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Krauthammer’s Take: Obama’s Austerity Talk an ‘Assault on the Dictionary’

President Obama has “never been interested in lowering the deficit,” Charles Krauthammer said on Special Report tonight. “It contradicts the reason he ran for president: It’s to change a lot of things in society, to give people stuff like health care.”

In announcing his budget for 2015, Obama requested new spending , which the Washington Post said would be an “end to the era of austerity that has dogged much of his presidency.”

“On this idea of austerity,” Krauthammer said, “we’ve talked about Obama’s assaulting the Constitution, this is an assault on the dictionary.” Obama ran a $4 trillion deficit in three years, Krauthammer explained, and “the deficit that he now touts as the triumph of austerity is the highest, higher than any deficit in the history of the country preceding him.”

 

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