For the last 4 years, Politifact has been keeping track President Obama’s campaign promises from the 2008 election. Using what they’ve dubbed the “Obamameter,” they’ve established that the president has kept 47% of his previous election promises, compromised on 26%, broken 23% and 18% of those are still in the works.
According to Politifact:
Obama fared best in the areas of education and health care. He kept 54 percent of his education promises and 48 percent on health care. Most of those were muscled through Congress with the economic stimulus and health care law, which passed when Democrats controlled the House and Senate in the first half of Obama’s term. He also kept a promise to end the war in Iraq, an issue that dominated the 2008 campaign.
Still, Obama failed to keep 119 or nearly one-fourth of his promises, including many high-profile ones such as his pledges to close the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to create a cap-and-trade system to combat global warming and his vow to “bring Democrats and Republicans together to pass an agenda.”
A lot of critics will say that sites, such as Politifact, will always be more liberal than others and biased when it comes to praising the president, but facts are facts.
Here are a few of the promises kept and broken:
Create a foreclosure prevention fund for homeowners
Promise Broken – Obama has funded foreclosure prevention programs, but they haven’t worked.
Repeal the Bush tax cuts for higher incomes
Compromise – Obama said he would support higher tax rates for people making more than $250,000 (couples) or $200,000 (single people). He reached a compromise deal at the beginning of the year to raise taxes on those making $450,000 (couples) or $400,000 (single people).
End the use of torture
Promise Kept – Human rights advocates agree that those practices have stopped, at least as far as official action goes. We’ve found no evidence to the contrary. (Obama may be still torturing, according very reliable and credible sources.)
Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center
Promise Broken – Obama has tried to close the detention center for terrorist suspects in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But Congress has put up roadblocks.
Provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants
In the Works – Obama didn’t get this done in his first term, but he vows to move forward on it this year.
Create new financial regulations
Promise Kept – Obama signed a major overhaul of the finance industry into law in 2010, including a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau aimed at helping average Americans.
Sign a “universal” health care bill
Promise Kept – It’s not Single Payer, somehow passing the old Republican plan from the Bob Dole years, which amounts to 30 million new customers to for-profit, greedy insurance companies and BIG PHARMA but at least if I get the flu, I can see a doctor …
Create cap-and-trade system with interim goals to reduce global warming
Promise Broken – No one cares about the environment until it directly affects her backyard, so with the absence of outcry, don’t expect Obama to have any political will.
Cut the cost of a typical family’s health insurance premium by up to $2,500 a year
Promise Broken – This will be very hard to do if Republicans and Democrats continue to receive lobbying money from BIG PHARMA and health insurance companies.
Bring Democrats and Republicans together to pass an agenda
Promise Broken – Partisanship rages.
The next 4 years will more than likely be another uphill battle for President Obama, although 47% is a pretty high percentage, it’s still not perfect. But is perfection something that can be obtained?