Ryan 2013 Budget Details Released, In Which We Find The US Runs A Deficit Until 2040

Tyler Durden's picture

As noted yesterday, Paul Ryan proposed a 2013 budget, which has no chance of passing, and is "focused on deficit reduction." An hour ago, the full 5-page detail was released to the public. And if this is the plan that hopes to cut US budget deficits, then America is royally screwed, as according to page 5, the first time that the US resume a budget surplus is in... 2040.

Keep in mind that of the proposed budgets, as unrealistic as this one is (as it grows revenues miraculously from $2.4 trillion to $4.6 trillion in 10 years by cutting taxes) likely has the best chance of cutting deficits, since earlier today the CBO, which is basically Wall Street's conduit of defining policy (as explained previously by a whistleblower), said the budget is "ungradable", which is simply Wall Street's way to express its dissatisfaction with this attempt to escape from public risk onboarding. That said, if indeed the US, in the most aggressive case, can grow revenues to be greater than outlays, at the earliest in just about 30 years, then it is all over.

Incidentally, if someone can explain to us how US debt as a % of GDP can be declining even as the US continues to post a deficit, please advise.

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hedgeless_horseman's picture



Just one more hit, bitchezzz!!!

Daily Collateral's picture

This must be the NEW Path to Prosperity

hedgeless_horseman's picture



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SheepRevolution's picture

The U.S. won't have a deficit in 2040, because the U.S will be long gone by then.

economics9698's picture

The deficit can decline as a percentage of the GDP if the economy is growing faster than the growth of government. 

In a healthy economy the productive private sector would grow at a 3 to 5% pace and government at a 2 to 3% pace.  So while the deficit in nominal terms would increase the proportion to the total economy it would decrease.

In the GDP equation, GDP = C + I + G + NX, the G part grows slower than the C or the I part.



LawsofPhysics's picture

Without cheap oil, growth is not an option.  Now where the fuck are those fusion reactors I ordered?

Normalcy Bias's picture

Aw c'mon! Everyone knows that algae is the energy of the future!

economics9698's picture

Some of you seem to be oblivious to taxation policies and the Laffer Curve effect.  Briefly if you increase taxes above 30% people engage in tax avoidance behavior.  From 25% to 30% you get more taxes but at the cost of economic growth.  25% or lower is the optimal tax rate where you want to raise revenue at.  Which is the Ryan proposed top tax rate.

Here is a video from Dan Mitchell of the CATO Institute that explains the Laffer Curve.  Mr. Mitchell is also the most knowledgeable economist I know of on tax policy.  He is a tax policy expert supreme and I would highly recommend Tyler ask Mr. Mitchell to make a guest post on explaining good and bad tax policy to the ZH readers.





LawsofPhysics's picture

Hey moron, the Laffer curve is a fucking joke.  Wake the fuck up, people are already engaged in "tax avoidance behavior".

You want to pay for and maintain your own sewers, power grids, roads, bridges, police, fire, first-responders?  By all means, fucking bring it.

You probably also believe that there is no real cost for creating capital without adding any real value to the system and favor ZIRP.  How has that been working out for Japan again?

T-roll's picture

Romney engages in tax avoidance behavior and his tax rate is only around 15%.

No one likes paying taxes.  We need to get rid of the income tax and institute a national sales tax.

rayduh4life's picture

So Romney and Buffet can pay less?

rayduh4life's picture

Hey econ 9698, first it's called a laughter curve, second, if tax cuts are the be all end all of spurring an economy, how come we not in an economic boom (foreclosure business notwithstanding) and lastly, if you want to live in a tax free paradise, move to Greece.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Just think about it.


This is the so-called conserv-rat-ive alternative to the demoncratic one!

Yes, some still believe there are two different political choices and republican form of constitutional democracy in the U.S.

These people think Deep Capture is a Discovery Channel fishing show.




*I could wipe out the deficit in approx 1/2 hour using a black sharpie (just give me a very loyal, competent, large, robustly armed & technologically adept security detail having no conflicting loyalties to the MIC) and that would literally have 90%+ of Americans feeling little to no pain and their children far better off, but some will tell you I don't understand the extraordinary complexities of governing in the modern age.

BKbroiler's picture

U.S will be long gone by then.

or everybody else...

old naughty's picture

I used to think these are the two sides of the equation.

Guess I am wrong.

Those who remain are not in the formula !

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Governments are addicted to debt.

The banking cabal, as dealers of debt and recipients of interest payments, foster the addiction.

Society pays the price of the addict's behavior.

grid-b-gone's picture

No 2040 deficit if no other Congress or administration adds more programs, federal employees, wars, or spending for the next 28 years.

So, if Ryan and the "wealth creators" get their permanent tax cut, revenues will still not outpace spending for another three decades. How nice of Paul Ryan to permanently lock in debt for the next generation.

I'm sure he's thought of every possible future scenario and his plan saves future politicians from having to look at these bothersome numbers each year.

NotApplicable's picture

Shouldn't "ungradable" equal impossible therfore equaling disaster, which I'd have to consider a grade.

Just not one they want to mention, as it's beyond computation.

Dr. Engali's picture

We aren't going to last until 2040. What a friggen joke.

Doubleguns's picture

Yep, Wiemer only lasted 24 years till the nazis took over. I wonder where we are on that time line. Seems pretty close to the end I would guess since we became a debtor nation in the 80's well over 24 years ago.

SheepDog-One's picture

'We became a debtor nation in the '80's'...

1780's, I assume you meant. 

'The 'Founding Fathers' as constitutors, acknowledged and re-organized the debt in the 'US Constitution' in 1781, Article VI, hence 'CONSTITUTION'. Bankruptcy occurred on Jan 1 1788 based on innability to repay 21 loans from King George from Feb 28 1778 thru July 5 1782, the repayment of which had been ratified by congress on Jan 22 1783. The 'United States Bank' created in 1791 was a private bank with 18,000 of the 25,000 shares owned outright by England.'

SheepDog-One's picture

Downvote, yet no informed reply to show where I am wrong. What, you just didnt like seeing the truth?

Doubleguns's picture

Was not me. Your entitiled to adding to the discussion.

Bam_Man's picture

Since a budget deficit of less than 10% of GDP is now referred to as "austerity", Uncle Shithead will continue to run budget deficits of at least 10% of GDP until the bond market makes him stop. But I'm thinking this happens long before 2040.

NotApplicable's picture

Bond market??? Stop it, you're killing me.

Bam_Man's picture

Many people fail to realize that flooding the world with cheap money can "cut both ways".

NotApplicable's picture

Oh, and 2040? Major lulz.

That's why he did it.

Mongo's picture

By 2040 We will bu assimilated by stupidity and nothing will really matter.

exi1ed0ne's picture

I sure hope so. This being responsible business is starting to suck. Paid down all my debt, bought a house well within my means, no vacation in years, no toys in the yard, etc, etc. Man am I the sucker.

Something tells me that you can't go back into the cave and not see anything but shadows though. Sigh.

SokPOTUS's picture

Does this anticipate a 2.00% 10-year Bond through 2040?  Because um, Ben can't even get there now...


pods's picture

I love these projections of nirvana x years out.  By the time you reach 1/2x years out the underlying conditions deteriorate so much that it will take 2x more years to get to where you wanted to be.

We are done.  No sense in struggling.  Like a Thompson's gazelle. It kicks while in the cheetahs jaws for a little bit.

Eventually it settles down to inevitability.


Rainman's picture

Correct.....even a 10 year plan is not worth the papyrus upon which it is written.....30 years, fuggitabout it. 

A Lunatic's picture

Perhaps a substitution of Dorcas Gazelles would buy us a little time.

ShankyS's picture

Sadly the sheeple will not get it till it's over. 


Can't you see the 2040 headlines now, "The USSA rises from the depths! Czar Obama balances budget in 8th term."

AgShaman's picture

Sadly...90% of the people in the USSA don't understand simple concepts such as the 'govt. runs a deficit'

(The deer in the headlights look follows....too dumb to know what a deficit is....too stupid and gutless to find out the answer)

r00t61's picture

Nah, the people listen to Dr. Paul Krugman, and Darth Cheney, who claim that gov. deficits don't matter.  They then assume it's true and go back to their happy lives.  They might stop to occasionally grumble about the cost of gasoline.

Because, obviously, if they reject the claim as false, they experience ontological shock, and realize that there ain't no such thing as a free lunch, and their neat little manicured world comes a-tumblin' down all around. 

alexwest's picture

liar liar pants on fire..
there wont be any USA beyond even 2030 yy.. luckily


LawsofPhysics's picture

Interesting.  So the GOP does not want to raise revenue at all (despite debt servicing obligations they already committed to and the REAL cost of creating capital - interest rate WILL rise) and they want to build their own roads, schools and infrastructure?  No need to pay police, fire, and first responders?  Awesome, they want a free-for-all.  Fine with me, fucking bring it.  At least then we get to find out precisely want everyone's labor is really worth.  More evidence that there is only one party, for the banks, by the banks.  Ron Paul is the only alternative.  Seems like the noise (a.k.a. stupidity) in this country has gotten so damn loud we can't even here the true signal.  Anyone else think politicians should be limited on how long they can campaign ahead of an election, how much they can spend, how long they can serve, as well as how long their fucking benefits last?

Have the means to fund your own private army?  You better.

haskelslocal's picture

Republicans? These guys ate the republicans and are now wolves in sheeps clothing.

How odd that the very people who cater to corporations where growth on revenue is mandatory choose to run the business they manage without convern for an income stream.

This is game theory 101. These nuts are playing the fringe trying to pull conversation off the page and away from their perpetual stupidity.

LawsofPhysics's picture

precisely, all with the blessing and funding of the central banks via the rape of the taxpayer.

Lednbrass's picture

Police, fire, and first responders are functions of state and local government- they are not federal issues.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Right, so you are saying all states are solvent and none take any federal dollars?  FAIL!

StychoKiller's picture

WHERE do those Federal buck$ come from again?  Check your premises.

odatruf's picture

Every person in the USA should have the above sentence tattooed on the inside of at least one eyelids.  Every Congressman, Senator and Governor ought to have it imprinted on both.

FFS - if the feds are going to keep doing most of the state and local work, why does that spending ALWAYS go up too?  Make it stop!!!!