The Hill

Obama budget sees increased deficit
The Hill

President Obama’s 2013 budget due out Monday will estimate the deficit for 2012 to be $1.33 trillion, higher than the $1.29 trillion deficit in 2011, according to senior administration officials.

The increase happens largely because the budget assumes enactment of a $350 billion stimulus package, including extension of the payroll tax cut. That package is a scaled-down version of the $447 billion American Jobs Act that Obama proposed in the fall.

The budget estimates that the deficit in 2013 will be $901 billion. This means that Obama will fail to cut the deficit in half after his first term, something he once vowed to do.

Last year’s budget had a rosy prediction that the deficit would decline to $768 billion in 2013, about half the $1.4 trillion deficit of his first year.

Il est toujours drôle de voir à quel point les politiciens sous-estiment la taille des déficits dans leurs prévisions. M’enfin, je suis sûr qu’un Jean-François Lisée américains va nous dire que la situation n’est pas alarmante, car les États-Unis ont des actifs…