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  •  I noticed something when I was looking at the (4+ / 0-)

    materials on his budget website. There's a document that includes a table with the debt amount starting in 2012 and projected 10 years forward.  Rather  than use the Public Debt number that ticked over $16 trillion this year, he used the Debt Held by the Public which excluded Intragovermental Holdings.  So the numbers start at $11.3 trillion and increase each year from there.  The ending number is obviously going to be lower than it would be if he used the higher Public Debt number.  I wouldn't be surprised if he takes credit somewhere in the literature for creating a plan with a better result than Obama's when he's really using an entirely different set of numbers.  That's probably the closest he can get to erasing debt for real.

    "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves." - Abraham Lincoln

    by leftreborn on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 09:43:32 PM PST

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    •  I just read about FOX news screwing w/ econ data (5+ / 0-)

      using charts & graphs that make no sense, but seem to support GOP claims about the economy.  

      It's hilarious in a really sad & very scary way - much like Ryan's budget gaffs & the GOP scripted crapola.

      'Baffle 'em with Bullsh*t' is an operating principle for all abusers.

      Thanks very much for the diary - I have been too afraid of having my brain injured by trying to read the Ryan budget proposal myself.

      Something that doesn't make good sense, makes bad sense. That means someone is being deliberately hurtful & selfish. Look for motives behind actions & words.

      by CA wildwoman on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 12:50:41 AM PST

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