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After 8 years inaction, must act based on rosy forecast

Q: The surplus is not guaranteed, so how will you pay for your programs?

LIEBERMAN: We’re not spending any more than is projected by the experts. In fact, unlike our opponents, we’re setting aside $300 billion in a reserve fund just in case those projections the nonpartisan experts make are not quite right. We understand that balancing the budget, keeping America out of debt is the way to keep interest rates down and the economy growing.

CHENEY: With respect to the surplus, we’ve got to make some kind of forecast. We can’t make 12 month decisions in this business. We’re talking about the kinds of fundamental changes in programs and government that are going to affect people’s lives for the next 25 or 30 years. And one of the difficulties we have is that for the last eight years, we ignored a lot these problems. We haven’t moved aggressively on Social Security. There are important issues out there that need to be resolved, and it’s important for us to get on with that business.

Source: (X-ref Lieberman) Vice-Presidential debate Oct 5, 2000

Give responsible tax relief by returning 5% of surplus

Q: What will you do with the surplus?

A: We take half of the projected surplus and set it aside for Social Security, over $2.4 trillion. We take roughly a fourth of it for other urgent priorities, such as Medicare reform and education, and we take roughly one-fourth of it and return it in the form of a tax cut. The Senate Budget Committee has totaled up all the promises that Vice President Gore has made, and they total $900 billion above the projected surplus. The fact is that the program that we put together we think is very responsible. Over the next 10 years we’ll collect roughly $25 trillion in revenue. We want to take about 5% of that and return that to the American taxpayer. The average American family is paying about 40% in federal, state and local taxes. We think it is appropriate to return to the American people so that they can make choices themselves in how that money ought to be spent, whether they want to spend it on education or on retirement or on paying their bills.

Source: Vice-Presidential debate Oct 5, 2000

Budget surplus softens opposition to spending

During his 11 years in Congress, Cheney also voted as a fiscal conservative, supporting legislation to balance the national budget, while opposing spending in most areas outside of defense. Embracing the younger Bush’s campaign theme of “compassionate conservatism,” Cheney said that the nation’s unprecedented budgets surplus gives Republicans “the opportunity I think to go out and do some things that we might have opposed 20 years ago.”
Source:, “Opens campaign in Wyoming” Jul 26, 2000

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