Obama Will Say and Do Anything

American Thinker

Lying.   Dissembling.  Peddling half-truths.  Redefining words.  Taking  credit for something in which he had no part.  Those words/phrases describe  what President Barack Hussein Obama has said or done and is now saying or  doing.

  • Lying: “Big Oil”  and Lobbying

“Big  Oil” has become a favorite Obama target.  On March 29, 2012, Obama  said, “Congress up until this point has thought it was a good idea to send  billions more of your tax dollars to the oil industry.”  Obama appealed to  Congress to “stand with the American people” and vote to end subsidies to the  oil and gas industry.  But there is one problem: “Big Oil” receives tax  incentives.  In no sense can what “Big Oil” receives be called a  subsidy — the sending of “billions more of your tax dollars to the oil  industry.”  Further, the incentives (sometimes referred to as tax breaks)  are available to any US company.

On  November 10, 2007, candidate Obama said, “I am in this race to tell the  corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are  over.  They have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House,  and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am  president.”

The  Obama administration recently hired former lobbyist Steve  Ricchetti, a registered federal lobbyist for nearly a decade, to serve as  counselor to Vice President Joe Biden.

Although  Obama signed an executive order codifying this pledge on his first full day in office, the administration has made use  of a loophole in the order that permits waivers for former lobbyists to  serve.  In some cases, the administration has hired former lobbyists  without a waiver.

The  Obama administration’s argument  for ObamaCare had been that it will initially increase costs and  deficits.  But it pays for itself, the administration says, in the long run  because it reduces costs in coming decades.  However, the CBO says that in  its second decade, ObamaCare significantly increases health care costs,  increasing deficits even more than in the first decade.

Obama’s  own first-decade numbers were built on arithmetic trickery.  New taxes to support the health care plan began in 2011, but  the benefits part of the program doesn’t begin until 2015.  That excess  revenue is one-time-only, making the first-decade numbers look artificially low,  but once you pass 2015, the yearly deficits become larger and  eternal.

Regarding  oil, Obama  has said numerous times, “With only 2% of the world’s oil reserves, we can’t  just drill our way to lower gas prices, not when we consume 20% of the world’s  oil.”  It turns out President Obama’s statement is not entirely  accurate.

The  2% figure Obama uses refers to proved  oil reserves and greatly undercounts how much oil the U.S. actually  has.  In fact, far from being oil-poor, the country has vast quantities of  oil — enough to meet all the country’s oil needs for hundreds of years.   The U.S. has 22.3 billion barrels of proven reserves, which is a little less  than 2 percent of the entire world’s proven reserves, but proven reserves are a  small subset of recoverable resources because they count only the oil that  companies are currently drilling for in existing fields.

When  you look at the whole picture, it turns out that there are vast supplies of oil  in the U.S. according to various government reports.  The U.S. has 60 times  more oil than Obama claims.

  •   Peddling Half-Truths: Auto Industry Loan Repayment and Domestic Oil  Production

While  technically true, General Motors (GM) did, indeed, pay its government bailout  loan early.  How GM accomplished that feat had nothing to do with  earnings, management, or sales.  GM did it by taking Troubled Asset Relief  Program (TARP) money to pay off the bailout loan, and now it must pay off the  TARP money.  Overall,  GM’s debt remained the same.

This  is how GM and the Obama administration used a PR gimmick to fool the American  public in hopes of winning some favor.  All of these shenanigans were going  on while Obama hailed  auto industry’s comeback.

Senator  Charles Grassley (R-IA) wrote in April 2010: “The taxpayers are still on the  hook, and whether TARP funds are ultimately recovered depends entirely on the  government’s ability to sell GM stock in the future.  Treasury has merely  exchanged a legal right to repayment for an uncertain hope of sharing in the  future growth of GM.  A debt-for-equity swap is not a repayment,” Grassley  wrote, referring to the $60-plus-billion loan which the Obama administration  allowed GM to convert to an “unsecured” “security.”

And  here is a bit of news that you will not hear from Obama or the MSM.  The  Detroit News reported in February 2012 that the U.S. Treasury now says it has lost  an extra $170 million in the auto industry bailout because the price of GM  stock has fallen 35% from its high.

And,  by the way, while Obama, his administration, and the MSM hail TARP money  payback, how  it was done is, at best, a half-truth.

On  March 22, 2012, in Boulder City, NV, Obama  said, “We’re going to continue to produce oil and gas at a record  pace.”  In another speech, he said, “Under my administration, America is producing  more oil today than at any time in the last eight years.”

Again,  what he said is technically true, but while domestic oil production may have  increased under Obama, it has absolutely nothing to do with his policies.   Again, Obama is telling a half-truth.  Approximately 96% of the total increase in domestic oil  production between 2007 and 2011 occurred on non-federal land, which Obama does  not control.  Not only did almost all of the production take place on land  beyond the Obama administration’s control, but it decreased on land within his  control.

So,  yes, he was truthful, but not completely truthful.  Are we being generous  to credit him with half the truth?

  •   Redefining Words: “Subsidy” and “Fair”

One  of the favorite words Obama likes to throw around is “subsidy.”   A bill, the Close  Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act, introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ),  Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) — a bill that Obama favored  — purports to “put an end to the unfair tax subsidies that only benefit Big  Oil’s bottom line[.]”  Further, they say the bill “will put an end to  taxpayer handouts to the 5 largest oil companies making record  profits.”

Obama,  while in Boulder City, NV, said, “The current members of the Flat Earth Society  in Congress, they would rather see us continue to provide $4 billion in tax  subsidies, tax giveaways to the oil companies.”  Isn’t it rather ironic  that the word “subsidy” is being redefined in view of Solyndra, Beacon Power,  and Ener1?  It appears that, in light of Obama’s failed “green energy”  policy, he is trying to hide behind his redefinition of the  word.

Another  of Obama’s favorite words to redefine is “fair”  (adjective).”  While speaking at Osawatomie, KS, in December, 2011, he called for rich to  “pay their fair share.”  If we are supposed to be fair, to play by the same  set of rules, why do we need 30-plus “czars” to exercise powers over Americans  who have committed no crimes?  If we’re all going to be fair, to play by  the same rules now, does that mean that Obama’s buddies are going to return  their ObamaCare waivers?

The  central concept of liberal and socialist thought, the progressive  tax system, is founded on the concept of treating people  “unfairly.”  Obama didn’t speak of the huge number of “unfair” rules  designed to penalize activities of which the government disapproves, or about  subsidies received by activities of which the government does  approve.

I  guess “fair” depends entirely upon how Obama defines, or redefines,  it.

  •   Taking credit for something in which he had no part: Keystone XL Pipeline,  Fracking, Killing Osama bin Laden

Obama  was in Cushing, OK on Thursday, March 22, 2012, to “fast-track” the southern  portion of the Keystone XL pipeline.  TransCanada, the company behind the  Keystone XL Pipeline, announced that it will build the southern half of the  pipeline and does  not need Obama’s approval.

So  what Obama did was make a photo-op of a private company’s project that was going  to be built anyway.  You will remember that in January 2012, Obama blocked  the northern portion of the pipeline — the part that does need his  approval.  Obama’s attempt to take credit for a pipeline he blocked and  against which he personally lobbied Congress is staggering in its  disingenuousness.

In  his State of the Union speech  on January 24, 2012, Obama said, “And by the way, it was public research  dollars, over the course of 30 years, that helped develop the technologies to  extract all this natural gas out of shale rock – reminding us that government  support is critical in helping businesses get new energy ideas off the  ground.”

Rep.  Darrell Issa (R-CA), when questioning Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary  Steven Chu, asked, “The president took two pieces of credit in his State of the  Union that I wanted to just question you on factually.  First of all, he  said the Department of Energy created fracking.  He took credit for that in  the State of the Union.  My understanding is fracking was created 60 years  ago.”  Chu replied, “It’s absolutely true that there were earlier ventures  in the fracking [technology].”  He said DOE invested in the technology from  1978 until about 1992, but then “got out.”

Regarding  the killing of Osama bin Laden, Obama  said, “[s]hortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director  of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our  war against al-Qaeda[.]”  That statement was followed by a bunch of “I”  sentences.  “I was briefed … I met repeatedly … I determined today …  at my direction, the United States launched…”  Former President George W.  Bush is not mentioned until Obama noted that Bush had made clear that this was  not a war against Islam.

Obama  never said anything about the CIA, the Navy SEALs, or the efforts of the Bush  administration.  Obama clearly built on efforts initiated during the Bush  administration.  It is true that ultimately Obama had to make the final  decision on whether to proceed, but he may have given a bit more public credit  to his predecessor.

I  have highlighted just a few of Obama’s words/sayings/tactics. I’m quite sure you  can easily expand on my effort.

Obama’s  actions will only intensify as November 2012 draws near.  The most  disheartening part is that the MSM rarely, if ever, says anything about what  comes from Obama’s mouth or what he does.

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