The Econo-Rhetorical Presidency and the U.S. Fiscal Situation

  title={The Econo-Rhetorical Presidency and the U.S. Fiscal Situation},
  author={W. Saas},
  journal={Advances in the History of Rhetoric},
  pages={131 - 146}
  • W. Saas
  • Published 2018
  • Political Science
  • Advances in the History of Rhetoric
ABSTRACT This essay expands James Aune’s theory of the econo-rhetorical presidency to analyze how presidents define the U.S. fiscal situation. By “fiscal situation,” I refer to any rhetorical representation of the federal government’s ability to create and spend money, levy and collect taxes, and issue debt. Through historical analysis of the “balanced budget” topos in presidential discourse, I find that Presidents Carter through Obama tended to define the U.S. fiscal situation in austere terms… Expand
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