Election 2008 Promises:
Will Barack Obama follow through on his promises? It's the broken promises often most remembered.
Ensure taxes don't go up for families with incomes lower than $250,000
"And I can make a firm pledge: Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 will see their taxes increase -- not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."—9/12/08, Dover, N.H.
Remove capital gains taxes for small businesses
"I will eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and the start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow."—8/28/08, Denver
Cut taxes for 95 percent of working families
"I will cut taxes -- cut taxes -- for 95 percent of all working families."—8/28/08, Denver
Provide $4,000 education tax credit
"I'll create a new and refundable tax credit worth $4,000 for tuition and fees every year."—11/7/07, Bettendorf, Iowa
Simplify student aid application process
"I'll also simplify the financial aid application process so that we don't have a million students who aren't applying for financial aid because it's too difficult. I will start by eliminating the current student aid form altogether. We'll use tax data instead."—11/7/07, Bettendorf, Iowa
Triple earned income tax credit
"To make work pay, I will also triple the Earned Income Tax Credit for full-time workers making the minimum wage."—7/18/07, Washington
Crack down on tax evasion
"We'll create a list of countries where tax evaders hide their income and cost America untold billions of dollars every year. We'll lead the international community to new standards of information sharing. And we'll penalize companies and individuals who use those havens and illegally evade their tax obligations."—9/18/07, Washington
Provide homeowners tax credit
"We'll provide struggling homeowners some relief by giving them a tax credit that would cover 10 percent of a family's mortgage interest payment every year."—1/29/08, El Dorado, Kan.
Tax fewer retirees
"When I'm president, we'll work to see that no retiree making less than $50,000 each year has to pay income tax."—9/18/07, Washington
Cut taxes on the middle class
"I have not only pledged not to raise their taxes, I've been the first candidate in this race to specifically say I would cut their taxes."—4/16/08, Philadelphia
"We will provide real tax relief for the middle class by cutting taxes for 150 million Americans."—6/12/08, Kaukauna, Wis.
Tax windfall oil profits
"I'll put a windfall profits tax on oil companies and use it to help Indiana families pay their heating and cooling bills and reduce energy costs."—4/25/08, Indianapolis
Simplify income tax filing
"When I'm president, we'll put in place a system where 40 million Americans with a job and a bank account who take the standard deduction can do their taxes in less than five minutes."—6/12/08, Kaukauna, Wis.
Cut income taxes $1,000 for working families
"Obama will cut income taxes by $1,000 for working families to offset the payroll tax they pay."—Obama's Blueprint for Change
Change child tax credit
"Obama will reform the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit by making it refundable and allowing low-income families to receive up to a 50 percent credit for their child care expenses."—Obama's Blueprint for Change
Provide $500 tax credit to low- and middle-income workers
"Obama will provide all low- and middle-income workers a $500 Making Work Pay tax credit to offset the payroll tax those workers pay in every paycheck."—Obama's Blueprint for Change Repeal Bush tax cuts for the very rich
"Obama is committed to repealing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans."—Obama's Blueprint for Change