US federal budget, 2008 - $2.9 trillion (submitted 2007 by President Bush)
US federal budget, 2007 - $2.8 trillion (submitted 2006 by President Bush)
US federal budget, 2006 - $2.6 trillion (submitted 2005 by President Bush)
US federal budget, 2005 - $2.4 trillion (submitted 2004 by President Bush)
US federal budget, 2004 - $2.2 trillion (submitted 2003 by President Bush)
US federal budget, 2003 - $2.1 trillion (submitted 2002 by President Bush)
US federal budget, 2002 - $2.0 trillion (submitted 2001 by President Bush)
US federal budget, 2001 - $1.8 trillion (submitted 2000 by President Clinton)
US federal budget, 2000 - $1.8 trillion (submitted 1999 by President Clinton)
US federal budget, 1999 - $1.7 trillion (submitted 1998 by President Clinton)
US federal budget, 1998 - $1.7 trillion (submitted 1997 by President Clinton)
US federal budget, 1997 - $1.6 trillion (submitted 1996 by President Clinton)
US federal budget, 1996 - $1.6 trillion (submitted 1995 by President Clinton)
U.S. Govt Debt
It looks as if federal spending has increased 60% over six years and there has been a 50% increase in the "on budget" federal debt at the same time. I guess Keynes was right.ReplyDelete
It's the Trillions in off budget obligations that will be coming home to roost.ReplyDelete
The Iraq War being instructive in that regard. The Federals will have cycled nearly a $ Trillion $ USD through Iraq, in five years, with barely an economic ripple.
So a $13 Trillion USD unfunded liability may not be as great as it appears. Besides the Supremes have Ruled, the Federals do not really owe Social Security benefits, to anyone.
So it's is not a "real" liability.
From Cap Gain at KudlowsReplyDelete
BRIAN WESTBURY SAYS: "...When January budget data comes out this week, our models predict that tax revenues continued to surge and the federal budget will show a surplus of more than $40 billion.
This would pull the budget deficit on a 12-month moving average basis below $200 billion for the first time since September 2002 - a massive reduction from the peak deficit of $455 billion in the 12-months ending April 2004.
Tax revenues were $2.479 trillion in the 12 months ending in January 2007, a $255 billion increase from the 12 months ending in January 2006. Tax revenues have surged for almost three consecutive years now, ever since the tax cuts of 2003 stimulated a strong economic recovery.
Barring a Really, Really Big Dust-up in the ME we will probably reach "Balance" in the Unified Budget in 08'ReplyDelete
Something I Predicted over at Kudlows in 05', I might add.ReplyDelete
How's that for being ahead of the curve?
Something you need to keep in mind. The Really "Important" metric, DEBT "SERVICE" TO GDP, Actually, "Fell," last year, and will "Fall," again, this year.ReplyDelete
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Another reason, rufus, to further discount the possibility of covert military operations against Iran.ReplyDelete
Prosperity in the Homeland is going to be of paramount importance come '08.
If it is to be a "Long War" then the successful hand off of Presidental Authority should become the mission of primary importance, from here on out.
Or become the crowning item on the Administrations list of slow cascading failures in TWAT.
I'm assuming you meant "overt," but, yeah I agree, "NOBODY WANTS "WAR" WITH IRAN!"ReplyDelete
Something else, remember that those low budget numbers in the 90's were on the back of "Defense." A hollowed-out Military, No Missile Defense, No F-22, No F-35, etc.
Not enough trigger-pullers, etc.ReplyDelete
To neatly complement Deuce’s thread, see TigerHawk:ReplyDelete
Defense Spending and GDP
Overt was, should, have been the word.ReplyDelete
The Administration talked up a mountain, produced a molehill.
Afraid of the ramifications of reality.
Let’s see, you are the government of Kenya and you have in custody jihadist foreign nationals, arrested upon illegally entering your country while fleeing the forces of the lawful government of Somalia, upon whom same jihadists had waged an unlawful war, so, what do you do, what do you do?ReplyDelete
1) Turn the scumbags over to the government of Somalia.
2) Tell the State Department to “bite it.”
Two American Muslims Arrested in Kenya Fighting for Somalia
The "Game" is On.
Old, old, Old Market saying, "Sell on the Trumpets, Buy on the Cannons."ReplyDelete
Only one question: Are those Cannons we hear (Warner thinks so,) or Trumpets?
BTW, as regards the original post. You need to be aware that all of those "unfunded liabilities" doomsday scenarios rest on Very pessimistic Growth Projections.ReplyDelete
If we grow our economy anywhere near our fifty year average of 3.3%, all of that goes away.
Oh my god, there's so much worthwhile information here!ReplyDelete