February 17, 2013

Steyn on Obama’s ‘Not One Dime’ Crock

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:53 pm

From Mark Steyn’s latest column at National Review (bolds are mine):

No other big spender among the advanced democracies lies to itself about the gulf between its appetites and its self-discipline.

“Tonight, let’s declare,” declared the president, “that in the wealthiest nation on earth . . . ” Whoa, hold it right there. The “wealthiest nation on earth” is actually the Brokest Nation in History. But don’t worry: “Nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime.”

“Should”? Consciously or not, the president is telling us his State of the Union show is a crock, and he knows it. Under Magical Fairyland budgeting, Obama-sized government “shouldn’t” increase our debt. Yet mysteriously it does. Every time. Because, in a political culture institutionally incapable of course correction, that’s just the way it is.

Readers who think they’ve heard this “dime” thing before are right at least a dozen times over (HT to a frequent emailer):

Every time Obama has made such a statement, it has been what Steyn described as “a crock.” Every time Obama he has used this cute rhetorical construct, he has known it to be a crock.



  1. Depends on the meaning of the word “a” (dime)

    Comment by Jim — February 18, 2013 @ 8:02 am

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