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Obama’s First Broken Promise? February 2, 2009

Posted by neoavatara in Politics.
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http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2009/02/01/levs.obamas.broken.promise.cnn

I don’t know if it is his first (I wonder about the ethics rules about lobbyists?Or earmarks?), but Politifact.com has now clearly come out and state that President Obama broke one of his campaign promises.  Obama promised to allow any non-emergency bill five days of debate on the web before he signed it.

Well, the very first bill Obama signed into law as president — the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — got no such vetting.  This bill basically removes the statute of limitations on discrimination lawsuits; a huge gift to the trial lawyers, and a possible mess for courts and corporations, as well as small business, which may now have to protect themselves from lawsuits from supposed violations decades ago.

Why was this not debated?  Frankly, because the public wouldn’t have supported it.  Sure, Lilly Ledbetter is an empathetic figure, who was clearly discriminated against.  No argument from me.  But now, if suits can be filed years, if not decades, later, businesses will have a serious problem defending themselves.  This will increase costs for running businesses.  Period.  And it is questionable whether the population as a whole would have supported this.  The Obama Administration wanted a quick victory that the media would lap up, that would also be a gift to their union and lawyer friends.  So, thus, no debate on the issue.

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