During the presidential campaign, President Obama made a no-earmarks promise and assured the American people that “we need earmark reform. And when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.”
For all the talk about fiscal responsibility, President Obama has so far failed miserably to deliver. The fact that he now just wants to “move on” and sign this bloated leftover spending package stuffed with thousands of outrageous earmarks – one of which he actually cosponsored – is an insult to taxpayers who were promised otherwise.This is certainly not going "line by line to make sure we are not spending money unwisely." However, it does seem to fit the pattern – after all this is not the first broken promise we have seen from this president in less than two months. Taxpayers should be outraged – but they probably shouldn’t be surprised any more.
Earlier this year, President Obama signed into law a tax increase on Americans making less than $250,000 with the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. He has also broken several transparency promises and commitment on spending. For more information, browse through our earlier posts on atr.org
For the pdf version of the press release click here.