The Size Of Our Government Is Unimaginable
Yet, it IS possible to grasp the big picture and try to understand the policy decisions our fearless leaders are making. For example, you can look at snapshots of budget plans today, last year or a few years ago to get a sense for how things changed. I've attached very simple summaries of actual spending and budget forecasts for FY2021 and FY2022. Look at the spending changes for 2022 and 2023.
The emergency spending caused by the pandemic and the spending goals of our current Congress are increasing the impact of our government on the economy directly and to the markets indirectly. You can see the size of the deficit and the change in projected national debt. These numbers are hard to grasp, but they are huge.
Congress is currently debating another stimulus program that will increase the annual spending by about $0.4 trillion/year. This excess fiscal stimulus is one reason why inflation is running very hot. Higher spending may create the sustained inflation we all fear. No one wants to relive the 1970's economic experience.
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Our source for these excellent summary tables is US Government Finances: Spending, Deficit, Debt, Revenue since 1792 (usgovernmentspending.com)
Robert Lloyd, CFA®
Chief Investment Officer
Lloyds Intrepid Wealth Management
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