We don't have to "imagine" the surplus. One only need to look at President Bill Clinton to know what a surplus looks like. Now let's see what happens to that same surplus under a Republican. Poof! Vanished without a peep from your camp.<quoted text>
In the real America, aren't people supposed to feed and clothe themselves? And for those that cannot, there are private charities?
I think it goes back to a constitutional issue. The defense of our country is in there--food and clothing for citizens are not.
"I cannot undertake to lay my finger, on that article of the Constitution, that grants Congress the right, of expending money on articles of benevolence, the money of their constituents."
James Madison, annals of Congress, 1794
Imagine the surplus and not debt we would have today if we only listened to Mr. Madison all these years.
(Insert provided GOP excuse here)