As all of us who have made promises in the past … to our families or bosses or whoever … promises have a way of coming around to bite you in the behind!  Tonight, the American people will be watching (not me…there are a few good basketball games on … though the prospect of seeing Ted Nugent in the audience does appeal to me!) President Obama’s 5th State of the Union address. How has he done on his promises over the past four years?

“I pledge to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office.”

For those who were concerned with President George W. Bush’s $4 trillion national debt, this pledge may have seemed like the “hope and change” the American people voted for in 2008. However, the reality of America’s additional debt over the past four years under the Obama Administration is staggering—almost $6 trillion in four years, on track to triple the amount Bush accumulated over his eight years as President.

“Over the next two years, this [stimulus] plan will save or create 3.5 million jobs.”

The President promised great things from the stimulus plan, but as Heritage’s J.D. Foster has said: He may have promised 3.5 million new jobs, but he’s 7.7 million jobs in the hole instead.

“…we must have quality, affordable health care for every American. It’s a commitment that’s paid for in part by efficiencies in our system that are long overdue.”

President Obama’s promise that Obamacare would provide health insurance for every American has been proven false. According to the Congressional Budget Office,  30 million Americans are projected to remain uninsured even after Obamacare is fully implemented.

The idea that Obamacare would improve the “efficiencies” of the health care system is laughable. Obama’s plan for “efficiencies” in the system was just slashing Medicare provider reimbursement rates to the tune of $716 billion to help pay for Obamacare. Members of Congress are already walking back their support for the law.

“We will invest $15 billion a year to develop technologies like wind power and solar power; advanced bio-fuels, clean coal, and more fuel-efficient cars and trucks built right here in America.”

When President Obama starts talking about “investing” taxpayer money, beware. Successful companies do not need taxpayer investment. The now-infamous energy company Solyndra is the most popular example of “investing” in energy companies gone wrong. The government subsidies to the green energy company lost the American taxpayers $627 million. While Solyndra is the most famous green failure. there are an additioal 19 taxpayer-funded failures in the Green Graveyard.  Thus far, the government has “invested” $2.6 billion in companies that then went bankrupt.

Source Material: Heritage Foundation.