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Wednesday, January 13, 2016



Tonight President Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address, which the White House says will refrain from the usual "laundry list" of new proposals. That's probably a smart strategy, based on how successfully he's delivered on past State of the Union promises.Looking back, the numbers aren't pretty. From 2009 through 2015, Grabien counts 140 promises that remain unfulfilled. We should note that many of these promises are duplicated from one year to another. For example, almost every year he has pledged to pass comprehensive immigration reform, overhaul corporate taxes, reduce regulations, and close Guantanamo Bay. Don’t have time to read all 140? Here are some of the most notable:
  • Curing cancer (promised 2009, 2010, 2015)
  • Freezing government spending for three years (2010) and five years (2011)
  • Colonizing outer space (2015)
  • Going “line by line” through the budget, eliminating needless programs (2009, 2010)
  • Inventing “material thinner than paper but stronger than steel” (2014)
  • Passing health reform that will let Americans keep their insurance (2010)
  • Converting sunlight into liquid fuel (2015)
  • Passing comprehensive immigration reform (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Closing Gitmo (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (2014)
  • Passing a law that will prevent mass shootings (2014)
  • Keeping earlier promises he’s already made (2013)

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