By Robert J. Samuelson, Sunday, September 30, 2012
Is anyone in America gullible enough to believe this? What defines this campaign, in part, is a yawning gap between the political rhetoric and the country’s budget problems. And it’s not just Obama. Mitt Romney is also playing. The consequences are that the victor will either sidestep those problems or, by attacking them forcefully, shock an unprepared public. Perhaps the first presidential debate, on Wednesday, will unmask and discredit the consensus against candor, though this seems doubtful.
It is said of war that truth is the first casualty; that also applies to this campaign. Let’s imagine what Obama would have to say to merit his claim of ruthless truth-telling.
“Fellow Americans. For years, your leaders — including me — have misled you. Your government has made more promises than it can keep, even if the economy returns to full employment. Your taxes are going up, and your public services are going down.