Ernest Istook: Political tricks like legislative “triggers” and putting a “co-op” label on government-run insurance are just two of the gimmicks to beware. Another deceptive practice is to claim a measure is deficit-neutral (or “won’t add a dime to the deficit”), then resort to cutesy book keeping to claim the promise has been kept, when it hasn’t.
Obama said in his speech that he would not sign a healthcare bill that would add a dime to the deficit. Would you trust Obama not to sign a healthcare bill that added billions to the deficit if it was laying on his desk? Obama has lied so many times before so what would another lie mean to him?
This American says that Obama’s political career depends on him passing a healthcare bill and therefore he will sign a bill no matter how much it raise the deficit. What say you?