For John, BLUF: We haven't turned the corner on Federal Budget Deficits, and don't appear to have a plan, either Party. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From Axios, by Ms Rebecca Falconer, 9 September 2019.
Here is the lede plus one:
The federal deficit exceeded $1 trillion in the first 11 months of fiscal year 2019, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said in a report published Monday.Hat tip to Memeorandum.
The big picture: The deficit is $168 billion more than for the same period in the previous fiscal year. The growing deficit has been driven by mandatory spending in areas including Social Security and Medicare, President Trump's tax cuts, and bipartisan agreements to increase spending in areas such as defense — which contributed toward overall federal government spending increasing 7%.
- The current deficit of $1.068 trillion is expected to be reduced when quarterly tax payments are paid in September.
- Trump's tariffs on imported goods from China contributed toward the federal government’s revenue increasing 3% in the first 11 months of the 2019 fiscal year, along with other sources such as individual income and payroll taxes and corporate taxes.
Regards — Cliff