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While federal deficits have been declining for three straight years, they are still imprudently high given our current economic growth and the impending retirement of the baby-boom generation. The costs of the global war on terrorism have served to increase the federal deficit; however, the federal deficit far exceeds the cost of the war. For example, in fiscal 2006 the unified federal budget deficit was approximately $248 billion, while the federal government’s gross operating deficit was approximately $434 billion (excluding consideration of the Social Security and other off-budget surpluses). Of these deficit amounts, approximately $100 billion related to the war.