10 Biggest Political Lies of 2008

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6. Obama’s Healthcare Plan.

The plan Obama has been promoting has been implemented in Massachusetts. It is a disaster waiting to happen to America. We believe it will be the first major failure of the Obama administration. We think Obama knows it cannot be passed and made the promise knowing the plan would fail.

sarah_palin7. Sarah Palin Lies And Distortions

Before Sarah accepted the opportunity to be John McCain’s VP Candidate, she was an unknown. After the campaign, her name is as memorable as any other candidate. Because she was new to the scene, she had some difficulty with the media and interviews, but the liberals were so desperate to attack her, that when they ran out of anything bordering on the truth, they just made it up as they went along.

Sarah is an accomplished woman. She was not likely qualified to be President of the United States, but has nearly the experience of Obama. She is just not quite as skilled an orator. Most of the farces the media portrayed were lies and distortions.

This was the Sarah Palin Lie.

8. Bush Is To Blame… For Everything

Bush’s primary albatross is the war. There is little to link him to the financial problems we now face other than the deficit which was caused primarily by the war and huge increases in its costs due to the surge in oil. Saudi and OPEC lies were the primary cause of the artificial rise in the price of oil and they openly admit it. Much of the financial problem we face was at the hands of Alan Greenspan, and misguided legislation by Congress that has been in place for decades. One other president was as unpopular as Bush; Lyndon Johnson. And it is no coincidence that it was in the middle of the Vietnam War for which he was blamed.

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9. Withdrawal From Iraq

Obama’s post-election rhetoric on Iraq and choices for national security team have some liberal Democrats even more perplexed. As a candidate, Obama defined and separated himself from his challengers by highlighting his opposition to the war in Iraq from the start. He promised to begin to end the war on his first day in office.

Now Obama says that on his first day in office he will begin a “design a plan for a responsible drawdown,” as he told NBC’s “Meet the Press”. Obama has also filled his national security positions with supporters of the Iraq war: Sen. Hillary Clinton, who voted to authorize force in Iraq, as his secretary of state; and President George W. Bush’s defense secretary, Robert Gates, continuing in the same role. On Iraq, he says he’s just trying to make sure any U.S. pullout doesn’t ignite “any resurgence of terrorism in Iraq that could threaten our interests.”   Wasn’t that McCain’s and Bush’s argument during the campaign?

10. Obama’s tough talk on NAFTA.

naftaIn order to placate blue collar workers, and unions, Obama made many campaign statements against NAFTA. They were lies. Obama knew all along that NAFTA was key to our alliance with Canada and Mexico and any sharp retreat from NAFTA would be an international disaster.

While Obama was making tough talk, he was telling Canada it was all a lie to win the campaign.

And there you have it. If you have comments on these lies, more lies you would like included or you think should displace any of the above, please drop us a comment!

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  1. Vermontah   January 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    1. Correct: Obama’s health plan does not go far enough. The only solution is what the rest of the world takes for granted: Universal single-payer government-run health care. Any other solution is simply a gift to insurance companies.

    2. If you’re telling us that $4-per-gallon gas is all the Saudi’s fault, you are sorely and greviously mistaken. First of all, only a portion of our oil comes from Saudi. Second, the Saudis and the Bushes have a long, long, long, long and intimate relationship. To suggest that the price spike had nothing to do with Bush is absurd on its face.

    3. C’mon. Are you telling us that hybrids are not more fuel efficient that regular engines? LOL!!

    4. Correct. Greenspan was appointed by Ronald Reagan. It is Reagan and fascist oligarch Republicans who are 100% to blame for our situation. Everybody on earth knew that trickle-down economics was a sham and a givaway to the rich. That has now been proven, to the peril of the nation and the world.

    5. True, we are not at the point we were in 1929. It’s more like 1928. Thankfully, with intelligent policy and liberal philosophy and under the care of Barack Obama, we will avoid the abyss.

  2. The Media Thinks You're a Fool   January 5, 2009 at 10:16 am

    This article was obviously set in motion by some moneymen trying to ease their losses and get you to inject what little capital you may have left into their bleeding markets. I never make comments like these because they sound like baseless conspiratorial ramblings, but I had to say something when I read this… it’s simply an insulting article to any American* who has been hit by the ailing economy. Work hard; save up; build your house upon the rock, not the sand.

    Don’t believe the hype.

    *This comment in unquantified and I am unqualified to make it… if you are an American and you believe this spin that HYRBIDS ARE BASICALLY AS EFFICIENT AS 100% FOSSIL-FUELED CARS, then this article is for you!

  3. Candace Raines   January 5, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I came to this list to see what the angle was. I did. “Republicans are catching a a bad rap and Democrats are gonna regret everything.” I get it.

    Sarah Palin went to 5 schools for 6 years to get a JOURNALISM degree but (ironically) couldn’t give a good interview to save her lying, tongue talking, sanctified life. Somehow, somebody sold the idea that the Harvard/Columbia graduate, constitutional law professor, state legislator, lawyer and SENATOR (who was elected to the IL state senate by more people than live in ALASKA) was LESS qualified to serve than the failed sports reporter mayor of 5,000 people and governor of a state the size of Memphis, TN, and some people actually BOUGHT the crap.

    If you believe that hybrids are not better than our current cars, this article is for you.

    If you live in “real America” according to Sarah Palin, this article is for you.

    If you think Hillary Clinton was somehow “attacked” during her primary, this article is for you.

    I’m glad that Obama has resolved to being “your President too” instead of just saying “so what”.

  4. Dave Andersen   January 5, 2009 at 1:58 pm


    1) The healthcare problem we have today in the US is that we currently have a third party payer system, and that is a colossal failure. When you remove the consumer from the price-defining process, then there’s no incentive for providing more efficient delivery of services. (This applies specifically to non-catastrophic care, but the way.) If, instead, we gave consumers the money directly (rather than it going to insurance companies) and let them buy non-catastrophic care services directly, we would provide immediate & dramatic incentive to those providers (doctors, manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies) who provide the same or better products and services for less.

    When health care is instead treated as a “right”–meaning everyone gets equal access–it inevitably results in rationing. See this video for a typical–though on the surface, funny–example of how people have to deal with “universal healthcare”: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/allison_hunt_gets_a_new_hip.html

    More: How many U.S. citizens are without coverage today, against their will? Please make sure you remove non-citizens form the numbers, and those who have access but choose not to purchase coverage (young, singles, for example).

  5. Dave Andersen   January 5, 2009 at 2:13 pm


    2) You claim the price is not related to the Saudi’s, and then, go on to say the price is related to the Saudis….and Bush. In fact, the international futures & commodities markets set the prices, but that is highly dependent upon the reading of the tea leaves” of news, corporate earnings reports, area calamities, etc.

    3) The point was that the TOTAL efficiencies have to be taken into consideration. (a) From a consumer-cost perspective: It costs far more to build a more complicated car, so the better fuel mileage is amortized against a higher initial price. If the observed mileage isn’t as dramatic as previously believed (and the EPA has changed their testing standards to bring hybrid claims closer to what is actual observed mileage), AND when the cost per gallon saved has come down, it take a longer time for the hybrid to pay for itself. (b) Total carbon footprint: Assuming that CO2 is the measure of global impact, we need to consider the additional emissions in the creation of hybrid vehicles. The very expensive batteries in, for example, Toyota hybrids, result in much greater carbon emissions than the production of a normal car; (c) Total pollution: What happens with the highly toxic batteries at EOL of the battery set? What must be done with the batteries if a hybrid is totaled in an accident?

  6. mario   January 6, 2009 at 9:15 am

    who are u people, I am in the industry, IT de regulation was the cause, if you do not watch people or tell them the right way to do things, they do what they want even to their own detriment, look at it, they did not have to report their dealings, to the point that they didn’t even check the risk for their own good, had their been and real monitoring, especially after all the complaints, etc, some of this could have been deterred, but instead the SEC had a hands off approach, removed the net capital rule, (hello unlimited leveraging) bad freaking idea, not to mention the stripping to the depression era regulations one by one over a series of years,, I mean really,

    and Obama’s healthcare plan, is needed, we are so far behind due to the selfishness you display here, we need it before we all die of aids or the plague in 2020, we are less healthy, and aids is spreading fast again. the Bush Administration has rejected all govt day to day operations in favor of war,

    do u really want to live somewhere where you cannot touch anyone, because people cannot afford a doctor 80% are homeless and 90% unemployed and everybody is sick and our doctors are so busy feeding you drugs to suppress symptoms that instead of curing you that new diseases pop up that few if any are qualified to research and cure, see college is out priced for most Americans, and the rich elite, really don’t care allot about public service, so who will serve…..it is too much to review…way too much for a small comment

  7. Lorin   January 6, 2009 at 9:50 am

    This is conservative slander at its best. They couldn’t even accomplish a facade of impartiality.
    Obama’s healthcare plan is too conservative, single payer healthcare would be better than MA’s system. Greenspan was Clinton’s mistake at triangulation. Keeping him was like keeping the leisure suit in fashion.
    I will admit Bush is not completely to blame, and Obama appears pretty weak on NAFTA. Reagan was a shift in American politics that lead to the disparity of income, job loss, and overall dissolution of a decent half century of New Deal economics. I just thought Obama wouldn’t be giving into the Republicans like Clinton did.

  8. ffa   January 6, 2009 at 10:38 am

    …The Toyota Prius gets far better gas mileage than any (production) all gas car. They recycle powerful batteries for cordless tools all the time, so I don’t see why they can’t recycle all-electric-car batteries as well.
    #2. the oil/gas price skyrocket was a classic SPECULATION BUBBLE. The insane irony is that the very people (speculators, the Big Evil 4) who were trying to FLEECE US at the pumps (the Big4 banks, jpm,BoA,citi,G-s were allied with Arab oil states and US/international oil conglomerates to spike those prices as much as humanly possible), are the FIRST IN LINE for BAILOUT BILLIONS – SOCIALISED bailouts from the very victims (consumers/taxpayers) they had been fleecing just weeks before!
    #3. where would electric battery technology be today, if the Insane GOP gave tax-breaks for alternative energy vehicles, instead of to gas-guzzling, no-MPG required truck monsters like the Hummer?
    #4. Richard Mellon was the Treasury Secretary who did nothing to prevent the Great Depression, Mellon believing that lost jobs, poverty, and deflation would bring about “Moral Values” to the ungrateful, scheming masses (or whatever.)
    Just getting started here, but in sum, this…is Right Up There with Rush Limbaugh, as the biggest, most distorted, most convoluted, most entitled … of the year thus far.

  9. boughtaprius   January 6, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    So true about the hybrid cars. I bought a Prius thinking I would recoup the difference in cost on the car in five years, but I ended up having to pay the dealer a premium when gas was north of 3.50.

    At today’s fuel price, I am looking at my entire lifetime before I will recover the difference in cost and feel a bit the fool.

    Now the Toyota dealer I bought them from has them lined up on the lot and can’t get rid of them. Nobody wants them. Go figure.

    My buddy has the Civic I was looking at when I decided on the Prius. Paid $9000 less. It drives better, is quicker and gets only about 10 MPG less than I do. And the tax break I got was a joke.

    Forcing hybrids down people’s throats or making the tax payer subsidize them is a lousy solution to the oil supply problems we never really had. The technology is cool, but it really isn’t what it is cracked up to be.

    I should have saved the $9000 and rode my bike to work.

  10. moderationman   January 6, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    What was great about this article was all the references and links to demonstrate the author did his or her research. I don’t agree with it all, but it leads to a ton of interesting subject material.

    The most disturbing was Obama’s people admitting he was lying about NAFTA. Sad really. Hope the entire campaign doesn’t turn out that way.

  11. Steve Ostrow   January 6, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Funny, my Prius gets average 52 mph over the last 70000 miles. Best car I’ve ever owned. Probably would get better mileage if I didn’t live in a cold climate!

  12. boughtaprius   January 6, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    You miss the point. I get around 45 MPG the way I drive, not 52, but say I got 50 like you. Even at that I would only save about $150 a year on fuel based on 12000 miles per year over my buddy’s Civic. It will take me 40 years to save back the price difference in the car.

    They just aren’t cost effective. Even if you double the price of gas, it takes decades versus cars that can run circles around the Prius.

    It only made sense in the oil price bubble. Now it is stupid.

    Other so-called economical cars like the Ford Escape Hybrid get about 5 MPG better mileage in real driving tests versus their not so green counterparts.

    There are many ways to make cars more fuel efficient. Hybrids are a failure because they are too expensive to make, have battery packs that turn into toxic waste, and that pollute more in the process of manufacturing them. It is a lose lose lose. I won’t buy another unless gas gets to $10 a gallon.

  13. John B   January 8, 2009 at 8:01 am

    The big lie on hybirds (#3) is itself a big lie. Others have disproved the notion that hybrids don’t save net lifetime energy compared to non-hybrids of the same size. But hybrids are often held to the standard of having to make up the ‘extra’ cost in gas savings, which they may or may not do depending on the price of gas. But if one must justify car purchases on economic necessity, tell me how the cost premium of a hummer is justified over say a minivan with the same carrying capacity. Tell me how the premium in cost of a luxury of a jaguar or Porsche pays for it self in dollars. We don’t hold those economically irrational standards to the same criterion.

    On a collective basis, Hybrids help reduce overall oil dependence (and shouldn’t that be a huge value to society, more than style?), and absolutely reduce both carbon and smog related pollution – carbon because they consume and emit less, and conventional, because when they are running on battery, they emit zero. If you are in stop and go traffic, a fleet of hybrids will therefore emit less than even well controlled gasoline vehicles. Do you home work before repackaging these

  14. boughtaprius   January 9, 2009 at 8:29 am

    John B, with all due respect, you need a basic mathematics lesson. Please tell us how hybrids that get 5-10 MPG better than their fossil fuel equivalents save any significant amount of money on fuel.

    Please tell us how the manufacture and disposal of batteries for these cars does not generate more CO2 and toxic waste than the car saves in its lifetime.

    And definitely tell us, based on non-bubble gas prices how soon I will save back the premium I paid of around $9000. My estimate based on today’s prices is 40 years even with the Prius.

    You make random statements about hybrids with no backing whatsoever in your arguments. You say things have been proven, but don’t say how or where. Simple math tells you the Hybrids don’t save money or reduce pollution, even the Prius which is the best of the pack. Many other vehicles using the technology don’t get better gas mileage. I have read numerous articles to this effect and the math backs them up. Similar articles were referenced in this piece; did you bother to read them? Obviously not.

    My Prius has some advantages and has a cool factor. But after owning it for a year and a half, I have no doubt it will never pay for itself and that the technology is not something we should pursue. Electric based cars and hybrids only seem “clean” during normal use. Their manufacture and resulting waste products are anything but “clean”.

    Research says I am much better off just buying a fuel efficient gasoline powered car. Go figure.

  15. moderateman   January 10, 2009 at 11:08 am

    What I love about the comments in response to this article is that there is little argument about the many lies made by the liberals regarding their candidates. The biggest complaint is about the small clip on hybrid cars.

    What this says to me is that the liberals knew that their candidates lied to win the campaign and they don’t care so long as they won.

  16. gofigure   January 14, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Lying is what lie-berals do. It is their entire political approach. Duck the truth, dodge the facts and promise the world.

  17. Jeremy G.   February 6, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    I am adding this to my bookmarks. TY

  18. Ed Hardy   February 11, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Nice post. Most blogs or not very informative. At least I learnt somthing with yours.

  19. DAVE LUCAS   June 3, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Hey Vermontah you might want to get checked out you might be legally retarded…dont worry you have a lot of followers…..dont be a retard all your
    life. It might not be your fault your parents might have retards…..learn the facts and dont be so trusting of your ever so lovely government you dumbfuuuuck

  20. Robert Amezcua   January 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Oh wow! This was a interesting post. I love browsing the internet because I always learn something new! I know a lot of stuff that relates to this.


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