Most of you are evidently unaware of "Net operating Losses" NOL allowances. What affect do you think NOL had on U.S. tax revenue considering this: 1) The Stock Market Crash of 2000-2002 caused the loss of $5 trillion in the market value of companies from March 2000 to October 2002. The 9/11 terrorist destruction of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers, killing almost 700 employees of Cantor-Fitzgerald, accelerated the stock market drop; the NYSE suspended trading for four sessions. Dot-com bubble - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia If using the IRS rule that $3,000 for 30 years can be written off against income thus reducing Federal tax revenue by at least $166 billion a year starting with 2002 and on. Then considering the worst hurricane seasons (plural) in history that had And 4 of the TOP MOST EXPENSIVE ($240 Billion ) hurricanes??? #1 Hurricane Katrina August 2005 Louisiana The most destructive hurricane in US History caused an estimated $100 - $200 billion in damage. #3 Hurricane Charley August 13 - 14, 2004 Florida causing $15 billion in damage #4 Hurricane Ivan September 16 - 24, 2004 Southeastern United States $14.2 billion in damage in its wake. #8 Hurricane Frances September 5, 2004 Florida caused $8.9 billion in damage. http://www.epicdisasters.com/index.php/site/comments/the_ten_costliest_us_hurricanes/ Add those losses to the $166 billion how much tax revenue was lost from 2002 up through today? If the above events which evidently people have forgotten HAD not occurred there would have been a $101.2 billion surplus in 2008! Actual expenditures dot.com/911 worst hurricane seasons in history. 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 $3,220 $3,422 $3,624 $3,827 $4,109 $4,319 $4,636 $5,020 So the actual deficit ($101.9) (165.2) 42.5 382.7 446.6 176.1 (679.6) $101.2 billion in surplus IF those events had not occurred. BUT THEY DID HAPPEN! Could the dot.com been avoided? Could 9/11 been prevented? Could hurricanes been avoided? ALL events that ONLY a God like Obama could have prevented..right? Or should we continue to "BLAMEBUSH"???