Tonight we will have to endure another Obama State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. I had in mind to suggest a drinking game based on the Occupier in Chief's lies and half truths but I'm afraid hospitals all over the country would be overwhelmed with cases of alcohol poisoning and liver failures. It did however give me the idea to go back and take another look at fibs in O's previous addresses to Congress. I was dumbfounded as I read, to list all his whoppers would require a book, but let's examine some of the highlights.
In his first State of the Union address in 2009 we got these doozies. Speaking about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the precedent President stated:
"Over the next two years, this plan will save or create 3.5 million jobs. More than 90% of these jobs will be in the private sector - jobs rebuilding our roads and bridges; constructing wind turbines and solar panels; laying broadband and expanding mass transit."
In March of this past year, the Pravda of the Obama administration otherwise known as the New York Times had to admit that after all the spending from the ARRA, instead of saving or creating 3.5 million jobs, we lost an additional 2 million.
He then talked about the dangers of growing the deficit, this was kind of like Rosie O'Donnell extolling the virtues of charm school.
"There is, of course, another responsibility we have to our children. And that is the responsibility to ensure that we do not pass on to them a debt they cannot pay. With the deficit we inherited, the cost of the crisis we face, and the long-term challenges we must meet, it has never been more important to ensure that as our economy recovers, we do what it takes to bring this deficit down."
This from the man who has added more debt to our children's future serfdom than any past President.
"Yesterday, I held a fiscal summit where I pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office. My administration has also begun to go line by line through the federal budget in order to eliminate wasteful and ineffective programs. As you can imagine, this is a process that will take some time. But we're starting with the biggest lines. We have already identified two trillion dollars in savings over the next decade."
I defy anyone, to find one single item other than the military that this President has asked to be cut.
In 2010 the jug eared elocutionist really encouraged us to have a "willing suspension of disbelief" with these little myths.
"Starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years. Spending related to our national security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will not be affected. But all other discretionary government programs will. Like any cash-strapped family, we will work within a budget to invest in what we need and sacrifice what we don't. And if I have to enforce this discipline by veto, I will."
Yes Virginia, he really said that. Of course he didn't really believe it, and neither did we. But he wasn't through yet with his proboscis growing statements. He then cut loose with this little gem on lobbyists.
"That's what I came to Washington to do. That's why -- for the first time in history -- my administration posts on our White House visitors online. That's why we've excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs, or seats on federal boards and commissions."
The fact is there are more unrecorded visitors to the White House these days than to a cheap New Orleans whore house. And they have a little work-around to the visitor logs anyway. They just get together at the satellite offices with the folks they don't want us to know they are meeting with. This administration also has plenty of lobbyists on the payroll.
Last year Obama not only continued to grow the deficit, he also grew the "deficit of trust" of the American people. First he went back to his support of freezing spending.
"So tonight, I am proposing that starting this year, we freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years. Now, this would reduce the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade, and will bring discretionary spending to the lowest share of our economy since Dwight Eisenhower was President."
Of course we know he has gone back and asked for debt ceiling increases twice since then. And then, he pushed another recycled lie.
"Because you deserve to know when your elected officials are meeting with lobbyists, I ask Congress to do what the White House has already done -- put that information online."
So we face another Obama State of the Union address this week, and there will no doubt be a plethora of lies and half truths spilled forth from the teleprompter during it. But in the interest of public safety, if you must play a drinking game based on these fables, make the shots small.