Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The debt reality for the American people

A new study out shows that even with all the hoopla about Congress dedicating itself to cutting waste in Washington, federal spending is actually up 5% this year.

Meet the new bosses... same as the old bosses.

In fact, in the first nine months of this year, federal spending was $120 billion higher than in the same period in 2010, the data show. That's an increase of almost 5%. And deficits during this time were $23.5 billion higher.
 These spending hikes haven't stopped many analysts from claiming that the country is in an age of budget austerity, one that's hurting economic growth. –
The thing is, little of that additional spending went to help the American people in any way.
Now, the IMF has issued a new chart on per capita debt, intrinsically tied to our government spending.  The chart shows that our debt is growing much faster than our GDP output, and it basically shows that the US has crossed the Rubicon of insolvency not only at the Federal level, but at the individual level as well.

Chart courtesy of the IMF via Zerohedge


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