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Budget Deficit Widens to $50 Billion In January - 28th Consecutive Month Of Robbing The Cradle

In 2010, Congress and the President agreed on a budget that required borrowing 43 cents of every dollar.   And it will be closer to 45 or 46 cents in fy 2011.  The obvious yet rarely discussed option answer is to cut defense and military spending, though outside of Paul, Paul and Kucinich, few others have reached the same conclusion.

In fact, John Boehner thinks we should raise the Social Security retirement age to 70 in order to pay for another decade of war in Afghanistan.


Source - Bloomberg

The U.S. government posted a wider budget deficit in January as spending climbed from a year earlier when outlays were depressed by the New Year’s holiday.

The gap totaled $49.8 billion last month, lower than the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, compared with a $42.6 billion shortfall in January 2010, figures from the Treasury Department showed today in Washington. An 11 percent increase in spending exceeded a 10 percent gain in revenue that reflected growing income tax receipts as the economy improved.

The compromise between President Barack Obama and congressional republicans that extended Bush-era tax cuts, renewed emergency jobless benefits and reduced payroll taxes may push this year’s budget shortfall to a record, surpassing the $1.4 trillion reached in 2009. Republicans, who took control of the House after last year’s election, have made spending cuts a top priority.

“It’s still a very wide budget deficit,” said Michael Moran, chief economist at Daiwa Capital Markets America Inc. in New York, who forecast a $50 billion gap. “We’re going to have a similar performance as last fiscal year. Congress needs to do something on the budget. The situation as it stands now is not sustainable.”

This year’s budget deficit is projected to reach $1.5 trillion, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate released Jan. 26. Economists at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in New York projected it will climb to $1.35 trillion from last year’s $1.29 trillion.

Year to Date

For the fiscal year to date, the deficit totaled $418.8 billion compared with $430.7 billion the prior fiscal year to date, according to the Treasury’s data.

“Everybody agrees the deficit is too big, but no one is willing to do anything about it -- raise taxes or cut spending, and that means draconian cuts in government entitlement plans,” such as Medicare, David Wyss, chief economist at Standard & Poor’s in New York, said before the report.

More Spending

The Treasury’s report showed that government spending rose to $276.3 billion in January from $247.9 billion a year ago, when the New Year’s holiday fell on a Friday, pushing more government payments into December 2009, the CBO said in its forecast. “If the effects of shifts in the timing of certain payments were excluded, the deficit would be $16 billion less in January 2011 than it was in January 2010,” according to the CBO’s estimate.

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Feb 11, 2011 at 4:00 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Republicans promise $100 billion in spending cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Piling cuts on top of cuts, House Republican leaders outlined an additional $26 billion in spending reductions on Thursday in hopes of placating conservatives who rejected an initial draft as too timid.

Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky., in charge of drafting the legislation, said he had proposed "deep but manageable cuts in nearly every area of government."

No details were immediately available, but the move would cut current spending in hundreds of federal programs by about $60 billion, resulting in levels in effect in 2008.

By Republican reckoning, the new measure would reduce spending by $100 billion below Obama's request for the current fiscal year, a number they had promised to meet in the "Pledge to America," their manifesto in the 2010 campaign. The actual cuts from current rates are less because the $100 billion promise assumes Obama budget increases that were never enacted.

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