CNHI News Service

Opinion

February 22, 2013

Obama's 'dimes of debt' keep piling up

. — Editor's Note: If you're not a weekly subscriber to Taylor Armerding's column, you can publish this one if you notify him at t.armerding@verizon.net

---

President Obama ought to be getting "dimed" out by now.

That he isn’t is yet more testimony to the attention span of the American public – somewhat shy of a Sesame Street skit.

The president has called on the nation’s smallest coin -- the dime -- so many times to support his promises – both during his tenure and before it, when he was campaigning – that it should be starting to, uh, wear thin. That along with other phrases like “paying down our debt in a balanced way,” when the only thing even under consideration is slowing the growth of the debt, ought to be laugh lines by now.

Still, he won’t let it go. It’s become one of those verbal tics – you know, like automatically saying “the mess I inherited” every time anyone suggests that after four years, it might be time to stop blaming George W. Bush for everything that’s gone wrong and is still going wrong.

So, sure enough, it showed up in his recent State of the Union address, when he assured the tingling masses (well, probably at least MSNBC’s Chris Matthews) that $83.4 billion in proposed new spending on new “investments” wouldn’t make the bottom line of the brokest nation in history any worse.

“Let me repeat – nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime,” he said.

Actually, the president is guaranteed to be technically correct. His proposals won’t increase the deficit by a single dime. They will increase it by billions of dimes, added to the trillions that he has already added.

It has become such an absurd mantra that the Republican National Committee finally couldn’t resist – it created an ad recently showing video of Obama making about a dozen of his “one, single dime” promises, and then dryly observed at the end that under Obama, the nation’s debt has increased by 58.6 trillion dimes.

Text Only
Opinion
  • taylor.armerding.jpg Warren's populist pitch on student loans is off key

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren's populist rhetoric pumps up students about their loan burdens, but she conveniently neglects to mention the real problem - the exorbitant cost of college - much less how she's benefitted from those high prices.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Obama's equal pay exaggeration leads us all into danger

    The president's claims of national shame over gender-based pay inequity spring from distorted calculations, as well as some convenient political math.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Voters beware of oligarchs and bogeymen

    Scaring voters to distract them from issues is a tired - and bipartisan - ploy sure to be in heavy rotation this campaign season.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Put teens to work by laying off minimum wage rhetoric

    Idle teen workers may be a national problem, but frugal private employers aren't the reason for it. Minimum wage hikes - like the one championed by President Obama - squeeze these marginal jobs out of the economy.
     

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Legal marijuana can be government's new cash crop

    Officials holding out against legalized marijuana may "evolve" their thinking because of one number: Colorado says it gathered $2 million in taxes from pot shops in January, as business was just getting started.

    March 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Banning a 'B-word' teaches girls the wrong lesson

    Striking the word "bossy" from the language doesn't help young girls learn to speak up or become leaders. It teaches them how to be, well, bossy.

    March 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Giving businesses choice is not legalizing discrimination

    The owner of a California gay bar should be allowed to refuse service to legislators he considers "crazy, ignorant or stupid." The problem is the popular double-standard that supports his version of "discrimination" while raging against anyone who disagrees with him but wants the same freedom.

    March 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Obama twists Constitution to cut U.S. military

    President Obama's plan to slash the military to pre-World War II levels endangers the country, especially when our enemies don't know the war is over.

    February 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Benefits of hiking minimum wage are an illusion

    The president's latest economic fantasy says raising the minimum wage will incentivize work, lower unemployment, juice the economy and may even lower taxes. All while businesses swallow billions of dollars more in labor costs.

    February 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Coastal residents should pay true cost of flood insurance

    The environmental champions in Congress took a big break from their moral scolding this past month with a gigantic “Never mind!” after their constituents discovered the law requiring them to start paying the true cost of living in flood-prone areas.

    February 14, 2014 1 Photo

News
Sports

Features