The government makes a budget every year and if they manage to stay within that budget they call it a surplus. If they decide that in the year to come to will spend $ 200 billion and they spend only $ 195.586 billion they have a surplus of $ 414 million.
Update: (Hat tip R) Obama explains why the tools of war are being left in the lurch (video removed but text here) on their bases around the world while their partners and kids await foreclosure and hunger at home. Nothing to do with collapsing empire. No Sir, no way! Uh uh wouldn’t happen to the […]