It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that Obama is a hypocrite, after all most politicians are. However, what makes Obama’s hypocrisy especially hypocritical was his alleged intent to quash the “politics of the past.” So much for that.
So far in his presidency Obama has been Bush-lite. He’s upheld basically the same foreign policy plan, with the exception of being a little less buddy-buddy with Israel, and his economic plan of bailouts and stimulus was influenced by Bush’s response to the economic crisis.
However, Obama has side stepped on another front as well, a much more important front in my opinion. During the campaign he promised that bills would be online for review by the public a full five days before the bill was signed into law. I assume this was so the public could catch any irregularities and then call Washington to see if they’d fix it. Of course, Washington doesn’t usually pick up the phone, and when they do they usually find a reason not to listen to the caller.
Unfortunately, many people were duped by this unrealistic utopia of government, and not surprisingly Obama hasn’t upheld his promise. At least the intention to pass legislation that the people approved of and that was complete and necessary was good.
But Obama seems to be abandoning that cry from the campaign trail. Not only hasn’t he forgot about the public review he promised, he’s also endorsed, twice now, legislation that was rammed through Congress without being so much as read.
During his radio address this week Obama praised the passage of the Waxman-Markey bill through the House. The over 1,200 page bill was passed without even being read and a 300 page amendment was tacked on early in the morning. As a matter of fact, only a few hours before the bill was passed there wasn’t even a current version in the House chamber. But Obama clearly endorsed the passage and called on the Senate to do the same.
“My call to every senator, as well as to every American, is this,” he said. “We cannot be afraid of the future. And we must not be prisoners of the past. Don’t believe the misinformation out there that suggests there is somehow a contradiction between investing in clean energy and economic growth.”
Ya know what Obama, don’t call on me to do anything. I’m not afraid of the future, I’m afraid of this bill, and so should every American who enjoys being employed.
And the “misinformation out there?” Please, if you’re going to call something misinformation please provide information that is “correct” or “accurate.”
This bill will force massive costs down the throats of businesses and consumers. Instead of praising the passage of a bill that wasn’t even read, Obama should be condemning Congress for their blatant disregard for what’s right for the American people. He should be urging them to pass complete and necessary legislation that has been fully debated, not a hastily made 1,200 page toilet paper roll.
Please Obama, take a look at some of your speeches on the campaign trail and at least try to follow through on something you promised.