Senate OKs $800B Debt Limit Hike

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  1. zimv20 macrumors 601

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  2. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    I think foreign banks need to learn another Republican mantra: Just Say No.
     
  3. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    What a bunch of hypocrites. Attacking Kerry as a tax-n-spend liberal while holding back an up-or-down vote on this issue, both soley for political purposes. And they call themselves the party of morals. Sick and wrong. :mad:
     
  4. Desertrat macrumors newbie

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    mac, you ever run the numbers on the federal budget?

    The Irag doings cost us, what, some $100 billion per year?

    The Bush tax cuts forego, what, some $100 billion per year?

    The deficit is running somewhere north of $450 billion per year, right?

    If I'm halfway right, we're going in the hole $250 billion a year even if we pull out of Iraq and jack up taxes where they were in 2000.

    So, of obligated and prior-law spending, what would you cut? The Old Farts' Free Pill Act hasn't even kicked in, yet, moneywise. We could dump No Child Left Behind, since folks here don't think it works.

    I dunno...

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  5. Xtremehkr macrumors 68000

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    Yeah I would he say he could have gone without being the first President to cut taxes in a time of war. Or giving $140 Billion (more than the public was told about) to the pharmacuetical industry and calling it a health care plan. Or the $1.5 Billion to promote marriages. Or the uncontested $7 Billion to Halliburton to rebuild a country when they have a record of ripping the government off.

    Have you taken a look at the increases in Federal Government Expenditures? GWB has increased the size of government more than any Democrat.

    Perhaps there is a really good explanation for why we are mortgaging the country?

    What did I read somewhere, it's like imposing a "child tax" for future generations who are going to be working to pay that interest off.
     
  6. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    Currency traders are betting that the dollar will lose even more value given gw's lack of desire to trim the deficit. Snow has been in Europe this week and his lack of substantial support for a strong dollar means that it will only get worse. What's more is that gw has utterly failed to address the deficit issue. What were his first words after the election? To overhaul SS at an estimated cost of over $7 trillion over 10 years. Hardly the sign of a president who is paying attention to the plight of US importers AND exporters. There are precious few companies making products solely from US made parts. While a low dollar should help exports, it also increases the costs of manufacturing, probably one of the reasons why US exports have had such a dismal year. Also, Greenspan is likely to retire in the next couple of years and many around the world view him as the major reason to invest in the US. Should his successor in any way founder, I've no doubt the dollar will tank even further.

    Despite the Eurozone's less than spectacular growth and reluctance on the part of Germany and France to restrain deficit spending, the Euro is increasingly seen as a safer and less volatile currency than is the dollar. I've seen some estimates that if the US deficit isn't cut in half, the Euro could jump to 1.8 to the dollar. The Swiss Franc has also seen a huge increase as has gold, the increase of both of those has always boded ill for the US dollar.
     
  7. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Art (Art?) I'm not making any judgement about the need for raising the debt ceiling at this point. It's a done deal, and needs to happen so we can repay the money we're already pulling from another source. I think it sucks that many people (yourself seemingly included) use the excuse that because we're already at least $250B in the hole by your account, that we might as well go whole hog and jack that up to a half billion. The GOP run Congress is spending like a you-know-what. The supposedly fiscally conservative president hasn't managed to find his veto pen yet to reign in the Congress. He has expanded the federal government at a rate that would shame any self-respecting conservative.

    And yet the party was more than happy to let GWB go on the campaign trail and ridicule Kerry as a Taxachusettes tax-n-spend liberal. That pisses me off when I hear such hipocracy. That was what I was grousing about, and putting it off until after the election when a lame-duck Congress gets to put the stamp on it. F-that. Have some balls. If you are talk the talk of fiscal conservatism, walk the walk too.

    Same way I felt about the Democrats who rolled over and gave Bush the authority to go to war because they were scared they would lose big the next time around. Well guess what guys! :mad:
     
  8. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    The single largest hazard of the runaway deficit and plunging dollar is the prospect of foreign investors losing their appetite for US federal debt. Combine this with the recent spike in inflation and I think it's not too soon to worry about high interest rates combined with inflation and mediocre economic growth, aka, stagflation -- perhaps not on the magnitude of the 1970s, but enough to take a real bite out of consumer spending. And where is the US economy without consumer spending? That's right, nowheresville.

    A glimmer of hope: The stock markets have performed reasonably well this year, so the federal tax take might be higher than projected and the deficit a bit smaller than anticipated.
     
  9. skunk macrumors G4

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    Read: "Consumer Borrowing".
     
  10. pseudobrit macrumors 68040

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    That's half trillion, with a tr.

    It looks like this:

    450,000,000,000

    That's 450 thousand million dollars.

    Our national debt ceiling (which we're going to hit sooner than later) looks like this:

    8,180,000,000,000

    That's over eight million million dollars

    As of right now the debt is 7,447,292,610,356.92 and it grows 1,600,000,000 every day.

    At the current rate of spending, we'll borrow all of that credit limit in 458 days.

    Sometime in Spring year after next we'll need a higher limit. Again.

    Maybe we can open another national debt and use one to pay off the other.
     
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    man i had a lecture about astronomy today and the numbers were not as impressive than this

    in 2005 austria will have more than 5 billion deficit ...nearly 2 more than the year before... if austria would be the size of the US it would be still below 200 billions ..and the total deficit (150 billion euro) would be 5625 billions..our politicians like to spend a lot too ;)
    (with a deficit of 5 billions do we really need to shell out 1,5 billions _more_ for getting eurofighters instead of gripens when we are surrounded by friendly nations with a lot of bigger airforces anyway ?)

    nice quote:

    There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.
    Richard Feynman
     
  13. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Oh I was only talking deficit figures for this year. I don't think we're a half trill in the hole this year alone. I hope not anyway!
     
  14. stubeeef macrumors 68030

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    I've got a great idea,

    Let's all get our zero interest for 12+ months credit card offers together, and just roll that 8t over interest free!
     
  15. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    What about those crazy Slovaks to the east? :D and the Ukraine is just beyond them.....

    It's not about whether Austria or any other country needs them, it's about whose **** is bigger. The US military is littered with useless planes, ships and defense systems simply because of someone's perceived inadequacy in the bedroom. That and watching too many John Wayne movies.
     
  16. stubeeef macrumors 68030

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    Impossible, you can never watch too many John Wayne movies! :eek:
     
  17. pseudobrit macrumors 68040

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    I know. And yes, we almost are.

    "Jacking up" 250 billion would mean you'd jack it up to half a trillion, or $500 billion.
     
  18. Xtremehkr macrumors 68000

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    Claim vs. Fact

    You can check people claims about the deficit vs. reality here.
     
  19. Desertrat macrumors newbie

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    Mac, if I had my druthers, there'd be neither deficit nor debt.

    There is relatively little discretionary spending in the federal budget unless Congress actually reduces programs. Yeah, they twiddle a bit, here and there, but there are never any notable reductions in total program spending.

    Congress either raises the debt ceiling or shuts down the government. We've seen the political gamesmanship of shutdowns from just arguments over El Prez not signing a budget he doesn't like...

    But I think my question is germane; where's the balanced-budget $250 billion supposed to come from?

    'Rat
     
  20. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    There is another way to reduce the deficit besides just cutting programs....
     
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