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# 20 Inconvenient Truths About Politics In America

4) There is no practical way to balance the budget in the next decade without raising taxes and cutting defense, Social Security, and Medicare. It's complete irony that Mr. Hawkins goes on later in this article to espouse that most Americans do not understand economics. Because anyone that does, understands that we do NOT need to raise taxes, we need to raise REVENUE. These do NOT mean the same thing. As a matter of fact, the last three times taxes were lowered in any significant way, revenue went UP.
Kizarvexious Wrote: Aug 17, 2012 12:51 PM
Your assertion is a complete falsehood JT. Prior to the Bush tax cuts in 2001 federal revenue was 36.93% of GDP. After the cuts it was 34.30%.

Don't just believe what Hannity and Limp.balls tell you, question and verify. I don't believe everything that I read from ANY source, I always confirm and verify before I make assertions. It's the progressive way!!
MFOgilvie Wrote: Aug 17, 2012 1:36 PM
Bull. You believe everything that Schultz, Matthews, Maddow, and Olbermann tell you.
CardSenseJimmyBond Wrote: Aug 17, 2012 2:25 PM
That's a percentage. How about a dollar amount?
Fuzzy2 Wrote: Aug 17, 2012 3:20 PM
Sounds like the GDP went up.
Kizarvexious Wrote: Aug 17, 2012 3:51 PM
No I don't. I have an independent mind, unlike the group-think that seems to exist in TH land.
Kizarvexious Wrote: Aug 17, 2012 3:52 PM
2000 = 3.7 Trillion
2001 = 3.5 Trillion
2002 = 3.3 Trillion
Joseph64 Wrote: Aug 17, 2012 4:47 PM
Did GDP go up during that time? Your logic only applies if GDP stayed the same or shrank. If GDP is \$10 trillion and 36.93% of that is tax revenue, then that's \$3.693 trillion. If GDP goes up to say, \$13 trillion, but tax rates fall to 34.3% then 34.3% of that is \$4.459 trillion in revenue,\$766 billion MORE. Tax rates went down, but revenue went up.
Joseph64 Wrote: Aug 17, 2012 4:48 PM
Please quote sources. For all we know you're making this stuff up.
Kizarvexious Wrote: Aug 17, 2012 5:01 PM
Between 2001 and 2002 GDP grew less than 1%.
oldervoter68 Wrote: Aug 17, 2012 7:02 PM
Don't know where you got your figures. If they were true, the government would be rolling in dough today (and throughout the last 12 years). The figures I have from a recent handout received at a local forum show receipts on the Federal level at about 19% of GDP over the years, expenditures at 20%. Are you looking at figures that included local/state level impact?

## 20 Inconvenient Truths About Politics In America

1) Joseph Goebbels is often credited with saying, "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe." Not only was Goebbels right, his comments are at the core of the Democratic Party's messaging strategy.

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