Now, add it all up, and the plan I'm proposing will cost around $900 billion over 10 years -- less than we have spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and less than the tax cuts for the wealthiest few Americans that Congress passed at the beginning of the previous administration.
Notice that he doesn’t propose paying for the plan by ending any wars.
George W. Bush was the first President to start or significantly escalate an overseas war without requiring the American people to be involved in that war by at least paying for it. Not only did he not raise taxes, he cut taxes despite the cost of fighting a foreign war.
Barack Obama is the second President to do that.
Among the most significant things that Obama has done since taking office have been to escalate the war in Afghanistan, maintain the pace of the war in Iraq for a full year, and cut income taxes for 95% of the American people without raising taxes on anyone. He has not, so far, proposed reversing the “tax cuts for the wealthiest few Americans” which he criticized in his health care reform speech.
Where’s the change?