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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:01 PM
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Bushonomics: Deficit City /

Bushonomics: Deficit City

by Tula Connell, Oct 12, 2006

New data out today show the U.S. trade deficit worsened dramatically, to a record $69.9 billion shortfall in August, according to a Commerce Department report. The trade deficit, which climbed by 2.7 percent over the July deficit, pushed the shortfall with China to an all-time high, says Bloomberg News.

In 2005, the U.S. trade deficit with China reached a staggering $201 billion, a record that will be shattered in 2006. A rapidly growing trade deficit pushes workers out of higher-wage jobs and into low-wage positions in non-trade-related service industries.

Bushonomics isnt looking too hot when it comes to the national deficit, either. As the Center for American Progress reports today, when Bush took office in 2001, he inherited a yearly budget surplus of $284 billion from the Clinton administration. At the time, Bush

predicted a $516 billion surplus for fiscal year 2006. Yesterday, the Bush administration announced that, in 2006, the federal government ran a deficit of $248 billion, missing its projection by $764 billion. President Bush considered this a smashing success. In a speech yesterday, Bush said the numbers were proof that pro-growth economic policies work and an example of sound fiscal policies here in Washington. Although the deficit declined from $318 billion last year, the long-term outlook remains bleak.

Despite recent statements by Bush administration apologists, the federal deficit is not decreasing. If Bush implements his economic agendaincluding making his tax cuts permanent for the wealthydeficits will total nearly $3.5 trillion over the next 10 years.

Under Bush, 80 percent of Americas workers arent making any more money now than they were five years ago despite nearly five years of economic expansion. So much for trickle down.

FULL story at link above.

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pwb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:27 PM
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1. borrow and spend is worse than tax and spend.
if tax cuts for the Paris Hilton's of America are fair, than tax increases are also fair. we pay a little more they pay a lot more is what makes America work.
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