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In 2011 there were more than 165,000 pages of federal #regulations with which American companies had to comply!
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"Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it's not true. For one thing, there's no such thing as a free network." +Jerry Brito 
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Our senior scholar Veronique de Rugy's new charts explain how "3 Factors" turned surpluses into deficits.  Can you guess what the "3 Factors are?  #federaldeficit  
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"Surplus" by definition means that something was left over.  Considering we're talking about government expenditures, a surplus would mean that there was more revenue than expenditures.

The facts:
1) Expenditures went up (the Government spent more)
2) Revenue/income did not increase as much as expenditures

See: http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/histdebt/histdebt_histo4.htm

1+2=3: there was never a surplus

It's not partisan politics, it's cause and effect. I think people who believe there was a surplus either display cognitive dissonance (rabid partisans), have educated themselves into imbecility (scholars who debate specific numbers while ignoring the overall debt), or only get their information from a television.

The only surplus was that of smoke and mirrors (voodoo economics).
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For over 25 years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has been the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real world problems. 

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