Saturday, February 2, 2013
Editorial | Deconstruction
By TERESA TRITCH
Published: July 23, 2011
With President Obama and Republican leaders calling for cutting the budget by trillions over the next 10 years, it is worth asking how we got here — from healthy surpluses at the end of the Clinton era, and the promise of future surpluses, to nine straight years of deficits, including the $1.3 trillion shortfall in 2010. The answer is largely the Bush-era tax cuts, war spending in Iraq and Afghanistan, and recessions.
Despite what antigovernment conservatives say, non-
discretionary spending on areas like foreign aid, education and food
safety was not a driving factor in creating the deficits. In
fact, such spending, accounting for only 15 percent of the budget, has
been basically flat as a share of the economy for decades. Cutting it simply will not fill the deficit hole.
The first graph shows the difference between budget projections and budget reality. In 2001, President George W. Bush inherited a surplus, with projections by the Congressional Budget Office for ever-increasing surpluses, assuming continuation of the good economy and President Bill Clinton’s policies. But every year starting in 2002, the budget fell into deficit. In January 2009, just before President Obama took office, the budget office projected a $1.2 trillion deficit for 2009 and deficits in subsequent years, based on continuing Mr. Bush’s policies and the effects of recession. Mr. Obama’s policies in 2009 and 2010, including the stimulus package, added to the deficits in those years but are largely temporary. READ MORE
Friday, February 1, 2013
GPS navigation systems have an array of functions to find your current location in real time. Nearly all GPS navigation systems on have menus and features that are similar to other portable GPS devices on the market. If your cell phone doesn't have a built-in GPS, you can either subscribe to GPS navigation with your cellular phone carrier or use an online GPS tracking service to track your location.
Step 1Choose a free online GPS tracking service, such as InstaMapper, Glympse or Buddyway, to track your current location with your cell phone. Some free online GPS cell phone tracking services require that you sign up for an account with them.
Step 2Click the "Sign Up" hyperlink near the top of the GPS cell tracking website. Type a username in the Username field. Create a password in the Password field. Type your current email address in the Email Address field. Read the Terms of Service agreement, and click the "I Agree. Create My Account" button when you're finished.
Step 3Click the "Add a Tracking Device" hyperlink to select your cell phone model from the list on the Web page. Many of the free online GPS cell phone tracking services are compatible with Apple iPhones, Android, BlackBerry and Motorola phones. If you do not see your cell phone listed, you may not be able to use the GPS tracking service. You may be able to use the service if your cell phone is GPS-enabled, has an unlimited data plan and is able to run Java MIDP-2.0 applications. Click the "Other" button if it's shown on the Web page.
Step 4Write down the device key number that's shown on the Web page if you are required to use a device key number with the account. Download and install the GPS Tracker application on your cell phone. Log out of your account.
Step 5Launch the application from your cell phone's Home or Settings screen. Tap the "Continue" button. Enter the device key number that you previously wrote down into the field box. Tap the "Save" button when you're done.
Step 6Log into your GPS cell phone tracking account to find your location on your cell phone. When the GPS tracking software is running on your cell phone, it transmits your real-time location. You are able to see information, such as the latitude, longitude, time and speed at which you're traveling, on your phone.
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