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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spending Money Because It's OPM

Spending Money Because It’s OPM

“I remember when liberals were liberal with their own money”  is a quote attributed to Will Rogers.   Modern day “spend & tax” liberals, such as President Obama are spending the US taxpayers money without restraint because it is “Other Peoples Money”.     We’ll tax other people (especially the rich), because a) they have too much money (class warfare), b) we as liberals (in government) know how to spend it better than you, c) if we don’t have it in the US Treasury now, we’ll just borrow more for taxpayers to pay back later.    Former US Senator Bill Armstrong (R-Colorado) stated the appetite for US government spending by Congress this way, “Congress is spending money like a drunken sailor, the trouble is, a sailor is spending his own money!”
    Even the moderate to liberal Politico is noting the long term and large spending patterns by the Obama Administration. The federal debt held by the public would still nearly double again from $10.1 trillion at the end of 2011 to $18.8 trillion at the end of 2022. For the current fiscal year ending Sept. 30, CBO is now projecting a shortfall of $1.3 trillion. In fiscal 2013, the deficit will still hover near the $1 trillion mark — about $977 billion. And while it will fall to 2.5 percent of GDP by 2017, it then begins to grow again to 3 percent of GDP by 2022.

The Heritage Foundation has an excellent link, with the US government revenues and spending graphically portrayed in easy to understand charts:

Under the Obama Administration, Federal spending per household jumped from $25,000 per year (per household) to $30,000 per year.   It had moderated under a GOP House of Representatives (where the spending bills originate) to $29,401 per household (per year).
            The 30-year average tax burden (Federal tax rate) from 1981 to 2010 has been about 18%.    The highest average rate was 20% (in year 2000), just prior to President Bush being elected.  The projection for the next decade is for average Federal income tax rates to rise from the historical average of 18% to nearly 25%, if Federal spending and taxation are not constrained by Congress and the elected President.
            Presently, the lower (bottom half) of US taxpayers only pay 2.7% of the total income taxes collected by Uncle Sam.  Whereas the top 5% of income earner (US taxpayers earning over $159,000 per year) are paying nearly 60% of the income taxes collected.   The top 1% of income producers (those who create jobs, wealth and economic activity for our country as a whole) are paying 40% of the income taxes collected.  
            So let’s tax the rich, as per the “class warfare” manta of President Obama!   Not so fast.   Our history in modern America would suggest the contrary: 
            “The most dramatic decline in the top individual income tax rate, from 70 percent to 28 percent, occurred during the Reagan Administration, during which tax receipts remained relatively constant as a share of the economy.”  Heritage Foundation

And what will be the result of this overspending, over the next 10 years?   The Heritage Foundation projects that our US Federal deficit (if spending is unchecked) will reach 100% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2022.  Then it is “Hello Greece, or Portugal or Italy”!

What can we do?   Tell Congress to stop the US government overspending.   Back the Paul Ryan budget bills and policy changes.   Vote for fiscal conservatives, who have voting records that actually show “stop the brutal spending” votes.   President Obama’s budget numbers show the US debt as a percentage of GDP rising from 40.3% to to 87.4% from 2008 to 2020.   Sit back and go with the “wasteful spending money” flow, and we’ll watch our beloved America go broke.  Or stand up, and vote the "over spenders" out of office.    Here’s the whole set of charts:

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