Reason: Hit & Run | Peter Suderman | Debt ReckoningWhoah there. In light of the last sentence, the penultimate one should say "Obama claims he is committed to to reducing the deficit to 3 percent of GDP." There's a different between committing to something, and telling people you're committing to something.
The president has a (partial) point: Bush ran up mountain-sized deficits too. And when he left office, one of his gifts to the incoming administration was a giant pile of debt. But instead of chipping away at the problem, Obama has allowed the nation’s budget deficit to climb even higher. And his commitment to long-term deficit reduction is weak, at best. Sure, he’s committed to reducing the deficit to 3 percent of GDP. But as Peter Orszag admitted earlier this year, his own budget fails to propose actual policies to achieve that reduction.
Let's not be all co-dependent here and let politicians claim they're going to change while they keep playing the same bullshit games.
(That goes for you too, Republicans who claim they want to reduce spending but don't have concrete plans for what they would cut.)