know,” said President Obama to a business group a few days ago, “is
that our—our fiscal problems are not short-term deficits. Our
discretionary budget, that portion of the federal budget that isn’t
defense or Social Security or Medicare or Medicaid, the entitlement
programs, is at its smallest level in my lifetime, probably since
Dwight Eisenhower. We are not lavishly spending on a whole bunch of
social programs out there.” A. Barton Hinkle says you could call
this Obama’s version of the old joke: “Aside from that, Mrs.
Lincoln, how did you like the play?” And his minimization of
reality isn’t limited to fiscal matters.
from Hit & Run http://reason.com/blog/2013/12/02/a-barton-hinkle-says-obama-puts-a-happy