While some are preoccupied (like me) with how the next Federal Reserve Chair is going return to monetary normality (and unwinded the $4.4 trillion balance sheet), others (like me) worry about the unsustainability of US Federal spending. Particulalry how much politicians have promised Americans in terms of entitlements.
Here is a chart showing Government total expenditures (red line) along with their source of taxes (personal in green and corporate in purple). The total Federal current tax receipts is in blue. As of Q2 2017, total expenditures exceed current tax receipts (personal and corporate) by 3 times (or 3x).
With M2 Money Velocity at a historic low, printing more money isn’t doing the trick.
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And with unfunded liabilities (GAAP) at $108.7 TRILLION (around $900,000 per taxpayer), the Federal government has a spending problem.
Yes, mandatory (entitlements such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid) going hyperbolic, discretionary spending is being crowded out and is predicted to decline.
When we included the grossly underfunded public pensions, the big scarcity in the near future is where governments are going to come up with all the money thay have promised.
Yes, Congress is “over the line.” And has been for some time.
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