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The government cash machine will generate more bounty in the years ahead

U.S. government budget deficit and projected surplus

'90 -$221 billion '99 $120 billion '09 $413 billion

Cumulative surplus: $2.9 trillion

Of this $2.9 trillion, $1.9 trillion is set aside for Social Security, leaving $1 trillion

Source: Congressional Budget Office July 1, 1999

For $1 trillion, you can buy any of:

Food for 121,124,031 families of four for a year in the U.S. 588 Space Shuttles 12 Bill Gateses 62.5 billion School Library Books Health Insurance for 44 million Americans for 10 years $3,664.50 for every man, woman and child in the U.S. Texas (gross state product $600 billion) and Illinois (GSP...

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