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San Diego Union Tribune: Obama could use a little tough love

Published: January 14, 2013

The White House has not challenged Boehner's recollections.

In case you had any doubt, the numbers don't come close to backing Obama up. Discretionary domestic spending — not including Medicare and Medicaid — is up more than 50 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars since 2001, according to an Oregon State University study of official Office of Management and Budget data.

And when the president won re-election two months ago, he wasn't blithe at all about heavy spending. Instead, Obama repeatedly stressed that he had a “specific” blueprint to cut $4 trillion in spending in coming years, a plan that was built on an appreciation of “math, common sense and our history.”

Evidently, that was then, this is now.

But math is not on the side of the president. Nor is common sense. And our nation is imperiled if Barack Obama thinks American history makes the case for the federal government having huge annual budget imbalances for as far as the eye can see.

For the good of the nation, it's time for an intervention by responsible Democratic leaders. Former President Bill Clinton, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are our nominees. The head of our national household needs some tough love — and the rest of us need reassurance.

— San Diego Union Tribune


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