By Taylor Armerding
The Hendricks County Flyer
Mon Mar 04, 2013, 04:34 PM EST
Even the president's speechwriters were a bit more circumspect this time around. Instead of having him promise that whatever new spending initiative he was proposing "won't" add a dime to the debt or deficit, they went for some wiggle room, with the weasel qualifier "shouldn't."
That way, when it in fact does increase the deficit by more billions of dimes, he can blame it again on Bush, or Republicans in general, because they wouldn't raise taxes as much as he wanted.
And the saddest thing for the nation, and for the "children" (who by the way are our future) is that there is no political reason he should retire the dime promise. He continues to get away with it, enabled by mainstream media outlets that give him a pass on laughable assertions that would have had them carving up Bush if he tried the same thing.
The president promised to cut the deficit in half during his first term. Instead he vastly expanded it, and got re-elected.
He promised that Obamacare would not add a single dime to the deficit, and the addition is $1 trillion and climbing. He still got re-elected.
By the time the reality of this fiscal calamity hits, the president will be long gone - retired with his lavish government pension and full-time Secret Service protection while his shimmering mirage of an expanding, robust middle class will instead be staggering under the weight of paying off those trillions of dimes.
Apparently, people can get all excited about government raising the minimum wage to something like $9 or $10 an hour, but trillions in debt just puts them to sleep. While digging for a few dozen more dimes just to fill their cars with gas, they're lulled by one of those other constant promises from the president - that if we just "ask the wealthy to pay a little bit more," then everything will be fine, and nobody else will have to pay - yep, one single dime more.
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