Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Out of their Asses

Yes, I believe the economy has changed so much that the deficit projections have fallen by two thirds.

WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Budget Office is predicting the government will accumulate another $855 billion in deficits over the next decade, excluding the costs of President Bush's Social Security plan and ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The report, described by a congressional aide who spoke on condition of anonymity, was being released Tuesday, the same day administration officials were expected to describe President Bush's request for fresh $80 billion request to pay for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan this year.

The deficit projections for the years 2006 through 2015 is almost two-thirds smaller than what congressional budget analysts predicted last fall, but the drop is largely due to estimating quirks that required it to exclude future Iran and Afghanistan war costs. Last September, their 10-year deficit estimate was $2.3 trillion.

The numbers also exclude plans to make the tax cuts permanent and the inevitable AMT rejiggering.

...haha, oh Lordy, "required it to exclude future Iran and Afghanistan war costs."