(quoting Barack Obama)
We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.
(quoting Gary North)
Translation: “We will kick the can in bipartisan unity.”
My two cents
If I remember, I could revisit these quotes in 2016 to see which one panned out. At this point, I think Gary North’s translation is more incisive. With debts continuing to grow, his translation shows little prospect of changing.
Whether one rejects a belief between Obama’s assumed choices is ultimately irrelevant; it’s the (in)action that counts. In that sense, there won’t be hard choices, so much as those that follow the path of least resistance.
I suppose that inauguration speeches are broad by necessity, but that’s no excuse for doublespeak.
North, G. (2013). Obama’s Second Inaugural Address: An Unofficial Translation. Available: http://www.garynorth.com/public/10579.cfm. Last accessed 28th Mar 2013.