by John J. Pitney, Jr.

“Now, going forward, here’s the deal. I think, Paul, for example, head of the budget committee, has looked at the budget and has made a serious proposal. I’ve read it. I can tell you what’s in it.” — President Obama, January 9, 2010.

“This vision is less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact in America. Ronald Reagan’s own budget director said, there’s nothing ‘serious’ or ‘courageous’ about this plan.” — President Obama, April 13, 2011.

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