The story of today's deficits starts in January 2001, as President Bill Clinton was leaving office. The Congressional Budget Office estimated then that the government would run an average annual surplus of more than $800 billion a year from 2009 to 2012. Today, the government is expected to run a $1.2 trillion annual deficit in those years... About 7 percent [of the $2 trillion swing] comes from the stimulus bill that Mr. Obama signed in February.
If I take 7 percent of $2 trillion, I get $140 billion. The stimulus was $787 billion. I need help with the math.
First, Leonhardt is talking about annual spending, and the stimulus
total is for cumulative spending. OK, so let's multiply $140 billion
by four to get cumulative spending through 2012--answer is $560
billion. That still leaves over $200 billion of stimulus spending not
accounted for in Leonhardt's calculations. Is there that much left over
to be spent after 2012? What happened to the promise that
seventy-five percent of the stimulus would be in the bloodstream by
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