Once in blue moon a post bears repeating in its entirety. Back in May, Random Thots published a list written by an Obama supporter of the President’s accomplishments since taking office. It was a well written and impressive list. I did a little research to see how accurate the writer was in his claims. The Rebuttals are the result of the research.
One thing I would point out is how the truth can be used to convey a lie. In the first example the author’s claim was absolutely true as he wrote it. But it conveyed the idea that a higher level of standards relating to the lobby industry had been established and followed by Obama and his administration. That was a lie. The signing of the law turned Obama’s previous legal use of lobbyists (use that he continued) into an illegal one. All others including his opponents were now subject to new restrictions while the President de facto set himself above the law by not complying with it even though he was the one who signed it..
Here is the original post.
A LIST OF BARACK OBAMA’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS PRESIDENT
Posted on May 31, 2012
There is a list going around the Internet outlining an extensive number of things the President has accomplished since coming into office. The author seems to be addressing Obama supporters who are disappointed in the President’s performance. It’s an impressive list, well documented and straight forward in it’s presentation. I thought I would check it out.
Here is an example from the middle of the list.
He signed an order banning anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years. He also put strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House. http://nyti.ms/gOrznV
REBUTTAL. He did sign the ban, but continued to hire former lobbyists to serve the White House. Mega lobbyists Steve Ricchetti, Broderick Johnson, James Heimbach just to mention three.
Not to cherry pick, I started from the top. Here are the first seven. They are enough to tell the storey. Here’s a link to the full list.
Despite the characterizations of some, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office. Though he is often cited as superior to Obama, President Lyndon Johnson’s success rate in 1965 was only 93%. http://n.pr/i3d7cY
REBUTTAL. True. With Democratic control of the House and the Senate, Pelosi, Reid and Obama had a radical’s field day.
Within days after taking office, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse. http://1.usa.gov/dUvbu5
REBUTTAL. True. The Order added the requirement for contractors to disclose their political party affiliations when applying for government contracts making it easier to reward those who had done political favors for the President and his party.
Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money. http://n.pr/hcgBn1
REBUTTAL. True. But his appointee to initiate the post never served due to her personal income tax problems.
On his first full day, he froze White House salaries. http://on.msnbc.com/ewJUIx
REBUTTAL. Not really. On his first full day it was a proposal and not a freeze. And it didn’t stop federal employees from getting increases in their income. It only stopped raises within grade. Increases could still be given as bonuses or the raising of pay grades without the need for promotions. The proposal was more fanfare than substance.
He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending. http://www.cio.gov
REBUTTAL. True. Each government agency already had a Chief Investment Officer. The creation of this new layer of oversight provided the means to control all of the agency career CIOs by one czar appointed by and beholden to the President. It also added and an unnecessary expense
He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems, and also signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting system. http://bit.
REBUTTAL. Defense Secretary Gates called this a controversial move. I am not qualified to judge the advisability of it. However one thing is clear; it dismissed one third of private contractors, replacing them with civilian government workers.
Through an executive order, he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. http://bit.ly/hwKhKa
REBUTTAL. This is better known as the Erskine-Bowles commission. The Commission made many recommendations for the President and the Senate to include in the Federal Budget. None were adopted. Harry Reid’s Democratically controlled Senate hasn’t presented a budget in 3 years, contrary to law.