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Record Deficit

Sunday, April 13th, 2003 · 7 Comments

How do you go from a record U.S. budget surplus ($236.4 billion in 2000) to a record deficit ($304.0 billion in 2003) in just 3 years? Have the Supreme Court put Bush in the White House.



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  • 1 vis10n // Apr 14, 2003 at 11:17 am

    Hi, Gabe.

    I recently began reading your site after coming across a link to it over at José Luis’ site (A Beat Experience).

    I’m really enjoying it, and even added you to my morning line-up (FWIW).

    Anyway, the chart is certainly interesting… of course, I’d rather see a chart of Deficit/Surplus as a function of GNP—which I think would be a more accurate portrayal of the issue.

    What got me to actually post a comment after a few weeks of lurking, though, was your assertion that the USSC put George Bush in office.

    It’s true, of course, but it’s also a bit of a red herring. Bush won, because the neither candidate commanded a large enough lead to keep it out of court—a court, mind you, that may have been politically motivated.

    Gore would not have lost in court had he first not lost (or at the very least, not failed to win) his own home state, and a host of others.

    Frankly, had the USSC not stepped in, the whole matter would have been even messier, as so many states had margins of victory smaller than the margin of error. Heck, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Maine all had margins of less the 5%, and were just begging for litigation.

    I don’t like the out-come, sure, but Gore didn’t loose in the USSC. He lost in the election. Time and again.

  • 2 vis10n // Apr 14, 2003 at 11:18 am

    Here’s a great resource, BTW, for looking at election results:

  • 3 gabe // Apr 14, 2003 at 11:47 am

    Hi vis10n- I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying my blog. Thanks for stopping by regularly. Thanks also for the comments on this post and the election resource – that seems to be a really good site, even though they got the color-coding backwards (red = Republican and blue = Democrat).

    As to your point about Gore’s losing in the election, here’s why: It was a pre-meditated and orchestrated effort by Bush (W. and Jeb) and their cronies. Do you think it’s a coincidence that the state that decided the election is also governed by George’s BROTHER? That’s no coincidence, my friend. Just one point of many from Michael Moore’s Stupid White Men about the election that comes to mind: The company contracted to supply the voter database was paid for by Katherine Harris – and names of “felons” or persons with names SIMILAR to felons were purged from the database (Salon story), making these people ineligible to vote. (“A disproportionate number of the voters purged were Democrats.”) Who put the Supreme Court Justices who elected Bush in office?

  • 4 vis10n // Apr 15, 2003 at 1:18 pm

    My pleasure.

    : )

    I guess I’m uncomfortable with conspiracy theories because it really gives the bad guy too much credit… but I’ll say this much: there certainly are a _lot_ of kohinkydinks.

    Going from the assumption, though, that there was some premeditated effort… I’m willing to bet that no one could have guessed just how important Florida would become.

    Of course, this doesn’t change the fact that Gore could have avoided the whole mess by winning a few of those other states.

    Of course, look who’s talking: I voted for Nader.

    : )

  • 5 gabe // Apr 15, 2003 at 4:36 pm

    re: gore winning his home and other states – yup, can’t argue with ya there! 🙂

    speaking of voting for nader, i nearly registered green but decided it’s important to vote in democratic primaries, so i “renewed” my democratic registration. (this following my recent move back to the city from marin, of course.)

  • 6 vis10n // Apr 15, 2003 at 9:14 pm

    It may be a bit obvious to state, but it’s amazing how many people I know who blame Gore’s defeat on Florida—like it was the only state he lost.

    : )

    I voted for Nader because I liked him… my politics skew progressive, but I’m party agnostic. I’ve voted all over the place, and have even campaigned for ultra-conservative Republicans.

    Just depends on the candidate.

  • 7 Dave Reed // Apr 15, 2003 at 9:19 pm

    I almost voted for Jello Biafra (hey, he had enough pull to force a run-off of the top two SF mayoral candidates some years ago when he ran).