Spurious budget numbers

To show that President Bush can fulfill his campaign promise to cut the deficit in half … administration officials have decided to measure their progress against a $521 billion deficit they predicted last February rather than last year’s actual shortfall of $413 billionNYTimes.

They’re also ignoring:

  • the cost of the war
  • plans to privatize Social Security
  • repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax

And were we informed of this during the election campaign? In the commercial world, this is called “bait and switch”.

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