Red Ink


A look at the federal budget since 2000, with projections, for what little they are worth, by the White House and the Congressional Budget Office to 2019.  By CBO estimates last week, the budget deficits between now and 2019 would total $9, 300, 000, 000, 000.00.  The entire cost of WW2 for the US in 2008 dollars was 3.6 trillion.  This year the budget deficit will total 13% of our gross domestic product.  This isn’t economic policy, it is lunacy.  These type of deficits are completely unsustainable, and we are running towards national bankruptcy.  It is impossible to borrow these type of funds from abroad.  We will simply create the funds out of thin air.  The long term impact on our children and their children can be easily imagined.  As the Heritage Foundation points out, this is a completely bi-partisan disaster.  Politicians have acted like teen-agers with stolen credit cards for far too long.  However, this will stop.  It will stop either by voters throwing out of office the fiscally irresponsible, or, much more likely in my estimation, the economy will simply hit a brick wall.  This will not, cannot, go on.  How it is stopped is up to us.

Update I:  The President of the EU slams current US economic policy as a road to hell.  I never thought I would live to see the day when a President of the EU would have more economic sense than a President of the US.

UpdateII:  Hattip to Instapundit.  A sign of things to come.  Stocks slide after a lack-lustre sale of T bills and notes: 

“Bond prices fell after the auction of $34 billion in 5-year Treasury notes. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which moves opposite its price, jumped to 2.77 percent from 2.71 percent late Tuesday. The yield on the three-month T-bill rose to 0.19 percent from 0.17 percent Tuesday.

Investors gave an unexpectedly cool response to the note sale just a day after a $40 billion auction of 2-year notes suggested strong demand. The government is running up huge deficits in order to fund an array of plans to provide stimulus to the economy and support to the ailing financial system. Any suggestion that demand for U.S. government debt is weakening is a negative for stocks, simply because Wall Street has been relying so heavily on the government’s rescue plans.

The surge of worry over the debt auction wiped out the market’s early optimism in response to durable goods and home sales data.”

9 Responses to Red Ink

  1. blackadderiv says:

    The most telling thing about this chart is that budget deficits go down until 2012, and then start rising again. What a coincidence!

  2. Donald R. McClarey says:

    BAIV how cynical you are. A man after my own heart!

  3. John Henry says:

    Coming soon to a debate/campaign ad near you. As many others have observed, it still feels like Obama is campaigning.

  4. Donald R. McClarey says:

    I think this is poor political strategy. Americans, at least most normal Americans (I rather enjoy politics) hate political campaigns, and the techiques that might work in an election year I think are often ill-suited to drumming up policy support. Plus, in regard to these deficits, there is not enough lipstick in the world to make this pig look pretty.

  5. John Henry says:


    Agreed. Who (besides me) wants people knocking on their door to talk about a Congressional Budget proposal? Plus it looks kind of silly, it’s unlikely to budge approval ratings or public support, and it is likely to discourage your volunteers. And that’s not even mentioning the substance of the proposal, which is not particularly inspired.

  6. Rob says:

    Thanks so much for posting this…. Everyone slams me when I try to explain how it doesn’t make sense to spend loads of borrowed money to get out of a recession….. Thank goodness someone else sees the faulty logic in this current economic plan

  7. Eric Brown says:

    I thought I was the only one that had the perception that sometimes it seems that Obama is still running for president.

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