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Barack Obama flip-flops on PAYGO
Posted by: Jon Henke on Saturday, August 04, 2007

Barack Obama, the politician who...

  • ...wanted to "change the game", who wanted to restore "faith" in government.


  • ...promised to "restore a law that was in place during the Clinton presidency—called Paygo—that prohibits money from leaving the treasury without some way of compensating for the lost revenue."


  • ...twice voted for PAYGO measures when Republicans were in power.


  • ..."strongly supports and has voted for commonsense “Pay As You Go,” or “PayGo” rules, which would require any new increases in discretionary spending to be offset by a reduction in other areas of spending."


...is now a candidate for President, so...


Barack Obama, the politician, has just had a miraculous change of heart at Yearly Kos...
Obama says he's not going to sacrifice his domestic priorities for deficit reduction. Universal health care, renewable energy, and all he rest won't be sacrificed on the altar of PAYGO.
So, you know, never mind.


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Somebody needs to put Barack on a political suicide watch.
 
Written By: jpm100
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Just curious, but have any of the other candidates agreed to honor paygo?

Does Giuliani’s 15k tax credit for healthcare fit into our nonexistent budget surplus?

As appealing as it might be for a candidate to say that they won’t actually do anything they promise unless we have surpluses, they may as well as say they won’t be do anything... which of course, might be the best thing anyway.

I’d file this under, "caught between past votes and future promises."

Cap

 
Written By: Captin Sarcastic
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This hasn’t bin the greatest week for Obama to say the least and I’ll guess the flip-flopping won’t be his biggest problem come November 4 2008 – but it could be for others...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htKGhe_BGV4&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fidioten%2Eblogspot%2Ecom%2F

 
Written By: Jon Herstad
URL: http://idioten.blogspot.com
Just curious, but have any of the other candidates agreed to honor paygo?
I doubt it. Here’s a good rule of thumb: politicians only support PAYGO when they want to stop the other party’s spending/tax cuts. When they have spending/tax cuts on the line, PAYGO suddenly ceases to be, as Obama caled it, "commonsense".

I say we skip all these pledges that politicians take when running for office, and replace it with a very simply one: every politician must lay out the categorical imperative behind votes, criticisms and excuses.

It would help navigate the constant stream of hypocrisy that marks DC, where politicos take positions this week that are diametrically opposed to positions they took the previous week. Most embarrassingly, pundits, reporters and observers appear to be completely unaware of those flips.
 
Written By: Jon Henke
URL: http://QandO.net
I understand Mr. Jon,

But I would really like to hear a politician once say "I messed up, I believed in what I voted for but it was a mistake." Now the hard part, it be the truth.
 
Written By: SkyWatch
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A politician changes his or her mind based on polls and electability?

Next you’ll be telling me water is wet, the sky is blue, and Carrot Top is ugly.

Seriously, though. This is what today’s politician is. It’s not just Obama and the Democrats, the Republicans are just as guilty. Even Fred is going to have his share of flip-flopping.

The biggest concern I have is that everyone knows this yet is so tied into partisanship that they do nothing about. The whole population has seen the man behind the curtain but prefers to keep talking to the "wizard".
 
Written By: Robb Allen
URL: http://blog.robballen.com
I dropped out of "real world" politics in 1985 because, working in DC, I was sickened by the power games and the lack of principle. I worked for a Republican Senator, but I didn’t see much difference between the parties in terms of integrity and a desire for power. Sure, there were true, principled idealists around, but the culture was one which to me seemed to based on a lust for power. I couldn’t live that life style, and I remember at that time being very cynical of the state of American politics. I’d say now it’s ten times worse. The rhetoric is shrill, but the man behind the curtain isn’t the voter, but big contributors. Unless something changes soon, I don’t like the path we’re on right now.
 
Written By: Scott Erb
URL: http://faculty.umf.maine.edu/~erb/blog.htm

 
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