The White House press secretary writes:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2010
President Obama and Vice President Biden Preview Initiatives for Middle Class Families
Discussion Previews a Key Theme for State of the Union Address
Washington, DC – Today, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will hold a meeting of the Middle Class Task Force, where they will lay out key investments for middle class families. Today’sdiscussion will preview one of the key themes of the President’s State of the Union address, which include creating good jobs, addressing the deficit, changing Washington, and fighting for middle class families...
That should be "addressing the long-run deficit...", not "addressing the deficit..." In the short run--out until the end of 2012 or so--a bigger deficit is a plus for America's hard-working families that play by the rules. Only afterwards does it become a minus.
Staying on message isn't rocket science, and it is important...