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A 50% Pick Up In Revenue In 2 Years: A Cheat Sheet For Obama's Wacky And Wonderful Budget

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We will spare you drinking (or reading as the case may be) the latest Koolaid from the White House. The only thing one needs to know about Obama's latest budget is that projected revenues are expected to grow from $2.2 trillion in 2011 to $3 trillion in 2013 (and $3.6 trillion in 2015). We wonder just where the tax increases will come from considering the new "compromising" administration has pretty much given up on the option of tax increases in order to get republican complicity to extend national looting and pillaging until the end of Obama's last term. What is unclear is whether the Treasury counts as revenues the interest payments remitted back to Geithner by the Fed on the trillions in monetized debt. In other words, the more debt monetized, the stronger the "revenues!"

For a full cheat sheet, see below.

From the WSJ:

FY 2011 projected revenue: $2.174 Trillion
FY 2011 projected spending: $3.819 Trillion
FY 2011 projected deficit: $1.645 Trillion
Spending as a % of GDP: 25.3%
Deficit as a % of GDP: 10.9%

FY 2012 projected revenue: $2.627 Trillion
FY 2012 projected spending: $3.729 Trillion
FY 2012 projected deficit: $1.101 Trillion
Spending as a % of GDP: 23.6%
Deficit as a % of GDP: 7.0%

FY 2013 projected revenue: $3.003 Trillion
FY 2013 projected spending: $3.771 Trillion
FY 2013 projected deficit: $768 Billion
Spending as a % of GDP: 22.5%
Deficit as a % of GDP: 4.6%

FY 2014 projected revenue: $3.333 Trillion
FY 2014 projected spending $3.977 Trillion
FY 2014 projected deficit: $645 Billion
Spending as a % of GDP: 22.4%
Deficit as a % of GDP: 3.6%

FY 2015 projected revenue: $3.583 Trillion
FY 2015 projected spending: $4.190 Trillion
FY 2015 projected deficit: $607 Billion
Spending as a % of GDP: 22.3%
Deficit as a % of GDP: 3.2%

And as John Poehling points out, to debunk Obama's lies that government spending is moderating, spending is projected to be 24.5% of GDP for Obama's first Term and 23.1% during his second term which is well above the historical average of 20% with the high end of 22% seen during the cold war of the 1980s.


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Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:37 | 959842 NOTW777
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how can anyone in the US point fingers at chinas fake data

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:05 | 959950 NOTW777
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cnbc talking about build america bonds - now only a few days behind ZH

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:17 | 959986 NOTW777
Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:12 | 960221 NOTW777
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its good to work for the gov in CA


Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:06 | 959951 SilverRhino
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They have the GOOD drugs in these offices.  

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:12 | 960429 Cleanclog
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Does "spending" include the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan yet or are they still off budget? 

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:38 | 959845 arkady
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Tyler, is it not spending - it is investing.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:39 | 959848 101 years and c...
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revenues are expected to "increase" as the Fed gives Timmy the interest payments back at the end of each fiscal year.  since the Fed will soon own all treasuries, this amount can only increase as debt spirals out of control, and the Fed buys it all.


Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:42 | 959857 Dick Darlington
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Virtuous circle as the chair creature puts it nicely.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:56 | 959921 hedgeless_horseman
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Licensing (to steal).

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:23 | 960270 Kayman
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Uhhh... Virtuous circle Jerk....

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:42 | 959859 slaughterer
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Just one more algo spurt upwards, and we reach SPX 1332 today.  A perfect double of the March 2009 low of 666.  Wouldn't that make a lovely valentine's day gift from Bennie and his NYU jets for the pig men in the front seats?

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:50 | 959895 DB Cooper
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The Fed has created a perpetual motion machine - hooray!

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:27 | 960010 hedgeless_horseman
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Little to no mention of QE or POMO by those Fourth-Estate Vigilantes at Bloomberg...

Interest expense will rise to 3.1 percent of gross domestic product by 2016, from 1.3 percent in 2010 with the government forecast to run cumulative deficits of more than $4 trillion through the end of 2015...


Net interest expense will triple to an all-time high of $554 billion in 2015 from $185 billion in 2010, according to the Obama administration’s adjusted 2011 budget.


“It’s a slow train wreck coming and we all know it’s going to happen,” said Bret Barker,...


Demand for Treasuries remains close to record levels at government debt auctions. Investors (PD Flippers) bid $3.04 for each dollar of bonds sold in the government’s $178 billion of auctions last month, the most since September, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Indirect bidders, a group that includes foreign central banks, bought a record 71 percent, or $17 billion of the $24 billion in 10-year notes offered on Feb. 9.


Still, about $4.5 trillion, or 63 percent of the $7.2 trillion in public Treasury coupon debt, needs to be refinanced by 2016. That gives the government a narrowing window as growing interest expense will curtail its ability to spend.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:42 | 959855 TJWP
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Perhaps someone from the federal reserve or treasury will simply bring sacks of benjamins to Obama's office 3 times a day, which he can then drop while flying Air Force One over the USA, raising consumer spending and therefore taxes.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:42 | 959861 dick cheneys ghost
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turn out the lights............its over..........

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:45 | 959866 Cognitive Dissonance
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As someone said this morning on CNBC as they "uncovered" the printed budget live.... "Who even reads this thing?".

Even though the guy was talking about the government wasting money on the printed version of the budget, his statement pretty much says it all.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:49 | 959898 SilverIsKing
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Saw that too.  Maybe it was a backdoor plug for the Kindle.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:43 | 959867 gwar5
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Their assumptions are always magical.

CNBC will say the shortfall was unexpected. Bases covered.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:21 | 960002 Zero Govt
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Barrack 'Whacky Tobaccy' Obama has been sucking hard on some big spliffs to come up with a rising income... an economy 3 years deep into recession and Washington's still in LaLa Land 

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:22 | 960264 SantaFeDave
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Please don't denigrate marijuana like this.  Figures comprised in this budget can only come from hardcore meth or opiate usage.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:26 | 960278 Cognitive Dissonance
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Just goes to prove that Mary Jane is the gateway drug to QE 3.++

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:44 | 959869 slaughterer
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Would anyone in here short the RUT at its current resistance point of 826? 

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:45 | 959874 william the bastard
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Has QE been called off?

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:44 | 959871 centerline
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This is all so laughable at this point.  I wouldn't even know where to begin.  Everything points to a deflationary feedback loop, which indicates that the reality is Fed monetization into the great beyond.  Either a black swan gets sucked into the printing press and jambs up the gears - or we all get to shout out together "Shazam" as the slope to the tangent to our parabolic ponzi scheme curve approaches infinity.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:47 | 959883 Cognitive Dissonance
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"To infinty.....and beyond."

Buzz Bernanke.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:27 | 960030 Backspin
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Atually, tt's not parabolic, it's exponential, which is worse.  But yes, I get your point exactly.  This is some really bad stuff going on and the general population just doesn't realize it yet.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:46 | 959879 DonnieD
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I love how he magically reduces the deficit by 500+ billion next year. That is hilarious.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:50 | 959903 centerline
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My wife uses the same math (LOL).  

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:11 | 960426 Charles Wilson
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The Shopper's Rule:


"Look how much I saved!"



Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:39 | 960551 Blano
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By not only increasing revenues by 20+%, but by actually projecting DECREASED spending from FY 2011.  When was the last time THAT happened???

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:46 | 959880 buzzsaw99
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In other words, the more debt monetized, the stronger the "revenues!"

And the higher the gdp too!


Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:48 | 959885 Shameful
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I'll take a crack at it.

When Zimbabwe Ben drowns us in his liquidity stream it will rock the hell out of prices. Wages will follow, but lag inflation, as is the norm. The increase in wages will of course increase tax revenue and drag people into higher tax brackets. All Ben has to do is get milk and gas to $20 and we should be able to hit these numbers no problem.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:54 | 959918 centerline
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I'd speculate that the dynamics of our current situation will result in a pronounced lag effect.  Peripheral jobs (non-essentials) will get clobbered the worst.  It will all be about proximity to the essentials and the supply chain.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:07 | 959956 Shameful
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One only needs to crack open a history book and see what will happen.  The traditional middle class jobs will get hammered.  The educated classes that are highly specialized get absolutely destroyed as their wages don't even come close to keeping up with price increases.  In the past the producers of the more core goods and services tended to do better.  However we have largely outsourced those, or few jobs remain in the field because of automating, such as farming.  It will be quite bad.

But this does not change my argument.  If one raises the notational price of goods high enough it will provoke a notational increase in wages to some degree.  Such an increase can and will be captured by the revenuers.  Example prices increase 100%, wages increase 50%.  Well that 50% increase in wages will be taxed by Uncle Sugar in full so Uncle Sugar's notational revenue will increase as the purchasing power of the slave...err serf...err... citizen is radically reduced.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:18 | 959989 blunderdog
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I was thinking pretty much the same strategy, but in that scenario, there's NO WAY the expenditures fall as projected.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:25 | 960020 Shameful
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WAD (Working As Designed)

Since when have the projected expenditures not been some fairy tale from candy land?  When those expenditures are that big and come right from a pixies backside you can know how well and truly scared the US is.  That is really their best case projection for spending...

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:36 | 960072 blunderdog
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Yep.  Really, we should just triple or quadruple Fed spending, anyway.  It's the only possible source for economic growth these days.  Would be great for equity prices.

It's taking way too long for the rest of the planet to burst into flames.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:55 | 960153 ElvisDog
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Two problems with your scenario - if prices rise by 100% most spending is going to rotate into food, energy, and other necessities. Discretionary spending would collapse. Since we're a service economy, if discretionary spending collapses the overall economy collapses too. The other problem is that if prices rise by 100% in a short period we would have social unrest, and social unrest is really bad for tax revenues.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:31 | 960294 Kayman
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Now all you need to do is pass a law making all things ceteris paribus. And Deficits and Printing become a thing of the past.

Damn, this running an economy with moving targets is like playing Wack-a-Mole.

Gee, Ya think Ben and Obi ?

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:48 | 959889 buzzsaw99
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We've got to fund that trade deficit somehow! It's been down lately:

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:50 | 959899 brusty4
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Lower tax rates resulted in higher revenues in the past.  Just saying. 


Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:42 | 960105 ZakuKommander
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Yeah, the lower tax rates in the last decade are reaping benefit after benefit.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:14 | 960435 brusty4
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Revenues have risen.  Record high in 2007 before the recession hit.  We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem. 

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:51 | 959906 Hondo
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I'm willing to bet the deficit in 2015 will be north of $2T........and when you take the funny money accounting out it will be even the way someone needs to audit the BLS and their methodologies....

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:51 | 959907 SheepDog-One
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I have to get this White House Kool Aid recipe, it must be a humdinger!

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:25 | 960019 NotApplicable
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1 part Everclear,

1 part sugar (or HFCS if you are in a junior position)

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:34 | 960066 Prof Gulliver
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And 2 trillion parts POM(O) juice.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:55 | 959908 Grifter
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Breaking: None of this matters, as scientists are hot on the trail of Tyche/Nibiru/Planet X/Nemesis

Translation: We are totally screwed.

Largest planet in solar system could be about to be discovered - and it's up to four times the size of Jupiter:


Edit: Binary system, bitchez (I can cross off "submit a ZH 'bitchez' comment" off my bucket list now!)

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:56 | 959910 Bam_Man
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We wonder just where the tax increases will come from...

Three words: Value Added Tax (aka National Sales Tax)

I predict that the implementation of this tax will co-incide with a bi-partisan re-writing of the healthcare bill to include a "public option". Obama "the Great Compromiser" strikes again.


Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:53 | 959914 Ancona
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I need some more hopium.....I'm 'jonesing' here....

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:56 | 959924 SheepDog-One
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Ive just upgraded to Hopicrack myself...

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:26 | 960025 Zero Govt
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i've downgraded to not-a-hope-in-hellium which is where Washington is headed very shortly

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 16:19 | 960771 Problem Is
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Hopium has been replaced with Ludes 'n Red Wine to deal with the symptoms of Depression...

Remember: "The Change" is in your pocket...

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:54 | 959919 Rainman
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Gubermint budgets look just like the bank's quarterlys. Begin with the desired result, then work your way back. It doesn't matter if it defies logic.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:55 | 959922 dick cheneys ghost
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wapo says we may need to borrow additional $7.2 trillion 


goodbye america. it was fun while it lasted

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:57 | 959928 SheepDog-One
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But how can that be? The Obama just cut the defecit by $500 billion! Scuze me while I whip out my Hopicrack pipe.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:29 | 960039 Ben Fleeced
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Reminder to self: Plant Pea and Bean seeds on Presidents day.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:57 | 959927 Seasmoke
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there , my 3YO just hit a bunch of numbers that mean as much as these "forecasts"

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 12:59 | 959931 Cocomaan
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What the, I don't even...

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:00 | 959936 QEsucks
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"national looting and pillaging until the end of Obama's LAST term"???WTF

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:05 | 959952 Pants McPants
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Is the US great or what?!?


Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:36 | 960047 Zero Govt
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USA will shortly need an upgrade to DSA .....'United' to Divided States of America because as soon as Washington starts bailing out bankrupt Democratic States the few responsible ones will start raising the roof and (justly) start questioning the entire Union (same about to kick off in Europe in the next year or so)


Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:50 | 960131 Vergeltung
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bring it!!

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:58 | 960167 ElvisDog
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Obama can't unilaterally bail out the states. The money for doing that would have to come from the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:14 | 960436 Zero Govt
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well a recent report showed there's already a Republican turf war over Washington bailouts because some of the bankrupt States are GOP ...during Depressions it's not only countries that split apart but parties too

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:46 | 960601 Blano
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Michigan GOP Governor Snyder is already whining to Washington for help.  So much for being "different."

He can't do it unilaterally, but it'll happen.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:09 | 959963 LehmanRefugee
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The bump in revenue is coming from:

1) Fy 2012: Expiring one year tax breaks relating to payroll taxes and bonus depreciation for businesses.

2) FY 2013: Expiring Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

3) 4% economic growth projections


I can buy the 2012 bump. The SS payroll taxes will probably reset back to 6.2%.  I am extremely skeptical that the republicans will relent on the FY 2013 bush tax cuts and thus counting that as revenue is optimistic. Also, these expiring tax cuts will adversely impact economic growth and that will further reduce reciepts.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:08 | 960205 Id fight Gandhi
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The tax cuts won't expire. If Obama can't stick with his ideals the next president in 2013 won't.

Burden falls to middle-class and the national debt.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:12 | 959967 rookie
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Can someone answer this question for me. ..when Ken Rogoff talks about internal vs. external default... does that mean foreign bondholders vs. domestic bondholders or does internal default mean federal reserve not paying itself but keeps paying interest to everyone else?

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:13 | 959969 SwingForce
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WHAT 2nd term?????

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 16:15 | 960744 Problem Is
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Idiot Obummer = Clueless-One-Term-Carter

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:14 | 959980 trav7777
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there's no penalty for lying or being wrong, so why not shoot for the moon?

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:25 | 960023 BORT
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To Infinity, and beyond

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:22 | 960007 themosmitsos
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Tyler, they do include Interest Payments as Revenues, I say that w/100% certainty.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:25 | 960017 AZSovreign
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Were not going to make it until 2015.. Sooner rather than later the world will do what the American herd refuses to do..

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:27 | 960032 the grateful un...
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Really I thought this is how it is supposed to work. You create $10k additional bank reserves out of thin air, someone borrows the money to buy a car, for instance. The sales tax on the car is as much as ten percent in some places. That generates  $1k in revenue, and the coupon on the T bill is zip, or zirp if you prefer. You keep doing that endlessly, and no one considers accrual accounting (is that the one where you count the entire debt, and not just the monthly cost to service it)

Obama bought GM, and now his company is stuffing the inventory channel, the dealers reach in their bag for loan incentives, but buyers still pay tax on full price.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:30 | 960046 apberusdisvet
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The agenda is clear: crash the economic structure and join the NWO; under which you will be allowed to keep 20% of your gross pay; if you voluntarily turn in your guns and gold the percentage will increase to 30%.  Simple plan, really; solves a lot of the elite's problems.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 13:35 | 960071 Bay of Pigs
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And people think gold and silver bugs are crazy?

Just fucking wow....

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:03 | 960185 overmedicatedun...
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Harry you should love this, and WTF?

here's alot of income taxes to be paid,

I don't know cry, laugh..get mad??


DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors Co. will pay more than $189 million in profit-sharing to 48,000 U.S. hourly workers and millions more in performance bonuses to salaried employees, according to company documents obtained by The Associated Press.

GM will pay most hourly workers more than $4,000 each as compensation for its strong financial performance last year, said a person briefed on the bonuses. The payments come less than two years after the automaker emerged from bankruptcy protection with the help of a huge government bailout. They're more than double the previous record payment of $1,775 in 1999, at the height of the boom in sales of sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:15 | 960228 SantaFeDave
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What a disappointment the Obama budget is.

He needs to be a leader - tell people what they don't want to hear - that more revenue needs to be raised and entitlements need cut.

One can give him a pass on 2009 and 2010 results - he walked into a cesspool - but now he owns it.  The reason why spending remains so high as portion of GDP is the transfer payments for healthcare and social security.  That wasn't nearly the issue in the 80's and 90's as is now and will be more in the future.

And does anyone really think GDP growth will be as forecasted?  Take the cr#%k pipe out of your mouth, please.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:58 | 960383 Bob Sacamano
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You do not know BHO if you think this is a disappointment.  This is BHO at his very best -- this is what he is about -- not that the MSM would ever suggest such.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:17 | 960239 g3h
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Oh, spare the poor guy.  He just spends 3% more than the norm.  Why is that a big deal?  Besides, he only wants to be elected one more term.  Can't blame him throwing your money around since I have not heard any outrage for a couple of months now.

Aren't the American people pretty happy with new high in retail sales, growing job prospect and iPad in every hand?

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:31 | 960298 Rule of 72
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And as John Poehling points out, to debunk Obama's lies that government spending is moderating, spending is projected to be 24.5% of GDP for Obama's first Term and 23.1% during his second term which is well above the historical average of 20% with the high end of 22% seen during the cold war of the 1980s.

There won't be a second term.  There won't be another term for The Bernank, either.

I'm going to cling to the belief that the majority of voters (50%+1) understand basic math and the unsustainability of Obeyme and The Bernank.  I took the 2010 elections as a restraining order against the madness.  In 2012 will come the eviction notice.

Hopefully, we make it to January 2013 with a serious president, not a community agitator.  Think positive.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:05 | 960406 Bob Sacamano
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I may have thought that 10+ years ago.  But now most Americans seem to have a victim and / or entitlement mentality.  They want big government, they need big government to help them navigate every aspect of life.  They are unable to find their own way through life.   They don't much care the cost in terms of liberty or dollars. 

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 16:36 | 960864 Rule of 72
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The 2010 midterm elections refute your belief.  Sure, there are many sheeple who have been sapped of their initiative and are happy to accept food stamps and welfare as they circle the drain, but those people are nothing close to a majority.  Probably a third of adults and not the most likely group to vote.

I have to be optimistic, even as I prepare for the worst.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 18:52 | 961574 Bob Sacamano
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Hope you are right. Problem is most of those who did not vote in November (the majority of people) LOVE BIG GOVERNMENT -- and I can not count on them not voting forever.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:22 | 960472 Charles Wilson
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Remember, it's not "50% + 1", it's the Electoral College and the Blue States may be decided by who carries the Dead People Vote.  If you think that there is a "Power Elite' running the show, then you better check your Voter rolls, number of certified machines and who's driving all the trucks on Election Night.

If you think it's ugly in the Economics and Statistics sections in the back rooms, you haven't seen anything yet.



Mon, 02/14/2011 - 16:15 | 960749 holmes
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Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:46 | 960343 papaswamp
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Bunch-o- new tax hikes in the budget.


  • Raising the top marginal income tax rate (at which a majority of small business profits face taxation) from 35% to 39.6%.  This is a $709 billion/10 year tax hike
  • Raising the capital gains and dividends rate from 15% to 20%
  • Raising the death tax rate from 35% to 45% and lowering the death tax exemption amount from $5 million ($10 million for couples) to $3.5 million.  This is a $98 billion/ten year tax hike
  • Capping the value of itemized deductions at the 28% bracket rate.  This will effectively cut tax deductions for mortgage interest, charitable contributions, property taxes, state and local income or sales taxes, out-of-pocket medical expenses, and unreimbursed employee business expenses.  A new means-tested phaseout of itemized deductions limits them even more.  This is a $321 billion/ten year tax hike
  • New bank taxes totaling $33 billion over ten years
  • New international corporate tax hikes totaling $129 billion over ten years
  • New life insurance company taxes totaling $14 billion over ten years
  • Massive new taxes on energy, including LIFO repeal, Superfund, domestic energy manufacturing, and many others totaling $120 billion over ten years
  • Increasing unemployment payroll taxes by $15 billion over ten years
  • Taxing management capital gains in an investment partnership (“carried interest”) as ordinary income.  This is a tax hike of $15 billion over ten years
  • A giveaway to the trial lawyers—not letting companies deduct the cost of punitive damages from a lawsuit settlement.  This is a tax hike of $300 million over ten years
  • Increasing tax penalties, information reporting, and IRS information sharing.  This is a ten-year tax hike of $20 billion.

  • Read more:


    Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:54 | 960371 Temporalist
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    Geithner Quietly Tells Obama Debt-to-GDP Cost Poised to Increase to Record

    "Barack Obama may lose the advantage of low borrowing costs as the U.S. Treasury Department says what it pays to service the national debt is poised to triple amid record budget deficits."

    Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:55 | 960380 newworldorder
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    There really is nothing new under the sun with the latest budget proposal. As mentioned on numerous occasions on many Zero Hedge articles there is no intent to pay the budget off. We will roll it over to infinity until we hit a point where we can no longer refinance it to infinity. The current political leadership knows that this is the only game left in town.


    The bridges to the economics of past monetary prudence have all been blown. We are all forced to march boldly forward towards the yet undiscovered destiny of our great country.

    Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:13 | 960432 Agent P
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    I'm confused...what's a federal budget?

    Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:22 | 960455 -273
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    Guess they didn't read the wikileaks docs about Saudi having overstated their reserves by 40%. And since as of January 2011, Saudi (supposedly) represented 78%—3.65 million b/d—of OPEC spare capacity and, as a practical matter, global production reserves, it seems highly likely that an Oil shock is coming soon so any idea of revenue picking up is wishful thinking at best.

    Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:21 | 960470 JW n FL
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    Green Shoots Bonus Monies Bitchez!!!


    House Party!!! who's got the Hookers and Coke?

    Mon, 02/14/2011 - 16:05 | 960700 AldoHux_IV
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    The best solution to the budget issue: dissolve the federal reserve, reform the treeasury, and start issuing currency and bonds actually backed by the US government.  Now we can afford things, but before we start spending we also need to dissolve members of congress as they have proven unworthy of governing this country and more aligned with the very imbalances that plague the world economy.

    Mon, 02/14/2011 - 16:12 | 960731 Problem Is
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    Obummer, you don't even have to worry about lying up some phony revenues for 2013...

    You are a Clueless-One-Term-Carter if ever there was one...

    Mon, 02/14/2011 - 16:16 | 960755 innsbrooklad
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    Assumption is the mother of all fuck ups.

    This is the same political baloney we have seen since Gramm Rudman. Until the morons that buy our debt stop. it will keep growing. I also think the Republicans are just as big a crock of shit as the White House and the Democrats. They will do nothing and push it off until the market says no more.

    We will get QE 3-4-5. The Fed can't stop and the Liberals will not stop giving the country away.

    What a banana republic.

    Mon, 02/14/2011 - 16:26 | 960809 Problem Is
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    Daylight comin' and me want to go home."

    The Banana Boat Song.
    H. Belafonte

    Mon, 02/14/2011 - 17:45 | 961267 Temporalist
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    David Stockman is on Bloomberg ripping the "budget" apart.  Said Obama took a powder and caved to Military Industrial Complex.

    Mon, 02/14/2011 - 17:51 | 961301 bigargon
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    Obama = Bullwinkle moose


    Mon, 02/14/2011 - 18:46 | 961541 Temporalist
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    Moody's lead analyst warns of growing risk of negative rating action for US

    Japan's Debt: One For The Record Books

    "Japan's debt in the government sector -- both central and local levels -- rose to 217% of nominal gross domestic product in 2009, the largest figure since comparable data became available in 1875, according to the IMF. The IMF's latest forecasts suggest the balance will reach 232% of GDP in 2012--only a year from now. During WWII, Japan's went heavily into debt to wage a global war, but the ration peaked at 204% in 1944."


    Japan Government Debt Hits Record Y919 Trillion

    TOKYO (Dow Jones)--Japan's outstanding public debt hit a record Y919.151 trillion at the end of last year, the Finance Ministry said Thursday, likely fueling concerns over the nation's fiscal health and adding to a sense of urgency within the government to quickly formulate a tax hike plan.

    The ministry's quarterly data showed public debt rose 1.1% from the end of September, reaching a level equivalent to 194% of Japan's nominal gross domestic product for the fiscal year ended March 2010.


    Japan's debt, fiscal deficit not sustainable: IMF





    Mon, 02/14/2011 - 19:56 | 961782 Itsalie
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    {In other words, the more debt monetized, the stronger the "revenues!"}


    That in essence is what monetizing debt is all about - print more, give the printed toilet paper to yourself to spend. What is silly is americans are prepared tobe paid in this junk. What's next? Bollywood starlets for presidente? Its just bananas, this country of fakes.

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