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When Big Deficits Became Good

Dyadd Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 4:42 PM
People might vote to eliminate large hunks of the government if there was something tangible in it for them - like a long stream of big green USG checks. Half the savings from really big cuts would probably amount to far more than the subsidies offered by the current system. Tell the people where the real money is and how to get it. Lotta votes there.
Texas Chris Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 9:27 AM
I say do it this way. First, no deficit spending. Congress MUST raise taxes to cover every dollar spent. Second, abolish withholding. All taxes must be paid on the last business day in October (the week before elections).

Because if you have to write that check one week, and vote the next week, you're going to still remember that pain and you'll vote for the guy that promises to cut government spending the most.

As a senator and presidential candidate, Barack Obama said that he detested budget deficits. In 2006, when the aggregate national debt was almost $8 trillion less than today, he blasted George W. Bush's chronic borrowing and refused to vote for upping the debt ceiling: "Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that 'the buck stops here.'"

In 2008, Obama further blasted Bush's continued Keynesian borrowing: "The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our...