On Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 2:09 PM, kirby urner <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: ... > I know that sounds expensive, but on the contrary it's not up to > taxpayers to provide in many cases. I'm up for stacking all the > military costs directly on taxpayers as their primary liability as > citizens (the flip side of a Reaganesque position), and then seeing > what's left over. Could be that US taxpayers give 0.0 in foreign aid > once all military (including VA, pensions) are subtracted, and that > much education is borrowed not-revenue too. Paul will maybe run the > numbers for us. > > Once military expenses, broadly are interpreted, are subtracted from > net IRS revenue, what's left for taxpayers to take credit for? Do USA > citizens even pay for their own schools? Or is that China again? >
I already did run them in a general way in my message
as well as in other messages, repeatedly. It's just not that hard to get the total debt to start moving down as a percentage of GDP while not reducing social spending. It just takes smarts and guts on the part of non-conservative politicians (conservative ones are not interested in lowering the debt while preserving social spending).