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In 1988, George H.W. Bush ran for president. The center piece of his campaign was "Read my lips: no new taxes." After taking office, the economy fell into recession and the tax base eroded, causing huge projected annual deficits. Bush faced the choice between public crucifixion for going back on his promise or raising taxes to stem the tide of rising deficits. Bush put the country before his popularity and did the right thing. It probably cost him the election in 1992.
Obama campaigned on getting us out of two wars. ISIS took advantage of our withdraw, capturing significant territory in Iraq. Now Obama must decide whether to put troops back on the ground to defeat ISIS. Sending troops back would call into question Obama's decision to leave in the first place, but it's the right thing to do. How will Obama handle his "Read my lips" moment?
-- Daniel Salinger, Elk Grove
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