That Barack Obama often uses words to mislead should be clear to anyone not seduced by his smooth delivery and seemingly temperate demeanor. However, the statement he made last week is unsurpassed for its brazen and breathtaking deceit.
"But as I've said, in the long run, we can't continue to spend as if deficits don't have consequences; as if waste doesn't matter; as if the hard-earned tax dollars of the American people can be treated like Monopoly money. That's what we've seen time and time again. Washington has been more concerned about the next election than the next generation."
By this reckoning, reckless spending results from some anonymous entity called "Washington". It ignores the fact that Obama and Congressional Democrats are Washington. Excessive, irresponsible spending is what they do. What they have been doing. And they show no inclination to stop doing it.
Obama laments the wasting of taxpayers' dollars. What's next? Bernie Madoff decrying the lack of honesty and transparency among fund managers?