I’ll make our government open and transparent so that anyone can ensure that our business is the people’s business. As Justice Louis Brandeis once said, sunlight is the greatest disinfectant.Last Wednesday night in his State of the Union address president Barry Hussein Soetoro noted a deficit of trust that has developed between him, his Party and the American people. Which is an extraordinary occurrence because he, in his campaign, promised to deliver us from all evil, as it were, he was going to change the way things are done in Washington. He was the Light sent among us that we all might see the error of all political ways prior to himself.
As President, I will make it impossible for Congressmen or lobbyists to slip pork-barrel projects or corporate welfare into laws when no one is looking because when I am president, meetings where laws are written will be more open to the public. No more secrecy.-- Senator Barry Hussein Soetoro, The Change We Need in Washington, Monday September 22nd, 2008 Green Bay, Wisconsin (source)
The bright disinfection of Sunlight, a promise of Senator Soetoro’s, is the change that we were promised. Openness and transparency are the reasons why he was elected, they are the reasons he came, so where are they?
Even as you read this, deep down in the dank darken caverns of the Congressional basement clandestine meetings are still being held. Meetings that are obscured from the prying lens of C-SPAN, meetings that are being held in direct contradiction of what Barry Soetoro promised.
According to Noam N. Levey’s article, “Democrats quietly working to resuscitate healthcare overhaul,” Democrats are meeting almost daily to plot legislative moves while gently persuading skittish rank-and-file lawmakers to back a sweeping bill,” reports Levey. (see story)
Levey wrote, “[t]his effort is deliberately being undertaken quietly as Democrats work to focus attention on more-popular initiatives to bring down unemployment.” In other words while the country is being distracted with the talk of creating jobs Democrats are creating the conditions to surreptitiously put their unpopular health care reform in place. Like president Soetoro boasted in the SOTU address he doesn’t quit and apparently neither do members of this Party. (That’s something for you Republicans to remember!)
The president all throughout his campaign promised repeatedly that all health care negotiations would be public open and broadcasted on C-SPAN. (see 2:24min video)
However, in his State of the Union address he wouldn’t even broach the subject of C-SPAN and Health Care because he failed to keep that promise. Right Congressman Joe Wilson—Right!
However before his SOTU address Republicans wrote the president a letter remaining him of his promises for openness and transparency regarding the health care negotiations so it must have been on this mind. (see letter)
Still he didn’t mention C-SPAN or his promises for openness and transparency regarding health care so it’s no wonder that Democrats, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are still hard at work behind closed doors secretly meshing the two bills, the House and the Senate versions together to present to the president for his signature.
In all honor and decency the president should not sign a bill that has not meant the sunlight test—his test! Maybe he should give himself an IPod to watch his SOTU address over again.
Yep, a deficit of trust, I’ve got to admit Mr. president you and your Party brought this on yourselves. You guys have been lying and deceiving for years.
For instance, Democrats like to crow real loose and breezily that Bill Clinton left a surplus of over $200 billion dollars and after Bush left office there was a deficit of over $1 trillion dollars.
The fact is Clinton cut the military to the bare bones which left America almost defenseless and when terrorists attacked America Clinton wouldn’t even respond to protect American interests.
In less than a three-year period under Clinton , America 's military manpower decreased from 2.1 million to 1.6 million. Of the 305,000 employees removed from the federal payroll by Clinton , some 286,000 (or 90 percent) were military cuts. Over the entire course of the Clinton years, the Army was cut from 18 divisions to 12. The Navy was reduced from 546 ships to 380. Air Force flight squadrons were cut from 76 to 50. Moreover, the Administration enacted a pay freeze on U.S. troops, 80 percent of whom earned $30,000 or less annually.
The $200 Billion Dollar surplus that Democrats and president Soetoro so breezily refer to was accomplished on the backs of our brave military men and women and their families. Not to mention that the so-called surplus was compiled at the expense of national security because the Clinton administration failed to respond to numerous acts of war against the United States of America.
On February 26, 1993, the al Qaeda organization (which ultimately would carry out the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York 's Twin Towers and the Pentagon) struck the World Trade Center for the first time. The terrorists' truck bomb made a crater six stories deep, killed six people and injured more than a thousand.
It was the first major terrorist act ever to take place on U.S. soil. The planners' intent had been to cause one tower to fall and topple the other, killing tens of thousands of people in the process. An Act of war— Under the Clinton administration six Palestinian and Egyptian conspirators responsible for the attack were tried in civil courts and were given life sentences like common criminals, but its mastermind escaped. He was identified as Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, an Iraqi Intelligence agent. (one reason George W. Bush would eventually go to war with Iraq )
Al Qaeda forces first engaged U.S. troops as early as 1993 when the Clinton Administration deployed military forces on a mission to Somalia . In Mogadishu , 18 Americans were ambushed and killed, and 80 more were wounded. One dead U.S. soldier was dragged through the streets in an act calculated to humiliate his comrades and his country. An act of war—Under Clinton 's leadership, America made no military response to the unprovoked carnage.
In February 1996, according to American Muslim businessman and Clinton supporter Mansoor Ijaz, "the Sudanese offered to arrest bin Laden and extradite him to Saudi Arabia or, barring that, to 'baby-sit' him—monitoring all his activities and associates." But the Saudis did not want him. Instead, Mansoor said, in May 1996 "the Sudanese capitulated to U.S. pressure and asked bin Laden to leave, despite their feeling that he could be monitored better in Sudan than elsewhere. Bin Laden left for Afghanistan , taking with him Ayman Awahiri, considered by the U.S. to be the chief planner of the September 11 attacks…." (and John Kerry and Barry Soetoro like to talk about Tora Bora)
According to a London Sunday Times account, based on a Clinton Administration source, on three occasions the Clinton Administration had the opportunity to seize bin Laden and failed to do so. Responsibility for those decisions to turn down bin Laden, said the Times, "went to the very top of the White House." Clinton 's failure to grasp the opportunity, says Ijaz, "represents one of the most serious foreign policy failures in American history." (makes Tora Bora insignificant doesn’t it)
On June 25, 1996, a 5,000-pound truck-bomb was detonated adjacent to the Saudi Arabian Khobar Towers housing complex, which was being used as a U.S. military barracks. Nineteen American soldiers died in the blast. An act of war—President Clinton vowed: "The cowards who committed this murderous act must not go unpunished. Let me say again: We will pursue this. America takes care of our own." There was no follow up. Nothing was done.
In August 1998, al Qaeda terrorists blew up the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania , killing 245 people and injuring 5,000. An act of war—President Clinton launched cruise missiles into two Islamic countries, which he identified as being allied to the terrorists and their leader Osama bin Laden. One of these missiles hit and destroyed a pharmaceutical factory in the Sudan.
On October 12, 2000, the warship USS Cole was bombed by Islamic terrorists while re-fueling in Yemen . Seventeen U.S. sailors were killed and 39 injured. Bombing a military vessel is clear act of war. The Clinton administration did not respond as such.
Clinton virtually left National Security a mess. Oh he saved a lot of money, $200 Billion according to Barry Soetoro, but at what cost to our national security? Experts state that it was Clinton’s repeated non-responses that lead to 9/11 the worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil.
So how much did 9/11 cost; well if all the cleanup cost, the Homeland Security cost and the cost of the wars are added up I’d say Bill Clinton actually cost the United States of America over a Trillion Dollars not a surplus of $200 Billion which he is falsely credited with leaving.
The security concerns were so huge that the Bush administration had to clean up by spending to increase military personnel and equipment, spending to increase military pay, spending to protect Americans against the real threats of terrorism and spending to wage war against those in Iraq and Afghanistan who were responsible for the unprovoked attacks against America that the Clinton administration did not answer.
These tremendous costs were left over for the Bush administration. And not one time—not one, did Bush finger point at the previous administration or talk about what was there when he first walked through the door like president Soetoro and Democrats do at every opportunity they get.
Every time president Soetoro and Democrats talk about a $200 billion surplus that Clinton left opposed to Bush leaving an almost $1Trillion Dollar deficit, the facts about Clinton’s negligence regarding National Security should be marshaled in defense of a president that did actually attempt to defend America unlike his predecessor Bill Clinton. That trillion dollar deficit is Bill Clinton’s!
During its eight years, the Clinton Administration hamstrung the government's intelligence services in the name of civil liberties; shrunk the U.S. military in the name of economy; and prevented the Pentagon from adopting (and funding) a "two-war" strategy, because "the Cold War was over" and, in the White House's judgment, there was no requisite military threat in the post-Communist world that might make it necessary for the United States to be able to fight wars on two fronts. (source)
I’d say there is a very good reason that there is a deficit of trust between president Barry Hussein Soetoro, his Democrat Party and the American people.
Americans have heard all of the promises, have heard all of the excuses and have seen all of the finger pointing and we get it. It all adds up and that means we don’t trust you, Mr. president, Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reid! We don’t trust your hope and your change.
We don’t trust your Global warming rhetoric, nor do we trust your $787Billion dollars supposed job creating stimulus package, nor we don’t trust your second stimulus package disguised as a jobs initiative and we don’t trust your secret health care reform.
You want to earn our trust? Less Obama-talk and more Sunlight, it’s the only way!