Monday, July 27, 2009

Monday Morning Trivia



A wee bit o' financial trivia for the gallery this morning:

What do the years 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001 all have in common?



Those would be the only four years since 1970 that the U.S. government has run an annual budget surplus.

Now go out there, get to work, and pay some taxes!

Source: CBO Historical Budget Data, data spreadsheet, Table F-1

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— Posted by Michael @ 8:14 AM








2 Comments:
 

Please, how could you post this without a disclaimer that the Social Security column is complete accounting fiction. Re-do the Total column without adding in ss to get the real story.

 

You know, Rich, that's not a spreadsheet I created -- it's the one generated by the CBO website. I just colored in the green column.

And I'd bet ya a dozen chocolate milkshakes that SS ain't the only "accounting fiction" the gubmint is offering up to us dumb citizens.

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