CBO is listed as non partisan but CBO takes assumptions given them by Congress or the Administration, isn't allowed to change them, and if assumptions are wrong so are the predictions. It provides non partisan information from partisan assumptions and that is why the data is seldom accurate. Suggest you chack out the history of CBO and their projections.muRda;1059845883]Congressional Budget Office - Fact Sheet
I use it because the budgetary numbers take into account other micro and macroeconomic factors other numbers usually don't from what I've noticed. And they often do comparisons between budgets and actual results.
The cost of the Iraq/Afghanistan Wars have been 1.4 trillion dollars over 10 years offset by the tax revenue collected from the businesses and individuals affected by those wars. Without those wars the debt would be 13.2 trillion today.Investing in the Middle East was exciting (Cold War), then boring, then exciting again (Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.)?
SS and Medicare are contributory and that has nothing to do with my question as to why SS and and Medicare are on budget. where do you think your SS "contribution" is going?As one of the more powerful nations in the world, if there is no duty to ensure the rights to all citizens hoped for us in the Constitution of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," then that is a failure of living up to the very ideals upon which this country was founded. What you see as wasteful spending on a lazy person, the liberal may see as spending on a mentally handicapped person. In a more grounded sense, the economy and society as a whole is worse off when its members are not contributing or are unable to. Society also owes a livelihood for those who become physically or mentally unable to contribute after they have spent their time in the working force (unless you want to just treat people like meat). The economic principle that gets stretched out to unjustifiable lengths by those on the right is freeloading, where an economic measure will always end up serving a portion not truly deserving of its creation.
So you continue to be upset over the 700 billion dollar military budget but not the other items in the 3.7 trillion dollar budget? Interesting. Do you understand what provide for the common defense and PROMOTE domestic welfare means?I don't see how troops stationed internationally are defending this country. Also, relative to the military spending of other countries, I would think 10% would even be more than enough.
Eliminating bases around the world wouldn't make a dent in that budget although I agree with you that they need to be cut back.
If you are confused then don't use the term "conservative diatribe" if you cannot back up the statementSo confused.
So another tax payer leaving the state. I live near the 4th largest city in the nation and we aren't having a loss of population nor is the state of TX.I'm probably going to look to move out of New York because it's expensive, too. That's usually what you get when you live near a major city in any country, let alone most populous.