Monday, January 19, 2009

The OBAMETER is here!

The Saint Petersburg Times has launched a nifty little tracker called the Obameter. It tracks Obama’s promises (all 510 of them) during the campaign and how many he has delivered on.

At time of writing, Obama has kept two promises. Those being requiring taxpayers to report more detail on capital gains taxes and appoint at least one Republican to his cabinet.

The first promise on capital gains, was actually passed prior to his election, but they are giving it to him anyway. This one goes into effect in 2011.

The second promise on one Republican comes from a 60 Minutes interview. Obama was asked if there will be any Republicans in his administration, and he replied yes. When asked if there would be more than one, he refused to answer.

One of his promises is recorded under the stalled category. Obama promised to that, during 2009 and 2010, existing businesses would receive a $3000 tax credit for each additional full time employee hired. The Democrat controlled Congress has already put the kibosh on that measure.

It was proposed to be entered into the 2009 Stimulus (Death by 1.2 Trillion Cuts) Plan. When the bill came out of committee, the $3000 tax cut was not included. If it is not included by the time the bill is passed, it will fall into the broken promise category.

There is much more at the Obameter.

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