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You Don’t Get Partial Credit for Definitive Statements

Barack Obama

Obama made a promise he did not and could not keep

I don’t want to belabor the point but if you make a broad definitive promise and it is proven not true for many then the entire statement wasn’t true. There is no partial credit if you are making sweeping promises without caveats.

For example, what if I pointed a revolver at you and promised you it wasn’t loaded. If there was in fact one bullet in the gun I don’t think you would say my promise was 83 percent correct so it was basically true.

President Obama promised that “if you like your insurance plan you can keep it” even though he knew it would not be true for millions of people. If Obama had simply promised something like “most people would keep their current coverage” there would not be a problem. He easily could have added the small caveat he knew was necessary to make his promise true. Instead he purposely made a promise to everyone because it polled better even though he know it was technically a lie.

You can’t now claim that only a few million people are a rounding error because the entire law was only meant to help a few million people. You can’t now claim the promise was true but should have had caveats. If it needed caveats but didn’t have them it is not true. A firm promise is either true or not. Obama made a promise he did not and could not keep. He deserves to be called out for that.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at