06/10/2014 11:50 am ET

Obama's Broken Promise Explained

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In an era when it is commonplace to speak about government services in denominations of millions, billions, and (when we think of the federal debt) even trillions, 57,000 may not seem like a very large number. But when you put that number in human terms – it’s enough bodies to fill every seat in Dodger Stadium plus a thousand people left over – it becomes a very significant figure.

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