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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Vote For A ManiaC

I just played a national budget simulator and got the following results on my first attempt, without looking at any numbers:

Budget Totals
Old budget was $3747.36 billion

($2672.527 billion in spending, $1074.833 billion in tax expenditures and cuts). New budget is $3346.41 billion
($2368.66 billion in spending, $977.75 billion in tax expenditures and cuts).

You have cut the deficit by $400.95 billion. Your new deficit is $0.05 billion.

I cut tax breaks and marginal rates, which yielded a slight net tax increase. I eliminated agriculture, gouged health spending, and tinkered with a few other things. It was a little sad to see all of the things that are inefficient but necessary, like transportation; if you cut them, the useful projects are eliminated first. Here's my second attempt, which is not politically feasible at all:

Old budget was $3747.36 billion
($2672.527 billion in spending, $1074.833 billion in tax expenditures and cuts). New budget is $2443.66 billion
($1414.66 billion in spending, $1029 billion in tax expenditures and cuts).

You have cut the deficit by $1303.7 billion. Your new deficit is $-902.69 billion.

Oops! You've cut so much that the federal budget now contains a substantial surplus. Many economists warn that this budget may help induce or prolong a recession, and ordinary citizens demand a refund. You might want to cut taxes or raise spending.

That's because it only let me increase tax cuts by 100%. Bad news though- poor are going to drop like flies, but economic growth will be improved. Due to eliminating market distortions like loan programs, jobs training, highways, and regional development, I expect the technological and economic developement of the US to shift directions. Away from automobiles.

Fun, fun. Try it out.

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