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False Prophets and the End of the World

Arley2 Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 10:44 AM
"It is clear that lawmakers must summon the will to reform these programs in order to balance the budget now and for the long term. In 2020,interest on the federal debt will rise to $1 trillion a year. Over the next decade" ______________________________________________________________________ Well.......Katie, that's not necessarily true. Get our your calculator and run the numbers for these notions. Let's pretend that Congress had the courage to do the following. 1. Enact zero new spending programs at all. None. Zilch. Nada. 2. Freeze all budgets for departments, agencies, programs, salaries. Freeze EVERYTHING at current levels. 3. Suspend all automatic increases ........period. 4. Make no changes what ever to our idiotic 71,000
Arley2 Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 10:48 AM

plus page tax code.

With even modest growth in GDP, the budget would balance in a very few years because revenue would eventually overtake spending.

Though I AM very much in favor os amending entitlement programs, especially those social programs that have morphed from "safety net" to "welfare career"

Remember back in 2011 when radio broadcaster and end-of-the-world prognosticator Harold Camping predicted the world’s end on October 21 yet the day passed with nary a sign of Armageddon?

Last year, the ancient Mayans and a few North American self-proclaimed prophets like Warren Jeffs had various dates in December pegged for the end. Imagine the surprise of their true believers when the sun came up the next day. Did they feel relief? Disappointment? Skepticism (somewhat overdue) toward their leaders? Some no doubt have left the cult while others wait in trepidation for their prophet to predict a new date of apocalypse....