Friday, September 5, 2008

Obama Weekend Special

"Lies, lies, lies, ye-eah!
(They're gonna get ya!)
Lies, lies, lies, ye-eah!
Lies, lies, lies, ye-eah!"
-- Thompson Twins, "Lies"

Promises, dedication, -- and betrayal. Love? My 80s nostalgia kicking in? No, I'm talking about politicians, and the lies politicians tell.

This weekend, we're going to explore the lies of Barack Obama. Not just differences of interpretation, but palpable, proven lies. Swamper Eric Blair pointed out one obvious lie by Obama, put into the news by the Associated Stenographers, er, Associated Press, and noted by the National Review. Obama lied that the Republican National Convention hasn't discussed economics. (I'll post some examples later this weekend where it did).

No doubt Obama supporters would call this a non-story, a molehill that doesn't relate to policy issues. Any manipulation to divert attention from the fact that Obama blatantly lied about a fact that can be easily determined.
But an impartial search for truth shouldn't be intimidated by propagandists who want you to focus only on the candidates they oppose.

So as part of my look at political lying in this season's crop of candidates, let's see more examples of blatant Obama lying. Post your nominations in the comments, and let's have at them.

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Here is my take on the Obama lie Eric Blair pointed out. First, the lie, bold text mine:

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Thursday that Republicans at their national convention are attacking him to avoid talking about the sagging economy and housing problems.

"You're hearing an awfully lot about me — most of which is not true — but you're not hearing a lot about you," Obama said. "You haven't heard a word about how we're going to deal with any aspect of the economy that is affecting you and your pocketbook day-to-day. Haven't heard a word about it. I'm not exaggerating. Literally, two nights, they have not said a word about it."

Now, the debunking.

Remember, Obama can't be excused on the grounds of being rhetorical. Obama said he was not exaggerating.

As the convention speech transcripts show, considerably more than a word was said about how to deal with the economy.

From Sarah Palin's convention speech Wednesday: Bold test that shows the Obama lie mine:

When a hurricane strikes in the Gulf of Mexico, this country should not be so dependent on imported oil that we are forced to draw from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

And families cannot throw away more and more of their paychecks on gas and heating oil.

With Russia wanting to control a vital pipeline in the Caucasus, and to divide and intimidate our European allies by using energy as a weapon, we cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers.

To confront the threat that Iran might seek to cut off nearly a fifth of world energy supplies ... or that terrorists might strike again at the Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia ... or that Venezuela might shut off its oil deliveries ... we Americans need to produce more of our own oil and gas.

And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: we've got lots of both.

Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America's energy problems - as if we all didn't know that already.

But the fact that drilling won't solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all.

Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we're going to lay more pipelines ... build more new-clear plants ... create jobs with clean coal ... and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources.

We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers.

Now from Rudy Giuliani's speech Wednesday night, again, bold that proves the Obama lie is mine:

John McCain will lower taxes so our economy can grow. He'll reduce government to strengthen our dollar. He'll expand free trade so we can be more competitive. And he will lead us to energy independence so we can be free of foreign oil. And -- and he'll do it with an all-of-the-above approach, including nuclear power and, yes, offshore oil drilling. . .

This and a lot more is the kind of change that will create growth, jobs and prosperity, not what they want to do: tax us more, increase the size of government, increase tariffs, hurt jobs, send jobs elsewhere.

Fred "Mr. Excitement" Thompson, on Tuesday:

We need a president who understands that you don't make citizens prosperous by making Washington richer -- and you don't -- and you don't lift an economic downturn by imposing one of the largest tax increases in American history.

Now, our opponents tell us not to worry about their tax increases. They tell you they're not going to tax your family. No, they're just going to tax "businesses." So, unless you buy something from a business, like groceries or clothes or gasoline --or unless you get a paycheck from a business, a big business or a small business, don't worry, it's not going to affect you! They say they're not going to take any water out of your side of the bucket, just the other side of the bucket! That's their idea of tax reform.

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Obama could and will argue that the Republicans' ideas on the economy are wrong. But they were discussed in the convention, with far more than a word.

Stubborn facts don't matter much to politicians like Obama, when they get in the way of a good story.

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