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You may have had a feeling of déjà vu watching today’s White House press briefing, during which Press Secretary Jay Carney claimed that the President was committed to having an “adult conversation” on the root causes of our long-term deficits.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Claimed That The President Wanted An “Adult Conversation” On Long-Term Deficits And Had Demonstrated His “Seriousness” To Addressing The Issue. CARNEY: “The President has said since his State of the Union address that he looks forward to engaging in a conversation, an adult conversation, about the challenges that face us and our fiscal future—entitlement reform, defense spending, tax reform, the issues that really affect our long-term deficits and debt. … He recognizes and has demonstrated it with action that this is an area of concern when it comes to our long-term fiscal health and he’s shown his seriousness about it.” (Press Secretary Jay Carney, Remarks At White House Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 4/4/11)

Of course, this isn’t the first time the White House has called for an “adult conversation” and we all know where it’s gotten us…