A mountain of debt

From Kevin D. Williamson:

Man, I miss the fiscal discipline of the Bush era!


I never expected to write those words. The Bush-era Republicans were out-of-control big spenders, fiending for appropriations, handing out largesse, creating giant new health-care entitlements here, building nations there, all with a devil-may-care attitude about where the money would come from. They were all carrot and no stick, cutting taxes but not doing a thing about spending.

And then:

A mid-year budget review by the Obama administration forecasts the deficit will be $1.47 trillion this year and $1.42 trillion next year as the U.S. struggles to recover from the recession.

This year’s budget shortfall is $84 billion less than President Barack Obama’s budget office projected in February because of lower than projected spending for unemployment and some government programs. Still, the total would be a record and represent 10 percent of gross domestic product.

That is from the Mid-Session Budget review, where the government checks in on the federal books and sees how closely they match up to the actual budget. Pretty close, in this case — unfortunately.

Let me see if I can type this right: $1,470,000,000,000.00 — and that is just the part of the bill that we do not know how to pay. The actual bill for government spending this year is more than twice that. We are borrowing 41 cents of every dollar we spend. We are spending $36,000 per household.

Okay, here is the ritual denunciation: That is the biggest deficit in the history of the United States of America, in gross dollars. For Pete’s sake.

And here is the reality: That is the biggest deficit in the history of the United States of America since World War II, as a portion of GDP. That deficit is about 10 percent of GDP; the Bush-era deficits were typically about 3 percent of GDP.


Now, keep that in mind as you read this:

A New Era of Responsibility


One thought on “A mountain of debt

  1. one responsibility for 2010 should be to take care of the things from 2009 like I, never got my economic stimulas checkI, may have spelled it wrong but you know what I, mean 250 a one time payment I, should have gotten in May2009 I, changed Banks at that time and they havent cought up with me yet . somebodys not doing a good job my other check get to me .whats with Social Security. I, wish someone will look into this 250 may not be much to some people but I,am a 72 year old Cancer patient and could use all the extra I, can get. Thanks for letting me poast my comments. looking to hear from you Thanks & God Bless

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