The United States posted an $82.69 billion deficit in April, nearly four times the $20.91 billion shortfall registered in April 2009 and the largest on record for that month, the Treasury Department said on Wednesday.
It was more than twice the $40-billion deficit that Wall Street economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast and was striking since April marks the filing deadline for individual income taxes that are the main source of government revenue... officials said that in prior years, there was a surplus during April in 43 out of the past 56 years.
It's another Obama record!
U.S. lawmakers must act quickly to tackle a large budget deficit if the United States wants to avoid the kind of debt crisis that hit Greece, the White House's top budget official said on Wednesday.
Say, Wally, if that's the White House adviser, what are the alarmists saying?
Well, if nothing else, we now know officially just how great those tax receipts were. Good thing too - we can end that whole superficial tax receipt debate and focus on important things. April's tax deficit of $83 billion was the highest April deficit on record. America is now more bankrupt than ever. Income was $245.3 billion, 8% below the total recorded last April. Spending was $328.0 billion, up 14% year-over-year. A year ago in April the deficit was $20.9 billion. And here is the data: tax receipts down 7.9% YoY, Individual Income Tax down 21.5% YoY...
Is there a way that President Axelrod can blame Bush?
Per the credit default swap market, California cracked the top ten for highest default risks yesterday -- overtaking Iceland and Iraq...
Public-sector unions rule!
Hearing President Obama’s economic peptalks, you might be under the impression that the U.S. needs to keep spending for just a little while longer to stimulate the economy – but then will swear off big deficits... [But] what happens if the government hits all three landmines – the revenue landmine, the interest expense landmine, and the military spending landmine?
...At $50 trillion, the national debt would be 208% of the CBO’s projected GDP for 2020, and the 2020 deficit would be $4.2 trillion, or 17% of projected GDP. The interest expense on U.S. debt alone would represent 12% of 2020 GDP and 55% of the total federal budget.
In other words: total economic collapse.
In the midst of a self-induced fiscal calamity, Democrats in Congress and President Obama plan to ram $200 billion in new deficit spending through before the Memorial Day recess. I have no adjectives left to describe the level of irresponsibility that our ostensible leaders are exhibiting.
Congress faces a crush of votes on big-ticket items before the Memorial Day recess, setting up a debate on deficits less than six months before the November elections... Democratic leaders are looking in the next three weeks to send President Barack Obama a slew of measures that cost more than $200 billion, including a multiyear extension of unemployment benefits, an extension of expiring tax provisions and Medicare doctor payments totaling $180 billion and a $33 billion Afghanistan war supplemental bill.
Because most of those costs won’t be paid for, Republicans plan to use those bills and the Democrats’ budget blueprint to highlight massive deficits ahead of the congressional midterm election. Republicans have recently been pointing to Greece’s dismal fiscal situation as a warning, claiming that the U.S. will be headed for a similar fate unless the deficits are curtailed.
What happened to the much-celebrated Pay-Go rule, passed recently as "evidence" that Democrats were "fiscally responsible"? Swept aside in an orgy of deficit spending the likes of which the world has never seen.
Aren't Democrat-run economies swell?
It's November or never.
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