Matt Welch in the New York Post on President Barack Obama's Disqualifying Lies

The New York Post asked me how I would explain at a dinner party one good reason why I won't be voting to re-elect President Barack Obama, so I chose as my causus belli the category of his lies. Excerpt from the short piece:

President Obama lied in his 2010 State of the Union Address when he said his administration had "excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs" (in fact, he had 40 ex-lobbyists then, and 54 now, according to the Washington Examiner's Timothy P. Carney). He lied that year when he said "We are on the path to cutting our deficits in half," and he's lying this year when he says his new plan would cut the deficit by $4.3 trillion (more like $2 trillion). Obama lied when he said his signature health-care plan represented a triumph of the little man over special interests (it was precisely the opposite). He lied when he said the Congressional Budget Office concluded that ObamaCare would reduce the deficit by $1 trillion (it's complicated, but no), and he, uh, forecasted incorrectly when he insisted that the typical family's insurance premiums would go down $2,500 a year (they have instead gone up).

The administration's reaction to the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi — lie, lie, lie and lie.

Space constraints prevented me from setting up that quadruple-lie accusation re: Benghazi. So here it is, with the relevant links:

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Sept. 14 that "we have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack." United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice said on Sept. 16 that the attack began "spontaneously in Benghazi," and was "sparked" by "the airing on the Internet of a very hateful, very offensive video." At the vice presidential debate Oct. 11, Joe Biden claimed "we weren't told" that Ambassador Chris Stevens et al "wanted more security." President Obama told Jon Stewart Oct. 18 that "every piece of information that we got, as we got it we laid it out for the American people."

I wrote about "Obama and the L-Word" in the April 2010 edition of Reason, and in June of that year at CNN Opinion I begged political reporters to scrutinize the president as much as they trained their B.S. detectors on Sarah Palin.

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  • sarcasmic||

    why I won't be voting to re-elect President Barack Obama

    But, but, but John says you're an anti-Romney shill, which means you must be voting for Obama!

    I'm so confused!

  • wareagle||

    it's Matt. He can be anti-both. Isn't that part of the power of libertarianism?

  • Whiterun Guard||

    Matt Welch: Racist Mitt Romney shill!

    But seriously, you know people don't mean 'lie' when they say the "L-word", right? It means lesbians, dude.

    Also you should work on your dinner party speech. I mean the substance is there, but you need to tie it in with some witty and clever pop culture references, or either refer to classic French poetry and Zen koans, depending on the type of party and whose pants you are trying to get into.

  • Old Bull Lee||

    Nah, that kind of pretentious crap is more Gillespie's style.

  • Whiterun Guard||

    Chicks love pretentious crap. It's like the flexed and oiled biceps of the talky-talk crowd.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    "I begged political reporters to scrutinize the president as much as they trained their B.S. detectors on Sarah Palin."

    You should have told Andrew Sullivan that O! had a uterus.

  • SIV||

    The New York Post asked me how I would explain at a dinner party why I won't be voting to re-elect President Barack Obama

    Now make the cocktail party case on why only hick-state anti-woman racist homophobes won't be voting re-elect President Barack Obama.

  • R C Dean||

    The New York Post asked me how I would explain at a dinner party why I won't be voting to re-elect President Barack Obama

    Because I have some self-respect?

  • The Craig||

    Matt Welch, if you are in deed the editor of Reason magazine... do the right thing and resign, for you have proven the least likely to have the ability to reason.

    Ha, and there it is, the standard response in the NYPost comment section.

    I cannot refute what you say, but something, something, you are dumb.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I guess I know how I'll be passing the time during this storm.

  • The Craig||

    I am bored already, I hope AM links are good.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Just keep finding comments to get us to drink. It'll be lively soon enough.

  • ||

    You get invited to dinner parties?

  • Tim||

    With drinks and women? Whoa.

  • Whiterun Guard||

    And dinner?

  • LTC(ret) John||

    All 3?! Mind = Blown

  • VG Zaytsev||

    one good reason why I won't be voting to re-elect President Barack Obama, so I chose as my causus belli the category of his lies.

    But you don't understand.

    His heart is in the right (left) place and he only lies because those evil republicans make him.

  • ||

    No YOU don't understand. You have the typical Republican idea of truth and lies. He is a philosopher prince, with a more sophisticated grasp of such things than you could ever have with your simplistic epistemology, you bitter guns-and-God-clinging bigot

  • Whiterun Guard||

    NONE of you understand. It's not about stupid reasons and logic. It's about faith! And he is only doing as poorly as he is because of you and people like you lacking faith in him.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    How would you say you find my lack of faith?

  • wareagle||

    disturbing, Auric, disturbing.

    */Vader tightens hold

  • VG Zaytsev||

    I get it now.

    He's lying and fucking up to test our faith.

    To see if we are worthy of his warm embrace.

  • Appalachian Australian||

    Hallowed are the Ori?

  • Rich||

    "I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's Barack Obama's faithful one-hundred percent!"
    ― apologies to Dr. Seuss, Horton Obama Hatches the Egg

  • Xenocles||

    You can't fool me. I have it on good authority that only Fox News supports the idea that Obama lied about Benghazi. You're just a Rethuglican shill.

  • Killazontherun||

    Obama lied? Is Mooch's ass wide?

  • tagtann||

    That jsut makes a ll kinds of sense dude. Wow.

    www.Anon-Yes.tk

  • شات عراقنا||

    thank you

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