To be exact, there are many problems with lying. God doesn’t like it, for one thing. But one big problem is that if one wishes a lie to remain believed, one may have to tell additional lies to cover for the earlier lie. For example…
President Barack Obama told his enthusiastic supporters Monday night that he never promised what video recordings show him promising at least 29 times.
The videos show Obama promising 300 million Americans that “if you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan, period.” [ed. To be exact, Obama did use that exact wording. I am not sure he used that exact wording 29 times.]
But that’s not what he really said, Obama announced Monday in a speech to about 200 Organizing for Action supporters, gathered at the St. Regis hotel in D.C.
“What we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed,” he told Obamacare’s political beneficiaries and contractors.
And Obama’s lie upon a lie is verified by Politico reporter Reid Epstein:
Obama adds a clause to "you can keep it" - "What we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed."
— Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein) November 4, 2013
Another problem with lies is that when they are discovered, people who trusted them and acted on them, say, by voting for you, might become unhappy.