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  •  To be fair when asked that question many (2+ / 0-)
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    Hawksana, Whatithink

    Americans would probably think they were asking whether the total amount owed by the u.s. was getting larger, rather than what was happening with the budget deficit looked at on a year by year basis

    "I smoke. If this bothers anyone, I suggest you look around at the world in which we live and shut your fuckin' mouth." --- Bill Hicks

    by voroki on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 08:14:52 AM PST

    •  This IS the reason most think it's getting larger (4+ / 0-)

      Because it is getting larger.  It's slowing, yes, but 94% are not technically wrong under a reasonable interpretation of the question.

      The much bigger issue is the number of seemingly intelligent people who argue that Obama has run up much more debt than Bush.  

      Joe Scarborough went on about that again this week.  Nobody asked Joe, "What should Obama have done differently - raise taxes? Make massive spending cuts in a recessing (and pull troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan immediately)?  Both? What could he have done to avoid running up debt at the rate we did?"

      Then, ask what Congress would have done with what Obama should have proposed.

      West. No further west. All sea. --Robert Grenier

      by Nicolas Fouquet on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 08:25:53 AM PST

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      •  It's Congress's responsibility anyway (0+ / 0-)

        Obama just does what they tell him to, on paper anyway.

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 09:02:30 AM PST

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      •  No, it's not getting larger (2+ / 0-)
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        Jim M, Whatithink

        "It" in this case is the deficit. The deficit is getting smaller. The debt is continuing to increase. The debt and the deficit are not the same thing, but every deficit increases the debt.

        94% were dead wrong, full stop.

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