Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Obama flip flop backlfip and uturn

I am a regular reader of daily kos and Obama has reached a tipping point in terms of losing his base and this is mainly due to his many flip flops in policy. I actually agree with many Daily Kos readers and have nearly lost hope in Obama

A "flip-flop" (used mostly in the United States), U-turn (used in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland), or backflip (used in Australia and New Zealand) is a sudden real or apparent change of policy or opinion by a public official, sometimes while trying to claim that both positions are consistent with each other. Often it will occur during the period prior to or following an election in order to maximize the candidate's popularity.

I have summarised Obama major flip flops below.

Despite Pledging To Withdraw American Troops From Iraq Immediately, Barack Obama Now Says He Would "Refine" His Policy After Listening To The Commanders On The Ground

Despite Pledging To Accept Public Financing, Barack Obama Has Reversed His Position And Opted Out Of The System

Barack Obama Is Backtracking On His Support For Unilaterally Renegotiating NAFTA

Barack Obama Is Considering Reducing Corporate Taxes Despite Having Called Corporate Tax Cuts "The Exact Wrong Prescription For America"

Barack Obama Has Changed Positions On The D.C. Handgun Ban

Barack Obama Has Shifted From Opposing Welfare Reform To Celebrating Welfare Reform In A Television Ad

As A Presidential Candidate, Barack Obama Criticizes The Administration's Energy Policy Despite Having Voted For The 2005 Bush-Cheney Energy Bill

Barack Obama Has Shifted Positions On Nuclear Power

Obama Adviser Said Obama Was Not Opposed To An Individual Health Care Mandate Despite His Opposition During The Primary

During The Primaries, Barack Obama Pledged To Filibuster Any Bill Which Contained Immunity For Telecommunications Companies Involved In Electronic Surveillance, But Now Backs A Compromise Bill

Barack Obama Disagreed With The Supreme Court Decision Striking Down The Use Of The Death Penalty For A Convicted Child Rapist Although In The Past He Opposed The Death Penalty

Barack Obama Has Backtracked From His Earlier Commitment To Meet With The Leaders Of State Sponsors Of Terror "Without Precondition"

After Saying Jerusalem Should Be "Undivided," Barack Obama Has Since Backtracked

As A Presidential Candidate, Barack Obama Has Backed Away From His Earlier Support For Normalized Relations With Cuba And Ending The Embargo

Barack Obama Is Against The California Ballot Measure Banning Gay Marriage Despite His Assertion That Marriage Is Between A Man And A Woman

Barack Obama Says That "Mental Distress" Should Not Be Reason For A Late Term Abortion Which Contradicts His Past Extreme Pro-Abortion Views

Barack Obama Said He Would Debate "Anywhere, Anytime" But Has Rejected Joint Town Hall Meetings

Barack Obama decides to tap the strategic oil reserve.

Obama now says he's "open" to oil drilling.

Obama flip flops in the same sentence in response to a seven year old girl's question about why he wants to be president. Obama wants to turn back the clock and more forward; Back to the Future?

Obama doesn't know correct stance on Georgia.

Obama insists he voted for protecting infants who survive abortion, but he actually voted against just such a law. When he insisted that he only voted against it because it would water down abortion, he lied because the law included such a provision.

Obama said, at the Saddleback forum that he thinks marriage is between a man and a woman, but would vote against a federal amendment saying so because it would prohibit people from visiting their lovers in hospitals. California has a proposition that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman and doesn't restrict civil unions. He won't support it.

Obama considers the surge a success.

Obama thinks raising taxes would hurt the economy:

Obama now much tougher on Iran:

Obama flip flops on missile defense (Star Wars).

There are lobbyists and there are lobbyists: "We won't allow any lobbyists to serve...unless we want them to".

Veterans benefits

Obama breaks promise on earmarks:


Signing statements.

Gays in the military:

Release of "Torture" pictures:

Obama Afghanistan policy:

Obama flips on individual mandate for health insurance.

Missile defense in Poland and Czechoslovakia.



Importing prescription drugs:

Spending freeze:

Putting health care negotiations on CSPAN:

I don't usually mind flip flops as with more information you may change your original position on an issue. So the question is did he change his positions by getting more information on the subject or from lobbyist supporting his re-election.


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