate coverage for children but not adults. His program is aimed at making insurance more affordable by offering the choice of government-subsidized coverage similar to that in a plan for federal employees and other steps, including requiring larger employers to share costs of insuring workers. ___ THE SPIN: "I've offered spending cuts above and beyond their cost." THE FACTS: Independent analysts say both Obama and Republican John McCain would deepen the deficit. The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimates Obama's policy proposals would add a net $428 billion to the deficit over four years — and that analysis accepts the savings he claims from spending cuts. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, whose other findings have been quoted approvingly by the Obama campaign, says: "Both John McCain and Barack Obama have proposed tax plans that would substantially increase the national debt over the next 10 years." The analysis goes on to say: "Neither candidate's plan would significantly increase economic growth unless offset by spending cuts or tax increases that the campaigns have not specified." ___ THE SPIN: "Here's what I'll do. Cut taxes for every working family making less than $200,000 a year. Give businesses a tax credit for every new employee that they hire right here in the U.S. over the next two years and eliminate tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. Help homeowners who are making a good faith effort to pay their mortgages, by freezing foreclosures for 90 days. And just like after 9-11, we'll provide low-cost loans to help small businesses pay their workers and keep their doors open. " THE FACTS: His proposals — the tax cuts, the low-cost loans, the $15 billion a year he promises for alternative energy, and more — cost money, and the country could be facing a record $1 trillion deficit next year. Indeed, Obama recently acknowledged — although not in his commercial — that: "The next president will have to scale back his agenda and some of his proposals."
Asked By: roxy - 10/30/2008
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The truth is not of interest to his people. that's the only reason he's as far as he is now.
Answered By: Lilly M - 10/30/2008
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Nope! I knew better, I spent my time soaking in a nice bath.
Answered By: Not Voting Obama - 10/30/2008
*Yawning* I was wowed. You can quote right wing nuts all you like. Just make sure you call the man Mr. President on the 5th.
Answered By: Juicy SuperStar - 10/30/2008
I would not support the networks Nealson ratings and watch that garbage, Obamas not worth 30 minutes or 30 seconds of my time...I trust my gut more than my eyes anyways :)
Answered By: feel so sad for obama tools - 10/30/2008
The event in itself did not exactly 'wow' me. I'm an Obama supporter, and I have been throughout these events. So obviously it wouldn't have much effect on me, considering I couldn't support him much more... More
Answered By: Edwardo The Great - 10/30/2008
i think both candidates are proposing all this stuff to make the people happy u know. Americans have to have something to look forward to. In my opinion, the government needs to cut back on non-progressive programs so we can get rid of our deficit. Then we can start making promises to the people.
Answered By: wtf - 10/30/2008
NO...frankly, I went upstairs and cranked on Radio Havana Cuba on the shortwave set(49 meter band for the record)and listened to "authentic" socialist/communist/marxist propaganda...why settle for a wanna be???
Answered By: Joe F - 10/30/2008
It was heartwarming!
Answered By: KK - 10/30/2008
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