Friday Night Bad News Dump

Obama was hoping you wouldn’t notice the new record deficit he set. It’s more than three times as large as the deficit was when Bush left office.

White House predicts record $1.47 trillion deficit this year, 9 percent unemployment next year

New estimates from the White House on Friday predict the budget deficit will reach a record $1.47 trillion this year. The government is borrowing 41 cents of every dollar it spends.

That’s actually a little better than the administration predicted in February.

The new estimates paint a grim unemployment picture as the economy experiences a relatively jobless recovery. The unemployment rate, presently averaging 9.5 percent, would average 9 percent next year under the new estimates.

The Office of Management and Budget report has ominous news for President Barack Obama should he seek re-election in 2012 — a still-high unemployment rate of 8.1 percent. That would be well above normal, which is closer to a rate of 5.5 percent to 6 percent. Private economists don’t think the unemployment rate will drop to those levels until well into this decade.

“The U.S. economy still faces strong headwinds,” the OMB report said. They include tight credit markets, a high inventory of unsold housing and retrenchment by state governments bound by balanced budget mandates. The European debt crisis has also had an impact.

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And remember, these record deficit projections are based on rosy White House economic assumptions.

Real GDP is expected to rise by 3.1 percent during the four quarters of 2010 and to increase 4.0 percent in 2011. The growth rate is projected to rise to 4.3 percent in 2012 and 4.2 percent in 2013 as the economy returns closer to its potential output level. Beyond 2013, real GDP growth is projected to moderate, declining gradually to 2.5 percent per year in 2018-2020.

If the U.S. economy falls short of these GDP projections, the now record deficits will become even worse. And you don’t even want to think about what happens if interest rates rise significantly and it costs the U.S. Government even more to borrow these incredibly humongous amounts of money.

/there’s no way that Obama can legitimately blame Bush for this budget mess anymore, although that won’t stop him from trying to revise history

Obama And The Democrats Set Another Record!

And it’s a record that really sucks.

US budget deficit hits record in April

The US Treasury Department says that the federal budget deficit hit a record for the month of April, reaching nearly 83 billion dollars.

On Wednesday, the Treasury Department announced that the April deficit soared to $82.7 billion, the largest imbalance for that month on record.

That was significantly higher than last year’s April deficit of $20 billion and above the $30 billion deficit private economists had anticipated.

Revenues for April were down 7.9 percent from a year ago, dipping to $245.3 billion. That decline included a fall in individual income tax payments.

That reflected not only the impact of millions of people out of work but also tax relief provided through the economic stimulus program that Congress passed in February 2009.

The latest data brought the deficit for the first seven months of fiscal year 2010 to around 800 billion dollars.

The White House had warned that the deficit for fiscal year 2010 could go above one and a half trillion dollars.

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U.S. posts record April budget gap-UPDATE 2
U.S. April budget deficit $83 billion: Treasury

It’s especially pathetic when the totally out of control, Democrat Congress enabled Obama administration spending sets a budget deficit record in the month when the bulk of the yearly Federal tax receipts roll in!

/this isn’t Greece, is this Greece?