Make that three broken promises in four weeks.
President Obama broke one of his most touted campaign promises just days into his administration, that was to allow five days of public viewing on the White House Web site any non-emergency legislation before it would receive his signature. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, signed just days after two days after the final version passed the senate on Jan. 27, was not even posted online before the president’s approval.
A simple oversight, right? Well, the SCHIPS law actually broke two pledges. The president signed this non-emergency measure just hours after it passed congress. The law also increases tobacco taxes by some 56 percent. Yet, he promised not to sign any new tax increases on any family earning less than than $250,000, “not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”
During the campaign, Obama pledged a $3,000 tax credit for each new employee a companies hired. The measure was soon dropped from the stimulus package without any word of future action.
For anyone wanting to keep up on the latest, the St. Petersburg’s Times has a site dedicated to logging these misdeeds.