Kind of laughable in retrospect when I hand wringed about half a trillion deficits "back in the day" [Jul 28, 2008: US Budget Deficit to Half a Trillion] - that's 3-4 months of federal government work nowadays.
- The U.S. government ran its 26th straight monthly budget deficit in November amid wrangling over a package that would extend big tax cuts to Americans trying to recover from recession.
- The Treasury Department, in its regular budget monthly statement, said the government spent $150.4 billion than it collected in the second month of fiscal 2011.
- Last month's red ink pushes up the deficit to $290.8 billion for the fiscal year, which began Oct. 1. That figure is a little smaller than the deficit during the same period last year. But President Barack Obama's administration expects the deficit to top $1 trillion in this fiscal year. (uhhh... that's an understatement considering this latest $900B package soon to pass)
- Washington has spent in excess of $1 trillion during each of the last two fiscal years, as revenues were reduced by the deep recession. At the same time, the economic slump and Wall Street bailout raised the government's expenses.
- The Treasury Department says the November budget deficit was 25 percent higher than the $120.3 billion deficit in November 2009. (impressive growth... "better than expected")
- The budget statement Friday said federal spending totaled $585.7 billion so far this fiscal year, with revenues at $294.9 billion. In the last two months, the federal government spent $128.3 billion on defense, $36.8 billion in interest payments on its debt, and $20.0 billion for unemployment benefits.
[Jan 14, 2010: First Quarter Fiscal 2010 Deficit 16% Higher than 2009 Levels]
[Aug 24, 2009: Cumulative Deficit Estimate for Next Decade Increased by $2 Trillion.... Since May]
[Aug 26, 2009: US Federal Budget in Pictures]
[Jun 12, 2009: NYT - America's Sea of Red Ink was Years in the Making]
[Mar 26, 2008: Annual Spring Entitlement Warning Falls on Deaf Ears]