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Wednesday, 29 June, 2011

Obama’s Pants Catch On Fire
(with comments)

At PolitiFact: President Barack Obama claims his regulatory review is unprecedented.

pantsonfire "What I have done -- and this is unprecedented, by the way; no administration has done this before -- is I've said to each agency, 'Don't just look at current regulations or don't just look at future regulations, regulations that we're proposing. Let's go backwards and look at regulations that are already on the books and if they don't make sense, let's get rid of them.'"

As it turns out:

In fact, a U.S. Government Accountability Office report on July 16, 2007, states that, "Every president since President Carter has directed agencies to evaluate or reconsider existing regulations."

Obama claims that his administration is doing something unprecedented -- "no administration has done this before," he said -- by having each agency review existing regulations, with an eye toward eliminating ones that don't make sense. Lots of presidents have done that. We rate Obama's statement Pants On Fire.

Change? Same as it ever was. All politicians are liars.


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  1. By Doug. Comment posted 29-Jun-2011 @07:13pm:
    It's unprecedented this decade.
  2. By LandStander. Comment posted 29-Jun-2011 @07:14pm:
    Maybe it is unprecedented? I don't know a lot about different types of federal internal audits, so I really can't judge.
  3. By J-Walk. Comment posted 29-Jun-2011 @07:19pm:
    so I really can't judge.

    Maybe it's time we stop giving this president the benefit of the doubt.

    He's turning out to be a cowardly wimp that has very little in common with the Obama we saw on the campaign trail.
  4. By deciBelcat. Comment posted 29-Jun-2011 @07:47pm:
    ... very little in common with the Obama we saw on the campaign trail.


    The same can be said of almost all of the elected federal officials.
  5. By J-Walk. Comment posted 29-Jun-2011 @08:18pm:
    The same can be said of almost all of the elected federal officials.

    Exactly. So why do we even bother?

    Remember all of those Dem primaries? We had Hillary Clinton and Obama arguing over minuscule aspects of their health care plans. As it turns out, it was all completely meaningless. It all boils down to politics and power plays. We, the people, are being taken for a ride.
  6. By Spokane Mary. Comment posted 29-Jun-2011 @10:40pm:
    We, the people,

    Bait.
  7. By Gary. Comment posted 30-Jun-2011 @05:35am:
    a cowardly wimp, This is a list of Omama accomplishments in his first two years. I don't like that he caved on the healthcare public option and on extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy that did nothing in Bush's term to create jobs. And, I'm looking for him to cave on the plan for debit reduction. But, given the alternative, I would still vote the same way.

    http://www.blueoregon.com/2010/12/obamas-accomplishments/
  8. By Evil Klown. Comment posted 30-Jun-2011 @05:44am:
    J-Walk: It all boils down to politics and power plays. We, the people, are being taken for a ride.

    Simple, succinct, true. And this is why I'd rather the federal government didn't do much driving. They've been children on a joyride for the last 50-70 years but it seems they've learned to drink and drive lately.
  9. By meg_mac. Comment posted 30-Jun-2011 @06:45am:
    Change? Same as it ever was. All politicians are liars.

    Anyone who opts out of the vote can't really be taken seriously when they opine.
  10. By RikS. Comment posted 30-Jun-2011 @07:23am:
    I'd take Obama over Boehner or McConnell or Bachmann any day. Obviously being president is a near impossible job. Just remembering whether they are coming or going isn't easy
  11. By RikS. Comment posted 30-Jun-2011 @01:49pm:
    There are some things that are best left to government. Social Security and Medical Insurance are among them. The financial and insurance industries have shown us that they cannot do these things without taking excessive profits. We just have to give the government enough money to do these.
  12. By Evil Klown. Comment posted 30-Jun-2011 @02:13pm:
    RikS: There are some things that are best left to government.

    Yes, the framers of the constitution thought so. As a result they enumerated these within the document for the federal government. Amazingly they forgot to include social security and medical insurance. Must have been an oversight.

    Madison: (Federalist 45)
    The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.

    Hey, I think your take home pay is "excessive." By the way, after the "well-qualified government" has taxed you for 40-50 years for your social security, try leaving the rest to your kids if you die early. Meanwhile, if you had bought the insurance from a private company, you'd get twice as much and you could leave it to your kids.
  13. By meg_mac. Comment posted 30-Jun-2011 @02:17pm:
    Using that social security yet EK? Better hurry or your kids won't get it. Or maybe the republicans will take it.
  14. By RikS. Comment posted 30-Jun-2011 @02:43pm:
    EK
    we already tried that pre-SS. It doesn't work. You end up with multitudes of poverty. Many private companies are just too greedy. The amount you get from SS won't make you wealthy but it's steady. It stabilizes the working dog's retirement.
  15. By Spokane Mary. Comment posted 30-Jun-2011 @06:16pm:
    Meanwhile, if you had bought the insurance from a private company, you'd get twice as much and you could leave it to your kids.

    Unless something unforeseen like a few hundred thousand dollar's worth of chemotherapy, hospitalization, rehab facility expenses/caregivers and other medical bills intervened and took the money you'd saved, EK, you knucklehead.

    Do you seriously believe - honestly, now - that if you hadn't had to be paying your social security tax all these years you would have saved enough money to get you through your old age and death and that of your spouse so that you'd have something left to leave your kids?

    Boy, are you naive.

    And just for the record, you can't get any assistance from the State if you have life insurance or own more than a few thousand dollar's worth of personal property.

    If you're going to do it yourself, you'd better be damn good at it - and start early.
  16. By wok. Comment posted 01-Jul-2011 @05:31am:
    If he gets re-elected, tho - whoa nelly.
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