Deficit Reduction

The media are breathlessly informing us of the Spender-in-Chief’s “major speech” today on “deficit reduction.” There are two ways to cut the deficit: (1) reduce spending, which is what Republicans want to do; (2) raise taxes, which I hope isn’t what Mr. Obama proposes, as if the problem is too little revenue ($2 trillion a year apparently not being enough). Actually, I can think of a third way: Vote Republican in 2012.

Here’s what I heard the president saying:

America is great because of its social programs. Tax cuts broke the budget. Big spending: not my fault. Republicans are in the pocket of the rich and are seeking to balance the budget on the backs of the poor and elderly. We will cut defense. We will invest in everything else. Time to raise taxes on the wealthy.


About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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