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Latest Estimate: Debt Will Exceed Size Of Economy In 2021

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EDITOR NOTE: By next year, our public debt will swell to a size larger than our entire national economy. Our budget deficit will be at $3.3 Trillion. At this rate, the figure can rise to $33.5 Trillion by the end of the decade. Remember that an increase in US federal debt is a claim on your future income--one that will reduce your savings, your purchasing power, and the quality of your lifestyle, as it increases your cost of living. The only things to rise against this trend are gold and silver.

The U.S. federal budget deficit will soar to a record $3.3 trillion this fiscal year, swelling government debt to a size bigger than the economy in the wake of massive spending to cushion Americans from the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s latest tally.

Debt held by the public will reach $21.9 trillion in the fiscal year ending September 2021, or the equivalent to 104.4% of gross domestic product, up from 98.2% in the current year, the CBO said Wednesday in updated projections. Debt will increase to $33.5 trillion at the end of 2030, or 109% of GDP; the previous 10-year projection, in March, saw the figure at 98% in 2030.

Even so, this year’s shortfall is smaller than the non-partisan agency’s preliminary April projection of $3.7 trillion. In 2019, the gap was $984 billion. The updated budget estimate, issued Wednesday and which incorporates legislation enacted through Aug. 4, also showed the U.S. deficit will total $1.8 trillion in fiscal 2021.

The projected deficit for this year would equate to 16% of gross domestic product, up from 4.6% in 2019 and the largest since World War II. U.S. government outlays this fiscal year will jump to $6.6 trillion, the CBO estimated as lawmakers scrambled to put in place fiscal backstops to preserve jobs and companies after state-ordered shutdowns of non-essential businesses.

The resulting economic recession is also being reflected on the other side of the nation’s fiscal ledger. Revenue is projected to fall to $3.3 trillion this year from almost $3.5 trillion in 2019.

Originally posted on Bloomberg

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