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New Deja deja vu all all over again
I understand the initial premise, although incomplete...
"In 1999 the government -- for the first time -- had a surplus larger than the Social Security surplus, meaning the surplus was larger than the payrolltaxes collected but unspent on Social Security..." This sentence should read "for the first time since the great depression and the socialist notion of a "great society"" Right?

It further states "Then President Bush was elected and persuaded Congress to pass a $1.3 trillion tax cut,..." This should actually read, "Then 49,000,000 + voting Americans put Bush in office because they wanted a smaller government". NOPE, the author wouldn't want to admit that the country was evenly divided this last election between the concept of capitalism or a welfare state... Nope, we the friggin people are never to blame are we?

It further states, "Democrats denounced the move as a budget gimmick and said it could not obscure the real difficulty the White House was having keeping its pledge not to touch the Social Security surplus." Which should read, " the Democrats, after 60 years of such accounting tricks, denounced..."
etc... etc... etc...

From that biased nonsense you conclude:

"So, in true Republican-Reaganesque style, if I screw you out of $5.00 and some time passes, then I spend that $5.00 on something, I can [SIC] honestly claim not to have spent *your* $5.00.

Orwell was an optimist. You know, it seems to be taking lessor and lessor intervals for Republicans to run through money."

WTF? You're right... It's a broken record... Aristotle would be proud...
Just a few thoughts,

Screamer

"Putting the fun back into funatic"
New 49,000,000
"Then 49,000,000 + voting Americans put Bush in office because they wanted a smaller government".

Don't blame us! We voted with the MAJORITY!
New Slight correction
You write;
"Don't blame us! We voted with the MAJORITY!"

Which should have read; "Don't blame us! I didn't vote - with the TRUE MAJORITY!"

:-)
Just a few thoughts,

Screamer

"Putting the fun back into funatic"
New TRUE? Would that be the new name of MORAL? :-)
     "Deja Vu all over again" - (mmoffitt) - (52)
         Deja deja vu all all over again - (screamer) - (3)
             49,000,000 - (mmoffitt) - (2)
                 Slight correction - (screamer) - (1)
                     TRUE? Would that be the new name of MORAL? :-) -NT - (mmoffitt)
         so you thought all that money was in a vault - (boxley) - (1)
             I know the money wasn't (isn't) in a vault. - (mmoffitt)
         massive irritation - (wharris2) - (45)
             I hear this a lot. - (mmoffitt) - (44)
                 Check your stats... - (bepatient) - (7)
                     Revisionist History I am familiar with. - (mmoffitt) - (6)
                         Heh.. - (bepatient) - (5)
                             Minor Nit. - (mmoffitt) - (4)
                                 Not... - (bepatient) - (3)
                                     Sort of, but not Xactly. - (mmoffitt) - (2)
                                         But giving credit to that.. - (bepatient) - (1)
                                             Disagree. - (mmoffitt)
                 slight OT but you think 72% is fair? -NT - (boxley) - (35)
                     Hell...why not 90...they're rich...they can afford it -NT - (bepatient) - (26)
                         trouble is dems think Im rich - (boxley) - (25)
                             Heh heh - (bepatient) - (24)
                                 Careful there with who you blame for the Marriage Penalty. - (mmoffitt) - (7)
                                     Part of tax simplification... - (bepatient) - (6)
                                         Same tired refrain: Nothing is a Republican's fault. -NT - (mmoffitt) - (5)
                                             And yours is its all their fault... - (bepatient) - (4)
                                                 Nope. - (mmoffitt) - (3)
                                                     Now about Harry we can talk... - (bepatient) - (1)
                                                         I can die tomorrow. We have common ground. - (mmoffitt)
                                                     Nicely said! -NT - (jb4)
                                 Careful on that as well... - (Simon_Jester) - (15)
                                     Well you don't see them... - (bepatient) - (14)
                                         But they *are* different - (DonRichards)
                                         Like it or not, government plans cost money... - (Simon_Jester) - (2)
                                             Wow... - (bepatient) - (1)
                                                 Cough...fast and loose with the rules, eh? - (Simon_Jester)
                                         It's entirely 'reasonable' to despise those who manipulate - (Ashton) - (9)
                                             So you posit... - (bepatient) - (8)
                                                 'All' is a rather large percentage - (Ashton) - (7)
                                                     Recipes? - (DonRichards) - (6)
                                                         Secret ingredient - 'gaul of dog' - (Ashton) - (5)
                                                             Ah, yes. The Hannibal Lecter school of cuisine. - (DonRichards) - (4)
                                                                 Not at all: The Golden Rule. - (Ashton) - (3)
                                                                     This one thankfully accepts your criticism and correction - (DonRichards) - (1)
                                                                         That is Right-attitude, Grasshopper - go thou and prosper. - (Ashton)
                                                                     This one thankfully accepts your criticism and correction - (DonRichards)
                     Maybe. - (mmoffitt) - (7)
                         The real issue is... - (bepatient) - (6)
                             Sorry. - (mmoffitt) - (5)
                                 Both on the same site...and its not Heritage. -NT - (bepatient) - (4)
                                     Sorry Part II - (mmoffitt) - (3)
                                         You should have... - (bepatient) - (2)
                                             I like Laffer - (DonRichards) - (1)
                                                 That was a pretty good one ;) -NT - (bepatient)

No, m'lord.
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