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A very comprehensive list compiled here

It’s a mere factual compilation – no judgment on the wisdom of any of the promises – in fact a cursory look shows how many opposite interests Obama sought to court by making those promises

I shall add material to the original entry as well as here

Foreign Policy

Domestic Policy

  • Universal health care by end of first term – May 2007
  • Ethics reform (restrictions on lobbying) – June 2007 – Kept November 2008
  • Merit pay for teachers – July 2007
  • Net neutrality – October 2007
  • Lobbyists “won’t work in my White House” – December 2007 – Broken November 2008
  • Health care benefits for vets – December 2007
  • Financial aid to homeowners ($10 billion) – January 2008
  • Credit card bill of rights – January 2008
  • Will create searchable earmarks website – February 2008
  • Small business support – February 2008
  • Dedication to homosexual activity (don’t read this the wrong way ;-D) – March 2008
  • Gay employment bill – April 2008
  • Raise cap on payroll tax for 3% of earners over $102,000 – April 2008
  • Raise $97K cap on payroll tax exempting earnings under $250K – April 2008
  • Regulating oil industry (Enron loop) – June 2008
  • Helping college student loans (a $4,000 tax credit to help pay tuition and fees in exchange for 100 hours of community service. The campaign said the program would cost $10 billion a year) – June 2008
  • $10 billion for early childhood education – June 2008
  • 10% “universal mortgage credit” to homeowners who don’t itemize on their tax return – June 2008
  • $150 billion a year for ten years to reduce dependency on foreign oil – June 2008
  • Give American mayors more spending (“National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank” at a cost of $60 billion over 10 years) – June 2008
  • Windfall profits tax – July 2008 broken December 2008
  • No NASA cuts – August 2008
  • 1 Million Plug-in Hybrids by 2015 – August 2008
  • Shuttle after 2010 – August 2008
  • $1000 energy rebates – August 2008
  • Will go line by line to check for unnecessary spending – September 2008
  • Tax cuts for 95% of Americans, anyone under $75,000 October 2008
  • Not a single tax increase for Americans making under $250,000 – October 2008
  • Raise minimum wage to $9.50 – November 2008
  • 2.5 million jobs by January 2011 – November 2008

to which I am adding

promise during the campaign to use public finances – which he broke after considering suing McCain for maybe doing the same

He also promised he’ll oppose FISA – broke that in June

he promised he’d repeal Don’t ask, don’t tell – it seems to be postponed now
He promised to expand W’s faith based initiative

He promised to oppose offshore drilling. Broke it in August due to low poll numbers

Reviewing interrogation of AlQuaida & other suspects Broke it in November 2008

Strangely enough, Obama is now calling for

“cuts and sacrifices” the nation will need to make in the days ahead.

And it’s strange because the very rich were just reassured that they won’t have to give up anything any time soon – so who will make the sacrifices? The speech is vague enough and sounds more like PR effort to look better than W

President Bush has been criticized for not asking the American people to make specific sacrifices, and Obama suggested in remarks to reporters at a Chicago hotel that he will have some frank talk for tough times as part of what his team is calling a “reform agenda.”

So, if the rich are safe, who was he talking to?

Politico helps:

His remarks served as a reminder to supporters that he may not be able to grant all their wishes right away.

So, while the Bush base, the haves and the haves more has been reassured in advance that their wealth won’t be redistributed, Obama’s supporters are being told to wait. And it’s not anything new.

Will he be at odds with W besides the change of rhetoric on “sacrifices”? Not likely

Obama made it clear he will not undo any of the Bush administration’s bailouts. “These extraordinary stresses on our financial system require extraordinary policy responses. And my Administration will honor the public commitments made by the current Administration to address this crisis,” he said.

For no apparent reason, the article ends with this tidbit

Obama said he had spoken with Bush this morning.

All Righty then.

I have to say, this is for me a sit on the sidelines and enjoy situation as both sides disgust me for different reasons. So, I’ll kibitz and score their points

The subject of the gloating is Lieberman. On substance I am entirely on the side of the netroots – he should be out. Not for supporting McCain, but for supporting the war. And selling the 2000 win. And a few more things.
But I also recognize that his very election, like Obama’s is testimony of the collusion of the so called 2 parties.

That being said, let meΒ  fully enjoy the title

Barack Obama doesn’t fear the enraged, impotent Netroots

Richard Kirchik from the New Republic is happy:

That the Netroots – the fabled bloggers who, in 2004, carried Howard Dean from being an unknown governor of a small state to a Democratic presidential front-runner – are not the potent political force that the media portrays was confirmed this past week when Senate Democrats resisted their “demand” that Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman be punished for endorsing John McCain for President

yes, the feud started with Dean’s candidacy, and is not forgotten.

For weeks, they pounded their keyboards, huffed and puffed on their Internet radio shows and called on their readers to flood the offices of Democratic senators with phone calls and e-mails demanding that Lieberman be stripped of his chairmanship over the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

and the Orange Cheeto gets a special mention

“He wasn’t sanctioned,” seethed Markos Moulitsas, founder of the Daily Kos. “And Senate Democrats trying to make that claim are dishonestly trying to cover up the extent of their betrayal of the American people’s vote for change.”

Imagine the shock, Marcos! The guy who had Barbara Boxer and Dick Cheney campaign for him in 2006 – each to his own party – is not “punished”! Oh, the humanity!

Jane Hamsher is also quoted with a statement that I find insightful

“No matter what Joe Lieberman does,” wrote Jane Hamsher, proprietor of the popular liberal blog Firedoglake, “the people who are protecting him hate you much more than they hate him.”

and a story unknown to me about a doctored photo in the 2006 campaign

That being said, I fully agree with this delicious statement

Given the intensity of blogger rage over Lieberman, one can understand how their defeat at the ends of their own party would lend itself to hyperbole, but when did the “American people” appoint Markos Moulitsas their spokesman?

and profoundly disagree with this one

many liberals have been quick to claim that the Democratic triumph means that we’re now living in a liberal country.

They should take a deep breath before reaching such conclusions. Only 22% of voters this year consider themselves “liberal” while 34% call themselves “conservative,” numbers roughly unchanged from four years ago.

There wasn’t a “democratic” triumph, and the many liberals in this country have been had.

But this is the DLC – and the article ends with “neener, neener, neener – Obama is ours” – which is true:

The week before Tuesday’s meeting, Obama let it be known that he bore “no grudge” against Lieberman. Setting a positive tone so early after a hard-fought election, he is already making good on his promise to, if not end, then at least lessen the “petty partisanship” he decried in the campaign. Among the positive outcomes of this week’s abject lesson in letting bygones be bygones, it is reassuring to see that the leadership of the Democratic Party isn’t as petty, vindictive and small as its left-wing supporters.

How many times did I read during the primaries the accusation: “Hillary is DLC?”

And of course the reality (as of February 2007) is this

In a Washington Post interview, Harold Ford, the new chairman of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, says Illinois’ junior senator has expressed interest in “find[ing] ways he could work with the DLC.Ford describes Obama as a “personal friend” and says they talk regularly.

Not Your Sweetie

November 2008