The Budget Surplus

American VoicesPolitics ISSUE 34•11 Oct 14, 1998

The 1998 fiscal year ended with a federal budget surplus of $70 billion, the first surplus in three decades. What do you think?

  • “We must've gotten all that money when we stopped buying those $3,000 hammers.”

    Christopher Meacham –
    Delivery Driver

  • “I propose that a gold-doubloon-filled national vault be built in which all U.S. citizens may frolic and shout 'I'm rich! I'm rich!'”

    Suzanne Gamble –
    Potter

  • “This is great. Now we can finally pay off .0000002 percent of the interest on the national debt." ”

    Meredith Wynegar –
    Mechanical Engineer

  • “Imagine that–all this happening right before an election. What luck.”

    Jim Nettles –
    Science Teacher

  • “Seventy billion might seem like a lot but just wait until the government finds out how much tax it'll have to pay on it.”

    Rick Randolph –
    Systems Analyst

  • “Do you think we should put that money toward bailing out our bankrupt Social Security system? Me neither. PlayStations for all!”

    Eric Milbourne –
    Student

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