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> The over and under, How long will it take for Obama to start the backtracking?
post Nov 3 2008, 04:51 PM
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If Obama wins, how long after the polls close on Tuesday, before he starts to back away from his promises and policies and to down play expectations for his presidency?
I vote under 1 week.

In the debates and on the stump we heard time and time again that people making less than $250K per year would not have their taxes raised.

Here in Virginia over the last few days, Obama is running an ad where he says, if you have a job and make under $200K you will get a tax cut or wont have your taxes raised.

Recently Bill Richardson, who has been going all over the country to stump for Obama said that if you made less than $120K you would get a tax cut.

Questions are:

Is Obama backtracking on his promise about tax increases or cuts?

What other promises or policies might he go back on or change if elected?

Is Obama setting the table to lessen the expectations and go back promises if elected?

This post has been edited by Jaime: Nov 3 2008, 07:29 PM
Reason for edit: Edited to add in debate questions into body of post
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post Nov 5 2008, 09:49 PM
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What determines the difference, IMHO, between a 'flip-flop' and a 'lie' is intent. If one makes a statement, and then later on, conditions cause one to change their mind, then, well.. .they've just changed their minds. We all change our minds from time to time. If however, the statement is made KNOWING that it isn't true, well, that's a lie. Your mind didn't change... you just waited for the opportune time to do what you wanted to do all along. The trick here, then, is figuring out which is the case. Did Obama know he wasn't going to accept public financing when he made these statements? If so, then that is certainly intentionally misleading, at the very least. If he really did plan on pursuing public financing at that time, then he just changed his mind.

Politicians know how this game is played, and how its almost impossible to know what they're really thinking when they say these things, so they always have an out. It's alot like libel--very, very difficult to prove someone intentionally did something.
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