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.