When a president breaks his (or her) promise, the country seems to go ballistic.
When republican leaders routinely break their promises, nobody seems to notice.
That's odd. That's also the quintessential characteristic of a "Double Standard."
Case in point, Republican Promise made:
The GOP ... Promising Jobs, Delivering Nothing
During the 2010 mid-terms the GOP campaigned fiercely on the platform of job creation and, as a result of such promises, the GOP gained the majority in the House of Representatives. As new Speaker of the House, John Boehner made the welcome claim that the primary goal of the Republican Party was to increase employment in the U.S.
His exact words were: "We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs."
Case in point, Republican Promise BROKEN:
John Boehner Is Deliberately Killing 3 Million Jobs
In the lead-up to the 2010 midterm elections, Republicans, led by John Boehner (R-OH) promised their highest priority was "jobs, jobs, jobs," and despite offering no concrete plans to stimulate hiring, the nation anticipated some kind of sweeping legislation to get Americans back to work. [...]
In a rare bipartisan move, the Senate passed a highway and transportation bill that saves 1 million construction jobs and creates 2 million more, but led by Speaker John Boehner, the teabagger extremists in the House are failing to hold a vote on the transportation bill to keep unemployment numbers high and damage President Obama's re-election chances.
Case in point, Republican Promise BROKEN AGAIN:
by Travis Waldron, thinkprogress.org -- Sept 7, 2012
On September 8, 2011 — one year ago tomorrow — President Obama laid out a series of policy proposals known collectively as the American Jobs Act. The plan included stimulus spending in the form of immediate infrastructure investments, tax credits for working Americans and employers to encourage consumer spending and job growth, and efforts to shore up state and local budgets to prevent further layoffs of teachers, firefighters, police officers, and other public safety officials.
The American Jobs Act never became law, however, because Republicans opposed it from the start, blasting it as another form of “failed stimulus” that wouldn’t help the economy. [...]
And the silence from the Selective Outrage Machine over these Promises made, BUT NOT KEPT -- is deafening in its built-in biases ...
Case in point two, Republican Promise made; and Republican Promise BROKEN, before the Republican Obstructors, even had a chance to catch their promise-breaking breath ...
The Filibuster: So Much for the "Gentlemen's Agreement"
by Bob Edgar, President and CEO, Common Cause; huffingtonpost.com -- March 10, 2011
Two months into the 112th Congress, it's clear that we're going to need much more than a "gentlemen's agreement" to fix the U.S. Senate.
The deal that Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell promised would break the gridlock of 2010 is as good as dead, just five weeks after it was announced. A band of Republican senators has served notice that it's prepared to use, or abuse, the Senate's filibuster rule to block any legislation that doesn't meet its standards.
What's troubling is the senators' vow to use the filibuster to choke off debate and block any action on bills that don't meet their standards. Rather than let legislation come to the floor, where its strengths and weaknesses can be aired and amendments can be adopted, the Republicans vow to filibuster to shut down the legislative process altogether.
Where is the Selective Outrage over this BROKEN PROMISE that effective grinds Congress to a halt -- for yet ANOTHER FOUR YEARS ?
Where is the Selective Outrage over the "gang of eight" who served this renewed Obstruction Agenda notice -- the gang who eventually managed to even shutdown the government itself ... ?
Why is it (case 3) when the Republicans routinely BREAK THEIR PROMISES over their Oaths of Office -- to support the Constitution -- THAT hardly registers a whimper by our Johnny-1-Note Media -- when it comes to not asking what damage the R's have done ... ?
As I recall, the Constitution does not instruct the Congress to shutdown the Government -- just the opposite actually, if THEY actually bother to read it.
Case in point four, what have these Republican Oath-shirkers actually accomplished during their rein of 'making Obama fail' agenda?
Well not VERY much actually, when you bother to examine their record (not that the Outrage-echoing Media ever bothers to notice):
by Drew DeSilver, pewresearch.org -- Sept 3, 2013
But while many observers have judged Congress’ productivity simply by how many laws it’s passed, we chose a stricter standard: How many substantive (i.e., nonceremonial) measures have become law? To find out, we looked at every public law passed since the 106th Congress in 1999-2000, excluding post-office renamings, commemorative-coin authorizations, Congressional Gold Medal conferrals, and the like.
The results: So far, this year appears to be on track to be one of the least productive. Of the 31 measures that have became law so far this Congress, 24 count as substantive by our admittedly generous definition. [...]
[ Chart with this real measure of Congressional Productivity in the link. ]
A Summary of the Record of the 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) of the United States
Where's the collective outrage when Republican leaders 'Break their Promises' to the Constitution, to the People, and to even to those who voted for them?
Nowhere to be found, it seems. Because NO ONE expects Republicans to actually keep their word. Because THAT, as most of us know, is a matter of character ...
AND keeping promises, and having character, is just NOT what Republicans DO -- just ask John Boehner "Hey Speaker where are those Jobs, Jobs, Jobs ... that YOU PROMISED ... ?"
STILL, Nowhere to be found ... which should be simply outrageous.