What he didn’t tell us was the other stuff he and his team were really up to: They wanted to scare the bejeezus out of the other dictators in the Middle East, who respect only force and action, establishing a strong presence there to give us a chokehold on Syria and other terrorism sponsors by cutting off billions in illegal oil dough, and maybe taking a pass through Iran to shut down its nuclear ambitions.
President Obama has been king of the not-so-true. Billions in stimulus money didn’t come close to producing the unemployment reduction he promised. And who can forget his most memorable line of all: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period.”
Of course our politicians conceal, deceive and mislead. They are responding to our cue. We disdain complexity and conflict and punish any politician (think President Jimmy Carter) who doesn’t keep them away from us.
We prefer Santa Claus (Clinton, Obama), not the high school coach who makes us do wind sprints (Mitt Romney). We want more free government goodies and when the rich pay their fair share, we’ll be able to pay for them (Obama).
We want bigger Social Security checks and lower withholding taxes. We want bigger tax cuts and a smaller deficit. And anybody who is dumb enough to tell us we can’t have everything is never going to get elected in this country.
So I hope and pray the Ohio law is overturned by the Supreme Court. Falsehood in politics is one of the few amusements we have to look forward to these days.
Tom Purcell is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist and author.