Mitt Romney is super-rich and the likeliest man to be president at this time next year; as such, when he says things like this:
One major problem with sky-high deficit spending is that it necessarily leads to another practice that undermines the nation’s fiscal foundation: borrowing unhealthy sums to pay for what we already cannot afford.
He's only half-right.
That's a quote from his website, where he says that passing on "ever-increasing debt" to our children is "morally wrong."
What's morally wrong, really, is pretending that there are only two paths to take: deficit spending with combined borrowing, or cutting spending. Romney promises to dismantle Obamacare and cut "entitlement" spending -- which means Romney says that the only way to avoid the moral wrong of passing on ever-increasing debt is to cut spending and reduce the social safety net and protections that the sickest, oldest, and least-protected already have.
That is morally wrong, because it's a lie. There's a third way:
People will say you can't do that, because there's "not enough money" to do that, but that's the point of this series of posts: to point out that there's more than enough money to pay for things like "not letting kids die in the streets," if you know where to look.
Look today at the snack table: as I write this, it's 8 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, and I, like almost everyone in the world, will watch the game tonight with some snacks and sub sandwiches.
Our budget for our Super Bowl part is a $50 gift card we got at Christmas for a sub shop nearby; we're buying subs and chips for us and the boys and Oldest Daughter.
But other people's budgets are way higher. According to CNN, the average Super Bowl viewer is going to spend $64 on Super Bowl merchandise and snacks.
Last year, 111,000,000 people watched the Packers beat the Steelers in a one-off game for Green Bay.
If that many people watch this year, then in a single day we will spend $7,104,000,000 on Super Bowl crap: wings and jerseys and visors and little plates with the NFL logo and what not.
According to this article, the coverage provisions of ObamaCare, which Romney promises to repeal because we can't afford it, will cost $122,222,222 a year. Mitt Romney says we can't afford $122,222,222 per year and that we will have to cut that program -- Mitt Romney calls it a moral responsibility to end the coverage provisions of ObamaCare because we can't afford it.
Mitt Romney is silent on the morality of opting to stuff our fat faces with cheese puffs and wings while we wear our authentic Patriot* jerseys and and spend 58 times what the coverage provisions will cost... in a single day.
That's your image for the day: A Patriot, a fat one, full of barbecue sauce from his wings, shouting at the TV through a mouthful of food: "Yeah, you tell 'em Mitt! We can't 'ford thet 'Bamacare!" and then swilling another Bud Lite.
Meanwhile, outside, a kid dies in the street.