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Subject:  Re: smaller government, DrB? Date:  5/15/2013  6:46 PM
Author:  1poorguy Number:  423045 of 439618

In 1990 it was

342/1253 = 27%


That's deceptive, Bob. And I'm sure you know it. It's a larger percentage of a smaller number. What does that mean? Not much. The poster you're responding to did an outstanding job of showing that real expenditures went UP. And they went up A LOT. That other expenditures also went up more than inflation, giving you that larger total number, doesn't mitigate the increase in defense spending.

I'm not saying (here) whether that increase was justified or not, simply pointing out that your way of presenting the statistic was specious. (And that's twice this week you've made me use that word! Try to be more transparent, like the other poster was.)

1poorguy
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