The Wall Street Journal posted a nice interactive which allows you to implement your own deficit reduction plan.
We played and are running a $5 billion surplus.
Click on the form below to link up.
Since we're already on the subject.
If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks … will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered … The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs. Thomas Jefferson
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson
The modern theory of the perpetuation of debt has drenched the earth with blood, and crushed its inhabitants under burdens ever accumulating. Thomas Jefferson
I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of its constitution; I mean an additional article, taking from the federal government the power to borrow money. Thomas Jefferson
If (As the supreme court had recently inferred) Congress has the right under the Constitution to issue paper money, it was given to them to be used by themselves, not to be delegated to individuals or corporations. Andrew Jackson
The Government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credits needed to satisfy the spending power of the Government and the buying power of consumers. By the adoption of these principles, the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity. Abraham Lincoln
Yes you did you half-witted narcissistic twit!!!!!
"We can not and will not sustain deficits like these without end.
Contrary to the prevailing wisdom in Washington these past few years, we can not simply spend as we please and defer the consequences to the next budget, the next administration or the next generation.
We are paying the price for these deficits right now.
In 2008 alone we paid $250 billion in interest on our debt, that is more than three times what we spent on education that year, more than seven times what we spent on VA healthcare.
So if we confront this crisis without also confronting the deficits that helped cause it, we risk sinking into another crisis down the road as our interest payments rise, our obligations come due, confidence in our economy erodes and our children and grandchildren are unable to pursue their dreams because they are saddled with our debts.
That's why today I am pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office.
This will not be easy - it will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we have long neglected but i refuse to leave our children with a debt they can not repay.
And that means taking responsibility right now in this administration, for getting our spending under control."
He's better get off his boney butt and get it in gear if he expects to make this one ... that's the joke you see, he never expected to make this one.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Don't spend that unemployment check too fast. The government might ask you to pay it back.
Click on the photo of Mr. Dimon below for the entire story.
Among the real good questions you didn't hear from anyone in Congress during the Jamie Dimon festival of love recently held on Capital Hill.
We first posted this video in June of 2010.
Seemingly nothing has changed.
Click on the chart for the article that comes with it.
We've done some variations on the following issue a number of times now.
We believe it to be worth repeating.
To quote President Dwight D. Eisenhower one more time.
With apologies to Tyler Durden, I took for all practical purposes the entire post as I couldn't figure a way to abbreviate it and still suck you into clicking through to read it all.
Following the all time record high February budget deficit of $232 billion, the US March budget deficit number is in, and in addition to being bigger than expected, coming at $198.2 billion on expectations of "only" $196 billion, the government outlay in the past month also is the largest March deficit on record.
This brings the total deficit in fiscal 2012 to $779 billion, which is to be expected for a country gripped in total political chaos and which is unable to either raise revenues or lower spending.
What is more disturbing is that over the same period (Oct 1 2011 - March 31, 2012), the US government issued $792 billion in debt, a trend that will continue.
What is most disturbing is that the comparable tax revenues net of refunds, "matching" this increase in deficit and spending, are only $693 billion, in other words the US government is funding well more than half of its cash needs with debt rather than with tax revenue.
The chart below speaks for itself ...
... as does the long term chart.
Now, from Learn Liberty.org who typically do a very nice job of explaining economic issues in terms most civilians can easily understand, a two minute vid boiling the conversation about the deficit down to terms practically anybody can grasp.
Followed by an incomplete (IMHO) conversation having to do with the historical fact that over the past 50 years, massive changes to the tax rate and code have made very little difference in the government's total take as a percentage of GDP.
That which the left seemingly finds impossible to grasp is the notion that people make decisions about work and money and subsequently change their behavior in response to the tax code.
Raising capital gain rates influences some people to hold assets who would otherwise be sellers.
Reduced sales of financial assets yields a reduction in federal tax receipts as assets become locked in place while dampening economic activity as new endeavors find it more difficult to obtain capital.
Raising marginal rates on labor causes some people to work less as work becomes financially less worth the extra effort.
Fewer hours yields lower incomes along with reduced income and payroll taxes.
Which is why lower tax rates and a simplified tax code will always inspires economic growth and subsequently provide enhanced funding for government.
The Wiffer, upon hearing about the clamor for a more uplifting posting, heartily agreed and sarcastically suggested the following for the new JustThinking.us logo.
I thought that was a bit harsh, but it did get me thinking.
From Merriam-Webster, among the definitions for the noun bond are the following:
The etymology for the word bond is shared with that for the noun Bondage, a synonym for Slavery.
I keep wondering, who is us in this conversation?
This one doesn't take a rocket scientist to grasp.
US monthly surplus/deficit.
The US just set a record for the largest monthly deficit in it's long history.