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The First Obamise – President Obama Broke a Campaign Promise on Ethics

We are in President Barack Obama’s first full week as President of the United States and he has broken his first promise.  The broken Obama promise shall be termed the “Obamise.”  Hat tip to Politifact.com for the catch. 

Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on Jan. 29, 2009, keeping a longstanding promise to counter a Supreme Court decision that limited workers’ ability to sue for pay discrimination. We moved the Obameter and gave him a Promise Kept.  But we also had to give him his first Promise Broken for the same signing. As part of his agenda to bring more transparency to government, Obama said he would institute “sunlight before signing” —  posting laws to the White House Web site for five days of public comment before he signed off on them.

More from Politifact.com

The Ledbetter Act was passed two days ago, yet the request for public comment was posted after he signed the bill. For that, he earns his first Promise Broken.

From the Obama-Biden campaign web site

Sunlight Before Signing: Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.

No way you can argue that the Lilly Ledbetter bill was an emergency signing.  Obama has broken his first promise and is on the verge of Obamise number 2 with his promise that he would pay for every proposal made during the campaign.  Obama promised to “Jumpstart the Economy” and also promised the reinstitution of Pay-Go rules.  The idea of Pay-Go is to offset any new spending programs with an equivalent cut in spending or increase in taxes to pay for the program.

Remarks of candidate Barack Obama, “Change that Works for You,” Raleigh, NC, June 9, 2008:

Now, contrary to what John McCain may say, every single proposal that I’ve made in this campaign is paid for – because I believe in pay-as-you-go.

The $819 billion plan that passed the House contains no offsets.  Get ready for the next Obamise, if the so called Obama stimulus bill makes it to his desk.

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