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Promises about PolitiFact’s Top Promises on the Obameter
Promise Kept

No. 15: Create a foreclosure prevention fund for homeowners

Create a $10 billion fund to help homeowners refinance or sell their homes. “The Fund will not help speculators, people who bought vacation homes or people who falsely represented their incomes.”

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Compromise

No. 32: Create a tax credit of $500 for workers

Enact a Making Work Pay tax credit that would equal 6.2 percent of up to $8,100 of earnings (yielding a maximum credit of approximately $500). Indexed for inflation.

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In the Works

No. 38: Repeal the Bush tax cuts for higher incomes

Repeal the Bush tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 (couples) or $200,000 (single)

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No Action

No. 52: Create a National Health Insurance Exchange

Create a “National Health Insurance Exchange to help Americans and businesses purchase private health insurance.”

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No Action

No. 56: Require children to have health insurance coverage

“Require that all children have health care coverage. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will expand the number of options for young adults to get coverage by allowing young people up to age 25 to continue coverage through their parents’ plans.”

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In the Works

No. 59: Invest in electronic health information systems

“Invest $10 billion a year over the next five years to move the U.S. health care system to broad adoption of standards-based electronic health information systems, including electronic health records.”

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No Action

No. 109: Fully fund the Veterans Administration

Fully fund “the VA so it has all the resources it needs to serve the veterans who need it, when they need it.”

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In the Works

No. 126: Begin removing combat brigades from Iraq

“Barack Obama will work with military commanders on the ground in Iraq and in consultation with the Iraqi government to end the war safely and responsibly within 16 months.”

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Promise Kept

No. 134: Send two additional brigades to Afghanistan

“As Obama removes our combat brigades from Iraq, he will send at least two additional brigades to Afghanistan, where the Taliban is resurgent. He will also provide our armed forces with the reset capability that they need. He will replace essential equipment, and he will ensure that our men and women in uniform get the care and support they have earned.”

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In the Works

No. 175: End the use of torture

“From both a moral standpoint and a practical standpoint, torture is wrong. Barack Obama will end the use torture without exception. He also will eliminate the practice of extreme rendition, where we outsource our torture to other countries.”

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In the Works

No. 177: Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center

“As president, Barack Obama will close the detention facility at Guantanamo.”

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No Action

No. 180: End warrantless wiretaps

“Barack Obama opposed the Bush Administration’s initial policy on warrantless wiretaps because it crossed the line between protecting our national security and eroding the civil liberties of American citizens. As president, Obama would update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to provide greater oversight and accountability to the congressional intelligence committees to prevent future threats to the rule of law.”

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No Action

No. 195: Seek verifiable reductions in nuclear stockpiles

“Barack Obama and Joe Biden will seek deep, verifiable reductions in all U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons — whether deployed or non-deployed, whether strategic or non-strategic — and work with other nuclear powers to reduce global stockpiles dramatically by the end of an Obama presidency.”

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No Action

No. 230: Centralize ethics and lobbying information for voters

“Will create a centralized Internet database of lobbying reports, ethics records, and campaign finance filings in a searchable, sortable and downloadable format.”

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No Action

No. 235: Require more disclosure and a waiting period for earmarks

Through the “Transparency and Integrity in Earmarks Act, will shed light on all earmarks by disclosing the name of the legislator who asked for each earmark, along with a written justification, 72 hours before they can be approved by the full Senate.”

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Promise Broken

No. 240: Tougher rules against revolving door for lobbyists and former officials

“No political appointees in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years. And no political appointee will be able to lobby the executive branch after leaving government service during the remainder of the administration.”

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In the Works

No. 286: Secure the borders

Will support “additional personnel, infrastructure and technology on the border and at our ports of entry”.

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No Action

No. 288: Provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants

Will support “a system that allows undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become citizens.”

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No Action

No. 300: Reform mandatory minimum sentences

“Will immediately review (mandatory minimum) sentences to see where we can be smarter on crime and reduce the ineffective warehousing of nonviolent drug offenders.”

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No Action

No. 382: Secure nuclear weapons materials in four years

“Will lead a global effort to secure all nuclear weapons materials at vulnerable sites within four years – the most effective way to prevent terrorists from acquiring a nuclear bomb. Barack Obama will fully implement the Lugar-Obama legislation to help our allies detect and stop the smuggling of weapons of mass destruction.”

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No. 395: Strengthen antitrust enforcement

“Will reinvigorate antitrust enforcement, which is how we ensure that capitalism works for consumers.”

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In the Works

No. 422: Create new financial regulations

“I’ll put in place the common-sense regulations and rules of the road I’ve been calling for since March — rules that will keep our market free, fair, and honest; rules that will restore accountability and responsibility in our corporate boardrooms.”

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In the Works

No. 439: Create 5 million “green” jobs

Will “create 5 million ‘green’ jobs; will invest $150 billion over ten years to deploy clean technologies, protect our existing manufacturing base and create millions of new jobs.”

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No Action

No. 441: Reduce oil consumption by 35 percent by 2030

Will “reduce oil consumption overall by at least 35 percent, or 10 million barrels of oil, by 2030.”

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In the Works

No. 456: Create cap and trade system with interim goals to reduce global warming

“Will set a hard cap on all carbon emissions at a level that scientists say is necessary to curb global warming – an 80% reduction by 2050. To ensure this isn’t just talk, I will also commit to interim targets toward this goal in 2020, 2030, and 2040. These reductions will start immediately, and we’ll continue to follow the recommendations of top scientists to ensure that our targets are strong enough to meet the challenge we face.”

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Written by bearmarketnews

April 16, 2009 at 7:38 pm

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