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The $250b deficit does not, I believe, include "emergency provisions" for Iraq and Afghanistan, which tend to run about $70-100b per year.
This is not accurate.  This spending is included in the spending, and included in the deficit.
It also does not include borrowing from the Social Security surplus, which runs about $125-150b per year.  That borrowing from SSA is supposed to be paid back, not that it ever will be.
This is accurate, but has been government policy for decades.  Both Clinton and Bush have made recommendations that would begin to address this issue, but Congress, has not had the political will to address this (social security and medicare).  Not that this should make you feel good, but our European friends are also ignoring the same issue.  They are also not including this future liability in their budget deficits.  None of us are funding our obligations for our future retirees.  I have written at least one diary on this, focusing on France and the US.  The comments to this diary seemed to support the same view as the US Congress and European parliaments, ie.  this is no big deal, let's just ignore it and fix it later.

Adding all of that yields a deficit of $445b to $500b, which, not surprisingly, is roughly the amount by which the national debt increased, according to the Bureau of Public Debt.
So the $450--500 number is not accurate, and not consistent with the way the US historically reports the number, nor the way other countries report.
by wchurchill on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 02:50:01 PM EST
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