Think Freely Media presents Common Sense with Paul Jacob

Like the rest of us, politicians can honestly change their mind about an issue.

But when a presidential candidate “firmly” pledges to, say, never act to raise taxes of any kind on families earning less than $250,000 a year, and then reneges, that doesn’t quite count. And then when, soon after being elected, the politician pretends that his earlier pledge doesn’t mean what it plainly meant — or even pretends that he never made the pledge at all — one suspects that the original promise was really a fib, a falsehood. From the get-go.

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos given last September during the health care debate, Barack Obama tried to escape his no-new-taxes pledge by asserting that the new taxes that would be imposed on Americans declining to buy health insurance under his health care plan would not in fact be taxes. With a straight face, Obama even disputed the dictionary definition of “tax” that Stephanopoulos recited to him.

Now we’re hearing from an administration official that the president never even made the pledge. According to White House Budget Director Peter Orszag, it was merely an expression of a “preference.” We’ll have to wait until a bipartisan commission (on how to tax us more) finishes its work before we learn whether it will be viable for Obama to hew to that “preference.”

Meanwhile, those who prefer truth can view the video proof of an actual pledge on YouTube.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

By: Redactor


  1. Drik says:

    `When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

    Guess presbo is smoking the same stuff that Lewis Carroll was.

    Not going to play that game of having words mean just what you think they mean.

  2. Paul Jacob says:

    Nice reference, Drik. Thanks.

  3. bruce stark says:

    I believe every presidential candidate makes a promise of no new takes. Remember “Read my lips?”

  4. Linda says:

    This whatever you want to call him did not honor our young boys and girls who went to their death for their country, he the slimeball went on vacation, he is a big nothing a coward cheat liar etc,etc, i canot stand looking at him because when i do i see a big nothing.

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