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George Will / Fiscal cliff deal unlikely to address deficit

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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012 12:01 am

Even Jonathan Swift, who said promises and pie crusts are made to be broken, might have marveled at the limited shelf life of Barack Obama's promise of a "balanced" deficit-reduction plan - substantial spending cuts to accompany revenue increases. Obama made short shrift of that promise when he demanded $1.6 trillion in immediate tax increases and mostly unspecified domestic cuts. He also promised to cut $800 billion from 10 years of war spending that will end, which is like "cutting" $800 billion by deciding not to build a ski resort on Mars.

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