Plugging a "truly balanced approach to our fiscal challenges," White House spokesman Jay Carney on Tuesday said President Obama does not view the issue of deficits and debt in a vacuum:
"He does not believe that reducing deficits and debt are values unto themselves. He believes that they are part of an approach that is driven by his number-one priority, which is economic growth and job creation."
Also on Tuesday, the Treasury Department announced a $120-billion deficit for October, the first month of fiscal 2013. That puts the nation on track to its fifth straight trillion-dollar-plus deficit.
At Tuesday's briefing Carney said Obama insists on raising taxes on the wealthy, because the revenue (from higher taxes) is needed to "invest (spend) in crucial areas" of the economy.
"And one of the reasons why you need to have balance (tax hikes) in the approach you take is to ensure that you can continue to do the things that help the economy grow -- that invest in education...that lead to people being hired to work on building our infrastructure, that ensure that we're having investments in innovation and aspects of the economy that will be so important in the 21st century. Because if you don't, you’ve lost sense of your overall purpose here, which is a vibrant American economy that enables Americans to find work, work that enables them to live a good life and send their kids to school and take care of their parents.
"That's the approach the president takes," Carney said. "It’s not a pinched view of deficits and debt; it’s a broad view of how we need to move forward with the economy." ...
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