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    Uncle Sam Isn’t Broke, He’s Just Overtaxed

    uncleboehner.jpgQuote:  "Listen, we're broke.  Let's face it."  Rep. John Boehner, Republican from Ohio, advocating budget cuts in student loans, health care, food stamps, and foster care.

    Figure of Speechepitasis (ee PIT ah sis), the add-on figure.

    Sorry, kids.  No college, medicine, food or parenting for you.  We spent it all.  Rep. Boehner says it perfectly with an epitasis, a figure that supplements a point with a sentence that adds  emphasis rather than meaning.  (We drained the U.S. Treasury.  The whole thing.)

    But good news! According to the Cincinnati congressman's own website, we're not broke after all! "Uncle Sam's problem isn't that he has too little money," the site says. "It's that he isn't spending responsibly."  Those darn sick kids and orphans. 

    Snappy Answer:  "Listen, I vote.  Remember that."

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    Reader Comments (3)

    Uh... isn't he saying the same thing? "We're broke" because we aren't "spending responsibly?" It isn't a revenue problem, it's a spending problem.

    And at one point did anyone say "no college?"
    October 26, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterTyler
    Good point, Tyler. I had simply assumed that "We're broke" and "Uncle Sam's problem isn't that he has too little money" were contradictory.

    You're right about the college part, too. Boehner didn't say that literally; hence the lack of quotation marks. Nor did he say "We're gonna screw the orphans and sick and hungry kids while talking piously about fiscal responsibility."

    I'll be more careful in the future.


    P.S. Cool web address!

    October 27, 2005 | Registered CommenterFigaro
    It has always been like this...whenever the rich people are in need, the poor pay the price of their wealth ! <a href="http://www.unclesamsnewyork.com">uncle sams</a> needs keep on growing...
    July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLevasntul

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