Budget deficit is $422 billion - or $571 billion counting borrowing from social security
What is wrong with more transparency? Obviously the politicians would not like it, but think about how much better our government would be if:
- Outlaw voice votes in Congress - this is a way to hide voting records from constituants.
- By law, force Congress to publish clearly on a web site all voting records and have appropriate selection filters so that people could quickly see how their representatives voted. Correlate voting wih data on campaign contributions.
- Require people in government to sign off on finance data and make it a crime to lie about it.
And by-the-way: arguments about "deficits do not matter" are so much bullshit. Sure, if you are old, have no kids or grandchildren, and basically do not care about the society you leave behind: then deficits do not matter. I find it kind of scary that people will even promote the idea that "deficits do not matter": really out of touch with reality and common sense. We will see a crash in our economy in the next few years no matter who wins the next election; it might not be a "fun" or popular idea, but I think that we should try to make recovering from the next economic crash as soft as possible: for example; try to keep the deficit down!