Here is an example:
The Senate highway bill unveiled Tuesday assumes that crude oil prices will rise by nearly 90 percent in the next 10 years in order to raise money for infrastructure. The bill proposes selling oil from the federal government’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve. It’s the result of a deal hashed out by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). Lawmaker’s project that by selling 101 billion barrels from the 693-billion-barrel stockpile they would raise $9 billion if the federal government sells the oil between 2018 and 2025. In the bill, the price of crude oil is estimated to average $89.10 per barrel.
The oil sales are one of numerous creative provisions that the bill uses to fund infrastructure without raising the gas tax, which has historically been the main source of funding for federal highway programs. No business or family could possibly stay solvent if they used these same foolish gimmicks. The price of any commodity is difficult to project for even six months into the future much less three to ten years. Oil is a commodity that is very susceptible to other price demands as well. Production of oil is controllable by the congress. The demand for oil is based on many factors. The very people who are projecting this increase in oil are also doing everything to curb its demand which would lower the price.
This accounting gimmick is used for political purposes which is true for all spending bills today. What we know will happen, based on history, is the money will be spent and the revenues will not match the spending. The difference will be added to the deficit. This is the same recipe for disaster perfected by Greece. This problem is not just a Marxist problem but is a problem because the citizens of The United States will pay no attention. Any member of congress, who supports this type of gimmickry, should be removed from office the very next election. This irresponsibility by congress transcends parties.