Talk about politicial promises

Why do politicians make promises that they:

1. Have no intention of keeping

2. Know they can’t keep no matter how hard they try

I guess, it’s because people like you and me expect them to make such promises. So, why are we moronic  enough to want to hear something that we know to be a lie. I guess it’s because we like to hurl away our most precious constitutional gift to the illusionist who does the best job at faking sincerity because we are just plain old indolent enough to bother to investigate the men that we are handing over our futures to.

The Americans have paid a price for their indolence. Their economy is in a state that is being compared to worst known depression of all time. But is Obama what he really promises to be? Only time will tell. I pray that he is, for his own sake, for the sake of the country that elected him and for the rest of world that has hailed his accession to the most powerful position in the world.

Below is a snippet of the article that got me thinking.

clipped from
Hard to believe that at this point in the 2000 presidential election campaign, the debate was whether the candidates could pay off the national debt faster. Vice President Al Gore promised to do it by 2012; Governor George W. Bush of Texas pledged 2016.

Bush was elected, of course — or at least he was selected by the Supreme Court. On January 22, 2001, the first business day of his administration, the national debt stood at $5,728,195,796,181.57, according to the Treasury Department’s to-the-penny tally.

On October 29, 2008, the most recent day for which information is available, it had ballooned to $10,525,823,144,117.64. Rather than pay down the debt, Bush has overseen it grow 83.8 percent.

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