First it was "if you like your plan you can keep it. Period!" That earned Obama Politifact's dubious honor as "Lie of the Year." And of course there's the old bit about the Benghazi attack being caused by an Internet video. And who can forget: OBAMA: “During the course of my presidency, I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican party and have purposely kept my rhetoric down." There are SO MANY more it's hard to keep count.
Another of the biggies, and this one too involved a deliberate and repeated nationwide campaign of scaremongering by Obama and top Democrats, concerns the budget sequester. Originally, it was Obama's idea, but later he tried to blame it on Republicans. And when they refused to restore all the spending Obama demanded he went on the warpath accusing the GOP of wanting to throw teachers, firefighters and children's day care workers out of their jobs.
Depending on what day it was and which Democrat you asked millions of jobs would be lost by a minuscule reduction in the rate of government growth. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said that "over 170 million jobs could be lost." Considering that's just about everyone who currently has a job after five years of Obamanomics that was a bit of a stretch. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) insisted that 1.6 million jobs had already been lost by the sequester. That earned him another lie on the Truth-O-Meter. But outright falsehoods are nothing new for Reid who recently claimed that the Koch brothers were "one of the main causes" of global warming.
The White House was a bit more careful when it came to the number of job losses. White House spokesman Jay Carney predicted 750,000 jobs lost but when pressed whether this number was real hedged his bet by saying "If this happens, you should go out to Ohio and ask the families that are affected if they think it’s real."
Still, being cautious about the actual number of job losses didn't stop Obama from trying to scare people:
A few weeks later Obama went on to say that the Janitors who cleaned the U.S. Capitol Building would see their pay cut because of the sequester. That earned him another four Pinocchios from the Washington Post Fact Checker. Earning four Pinocchios is nothing new for Obama. On Friday he earned four more for claiming the GOP had "filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation."
OBAMA: Emergency responders like the ones who are here today -- their ability to help communities respond to and recover from disasters will be degraded. Border Patrol agents will see their hours reduced. FBI agents will be furloughed. Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go. Air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, which means more delays at airports across the country. Thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off. Tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find childcare for their kids. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings.
Of course NON of this happened. A report from the Government Accountability Office finds that ONLY ONE job was lost in the federal government as a result of the sequester. Most reductions in spending were met, not by cuts in jobs, but by adjusting spending in other areas. And as anyone who has ever worked for the Federal Government, myself included, will tell you there's plenty of room to reduce spending without resorting to dire measures.
I'd say we need to keep Obama's scaremongering in mind when it comes to other Obama statements on issues like global warming but at least one poll shows that over 60% of Americans already understand Obama lies on important issues. His credibility is shot. But that won't stop him. His followers have drunk the Kool Aid and he needs to keep on serving it up to get them motivated for the fall election.
Oh well, Obama has made his bed and now he can LIE in it!