An Even Newer Era of Fiscal Irresponsibility

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As if that was even possible, yet now comes this where even the New York Times cannot camouflage the burden:

“The troubling feature of Mr. Obama’s budget is that it fails to return the federal government to manageable budget deficits, even as the wars wind down and the economy recovers from the recession. According to the administration’s own numbers, the budget deficit under the president’s proposed policies will never fall below 3.6 percent of G.D.P. By 2020, the end of the planning horizon, it will be 4.2 percent and rising.

“As a result, the government’s debts will grow faster than the economy. The administration projects that the debt-to-G.D.P. ratio will rise in each of the next 10 years. By 2020, the government’s debts will equal 77.2 percent of G.D.P. This level of indebtedness has not been seen since 1950, in the aftermath of the borrowing to finance World War II.

“Making matters worse, these bleak budget projections are based on relatively optimistic economic assumptions. The administration forecasts economic growth of 3.0 percent from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the fourth quarter of 2010, followed by 4.3 percent the next year. By contrast, the Congressional Budget Office predicts growth of 2.1 percent and 2.4 percent for these two years.”

More wars, bailouts, and stimulus projects with “optimistic economic assumptions” and  “bleak budget projections” will only lead to more trouble ahead.

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One Response to “An Even Newer Era of Fiscal Irresponsibility”

  1. John Galt Says:

    Excellent points – very good post!

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