Apparently our Governor appeared on the news-like programming of Fox News and said that passing on that debt to future generations is “practicing child abuse in a literal sense.”
First, a note to the headline writer, Gov. Daniels didn’t *compare* debt to child abuse, he said it *is* child abuse. If there was any doubt that perhaps he was just using a metaphor for comparison, use of the word “literal” erases that doubt. Unless the Governor doesn’t know the meaning of the word literal. (For a probably not-safe-for-work take on improper use of the word literally, see David Cross.)
Second, given Gov. Daniels’ challenges with his Family and Social Services Agency which is in charge of real, kids are starving and/or being beaten and/or being neglected type child abuse, he probably does not want to go throwing around the term lightly.