Obama’s lying again, which is always fascinating, because his lies fall into the “who are you going to believe — me or your lying eyes?” category. That is, it’s not as if he has a guilty little secret, and is lying. Nor is it a simple he said/she said scenary, in which you know one is lying, but don’t know which one. Instead, Obama just absolutely, completely and blatantly denies his previous on-the-record statements. I’ve blogged on this extensively, with this post standing as a good example.
Obama’s latest blatant lies concern his promises regarding the stimulus. Karl Rove meticulously documents lie after lie:
Mr. Obama is attempting to lower expectations retroactively, saying in an op-ed in Sunday’s Washington Post that his stimulus “was, from the start, a two-year program.” That is misleading. Mr. Obama never said if his stimulus were passed things might still get significantly worse in the following year.
In February, Mr. Obama said this about the goals of his stimulus package: “I think my initial measure of success is creating or saving four million jobs.” He later explained the stimulus’s $787 billion would “go directly to . . . generating three to four million new jobs.” And his Council of Economic Advisors issued an official analysis showing that the unemployment rate would top out in the third quarter of this year at just over 8%.
That quarter began on July 1, and unemployment is now 9.5%, up from 7.6% when Mr. Obama took office. There are 2.6 million fewer Americans working than there were on the day Mr. Obama was sworn in. The president says now that unemployment will exceed 10% this year, and his advisers say it will remain high through much of next year.
Earlier this year, Mr. Obama assured us that most of the stimulus money “will go out the door immediately.” But it hasn’t. Only about 7.7% of the stimulus has been spent in the six months since its passage, and more of it will be spent in the program’s last eight years than in its first year. So now the president claims he said something different. “We also knew that it would take some time for the money to get out the door,” Mr. Obama said in his weekly radio address on Saturday.
Karl Rove isn’t the only one who is mad at the lies. Steve Schippert went ballistic with the latest rounds. Since he’s away from blog, Rick, at Brutally Honest, published his right-on-the-money rant about the hectoring, dishonest Manchurian candidate in the White House.
Obama is a big fan of Lincoln. He would do well to remember Lincoln’s words: “You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.”