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Don't Cave GOP, This Time Deficits DO Matter

sasdigger Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 12:55 PM
How about listing the states with out of control deficits? I am sure the chart would be reversed. In the good economic surplus years the northeast spent like there was no tomorrow rather than save moderately nfor the lean years by controling out of control spending.

Do deficits matter? Conservatives have sometimes claimed that they don’t. Dick Cheney has said on more than one occasion that, “Reagan taught us that deficits don’t matter.” In fact, he said that to me personally once.

Supply-siders like me have often downplayed the importance of deficits, arguing as George Gilder and Jack Kemp argued in the 1980s that we can ‘grow our way out of it’. But we can only grow our way out of it if we actually grow. And if we don’t grow, there comes a time when debt grows to the point where it really is unsustainable.