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August 26, 2009

Awesome News: That $9 Trillion Deficit Everyone Was Freaked Out By? That's Low Balling It.

The deficit numbers are based on assumptions far less realistic than my plan to win the heart of the lovely Judy Greer*.

Just remember, it's all Bush's fault.

Many of the current budget assumptions are laughably implausible. Both the White House and CBO predict that Congress will hold federal spending at the rate of inflation over the next decade. This is the same Democratic Congress that awarded a 47% increase in domestic discretionary spending in 2009 when counting stimulus funds. And the appropriations bills now speeding through Congress for 2010 serve up an 8% increase in domestic spending after inflation.

Another doozy is that Nancy Pelosi and friends are going to allow a one-third or more reduction in liberal priorities like Head Start, food stamps and child nutrition after 2011 when the stimulus expires. CBO actually has overall spending falling between 2009 and 2012, which is less likely than an asteroid hitting the Earth.

Federal revenues, which will hit a 40-year low of 14.9% of GDP this year, are expected to rise to 19.6% of GDP by 2014 and then 20.2% by 2019—which the CBO concedes is "high by historical standards." This implies some enormous tax increases.

CBO assumes that some 28 million middle-class tax filers will get hit by the alternative minimum tax, something Democrats say they won't let happen. CBO also assumes that all the Bush tax cuts disappear—not merely those for the rich, but those for lower and middle income families as well. So either the deficit is going to be about $1.3 trillion higher than Washington thinks, or out goes Mr. Obama's campaign promise of not taxing those who make less than $250,000.

Normally, economic growth would lead to increased revenues and cut into these numbers but President Awesome and his gang of super genius friends in Congress are only promoting growth killing policies like Cap and Trade, so who is expecting a Reagan like boom from that kind of 'thinking'.


*FTR, my plan consists of occasionally mentioning her name on the blog, having her see it and then show up at my door. What? That's way more realistic than Obama's economic plans and projections.


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