Personally, I don’t think I could be a politician.
I’d probably say something like, “I believe that with the right combination of financial management and sensible tax cuts we can balance the budget.”
Invariably, one side of the media would report my words as, “Bowen encourages responsible financial management” while another might say “Bowen wants to raise your taxes!.”
All of this is done to “set a trap for fools.”
Bad news sells and when someone takes what we say and twists it into bad news for their own purposes, well, it hurts!
Let’s remember that there will always be haters, people who want to put a negative spin on what you do simply to excuse their own lack of accomplishment.
Maturity is learning to disregard the haters.