Obama must be held to his word on deficit

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Obama must be held to his word on deficit

Published Saturday, January 5, 2013   |  257 Words  |  

On Dec. 21, President Barack Obama spoke on TV about getting our deficit under control and avoiding tax cuts. He assured us that "reducing our deficit is the right thing to do for the long-term health of our economy and the confidence of our businesses."

In the amount of time it took him to say those exact words, our national debt increased by $329,000. And while he talked, our debt continued to increase -- by $2.8 million a minute. On Dec. 21, the shortest day of the year, our debt increased by $4 billion on the way to a $1 trillion deficit for the fifth year in a row.

But, very soon now, whenever our president speaks, our debt clock will be spinning in an opposite direction. Hallelujah.

Things are changing. The president is on record. The debt's going down, baby. Polarization has been replaced by bipartisanship. No more outrageous spending. Instead of adding, this country's going to start cutting. Big government's on the way out; prosperity's coming in again.

The Fox News channel will have to find someone else to castigate. America is now on the right course. Our debt ceiling will be lowered. The American debt is now headed in the right direction -- backwards.

Hold Obama to his word. Tweet him at https://twitter.com/BarackObama. Tell him how happy you are that he's finally doing the right thing.

Don Gwaltney