Has Obama kept a single campaign promise?

“As Social Security emerged as a target in White House budget negotiations, Sen. Bernie Sanders insisted that the retirement program must not be cut as part of any deficit reduction deal. ‘Let us be clear,’ Sanders said. ‘Social Security has not contributed one nickel to our deficit or our national debt.’ The program that benefits more than 50 million seniors and disabled has a $2.6 trillion surplus, he stressed, and will be able to provide full benefits for every eligible American for the next 25 years. ‘I am especially disturbed that President Obama is considering cuts in Social Security after he campaigned against cuts in 2008,’ Sanders added.

Obama made his position clear on Sept. 6, 2008, when he said: ‘John McCain’s campaign has suggested that the best answer for the growing pressures on Social Security might be to cut cost of living adjustments or raise the retirement age. Let me be clear: I will not do either,’ Obama said. ‘The American people expect the president to keep his word,’ Sanders said.”[1]

 

Obama hasn’t closed Guantanamo and people are still being tortured at Bagram[2], the U.S. is bombing at least six Muslim countries that we know of (Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan)[3], and the healthcare bill fiasco in which he had secretly traded away the public option from the beginning[4] very clearly show that he definitely hasn’t changed the way Washington works. If anything he’s made every conceivable pernicious undemocratic influence stronger.

 

And all of that is to say nothing of things like targeted assassinations of American citizens[5] without oversight[6], let alone due process. Gosh, I wish someone had asked him to promise not to try that one!

 

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