The Corner

If Wishes Were Prompters…

Barack Obama rebuking Hillary Clinton in February 2008:

Don’t tell me that words don’t matter. ‘I have a dream.’ Just words? ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ Just words? ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself.’ Just words?

President Obama in February 2009:

Today I am pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office.

Just words?

Deficit in January 2009: $800 billion.

Deficit promised by Obama for January 2013: $400 billion.

Actual deficit right now: $1.26 trillion.

So he increased the deficit he inherited by half. So all his words were accurate except “cut”.

Whether or not words don’t matter, Barack Obama’s words don’t.

Bonus: Neither do his graphs:

Unemployment Rate With And Without The Recovery Plan

Unemployment rate Obama predicted for July 2012 if Congress passed his recovery plan: 5.6%

Unemployment rate Obama predicted in July 2012 if NO stimulus: 6%

Actual (official, understated) unemployment rate for July 2012: 8.3%

This should not be a close race.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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