We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
a) psychosis, in that they simply believe that economics doesn't apply, and they should be able to borrow and spend without limit and without consequence forever;
b) it's bubble psychology, ride it until it pops, spend until we can no longer, and don't think, plan, or deal with it until then;
c) an enemy within, destroying the current regime to seize power in the ensuing chaos.
Doesn't matter what the answer is, your neighbors and countrymen have voted for this, and will continue to do so, and so we are well and truly @#$%^&!.
"The media then treats the number as a revelation from God."
And, apparently, so do the President and every Congressional Democrat....or have you forgotten that THE main selling point of Obamacare during The Great Debate over the legislation was that it would reduce the cost of healthcare to the nation and, more specifically, lower the cost of healthcare paid by the government and thus reduce the annual federal budget deficit. And to prove that the Gospel of Obama was God's true word, the Democrats had the CBO score their healthcare bill under their rules....without anyone reading the bill or knowing what was in it.
So, if you're saying no one should take the CBO numbers seriously now, doesn't that also mean no one should have taken the CBO, Obama, and the Dems at their word back then? You know, I think you just might have a very good point there!
Right. The numbers aren't believable at any time because they are projections too far into the future. Even when there is no deliberate bias the numbers out depend upon the numbers put in.
What were the predictions produced in 2005 about our economy in 2008? Or those in 2008 about unemployment in 2011?
How reliable are estimates made for simpler matters such as projecting the sales growth of electric cars? But at least the car makers don't think of themselves as deities who sell cars to save the children.
Politicians first decide what they wish to do. Or more accurately they decide what they will force others to do. That is ideology. Then agreeable numbers are found to support the programs. And the other side produces different numbers. When the other side is allowed to exist.
No they don't. Like all good fifth-columnists, they assume they'll be insulated and well taken care of by their betters as a reward for helping to bring about the revolution, komrade. Hey, it worked in the USSR for a while.
In a word, yes. They care that it's taking so long to destroy this republic. Once it falls apart, they expect to be the ones to take over. Since America has no organized right wing to oppose them, the commies are NOT just whistling Dixie.
Of course they care. They care if they get reelected. They know human nature better then Republicans do. We all want free stuff. Promise me free stuff and I will vote for you. This works... until that day when it collapses. Every Democrat hopes the collapse occur after they are out of office and preferably when a Republican is in office so they can begin the cycle again.