Obama Plagiarizes Own Debate Promises From 2008

I've never seen him look so sourDid you find yourself thinking, while watching
last night’s presidential debate, that some of Barack Obama’s
talking points sounded eerily familiar? That’s maybe because they
were.

Check out some of the similarities between President Obama’s

first 2012 debate
performance, and candidate Obama’s
initial 2008 effort
:

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2012: I also want to close those loopholes that
are giving incentives for companies that are shipping jobs
overseas. I want to provide tax breaks for companies that are
investing here in the United States.

2008: Let’s just be clear. What I do is I close
corporate loopholes, stop providing tax cuts to corporations that
are shipping jobs overseas so that we’re giving tax breaks to
companies that are investing here in the United States.

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2012: And so the question here tonight is not
where we’ve been but where we’re going. Governor Romney has a
perspective that says if we cut taxes, skewed towards the wealthy,
and roll back regulations that we’ll be better off. […]

Are we going to double down on the top-down economic policies
that helped to get us into this mess, or do we embrace a new
economic patriotism that says, America does best when the middle
class does best? And I’m looking forward to having that debate.

2008: Now, we also have to recognize that this
is a final verdict on eight years of failed economic policies
promoted by George Bush, supported by Senator McCain, a theory that
basically says that we can shred regulations and consumer
protections and give more and more to the most, and somehow
prosperity will trickle down.

It hasn’t worked. And I think that the fundamentals of the
economy have to be measured by whether or not the middle class is
getting a fair shake. That’s why I’m running for president, and
that’s what I hope we’re going to be talking about tonight.

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2012: Now, I’ve identified areas where we can,
right away, make a change that I believe would actually help the
economy. The — the oil industry gets $4 billion a year

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