Skip to comments.Point of No Return | National Debt Tops Personal Income
Posted on 05/29/2011 12:26:49 PM PDT by NaturalBornConservative
~ By: Larry Walker, Jr. ~
For the first time since World War II, the National Debt of the United States has exceeded personal income, on a per capita basis. The point of no return was breached in 2010, during Barack Obamas second year in office, and the derangement continues to spin hopelessly out of control. This means that every dollar earned by an American citizen is now owned by the federal government, and then some. Thats right, the average annual income of most working-class Americans now belongs to the federal government. The warning of Thomas Jefferson has come to pass, A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.
Meanwhile, no senators voted for Barack Obama's 2012 budget when it came up for a vote in the Senate on Wednesday. A procedural vote to move forward on the president's plan failed 0 - 97, proving that Obama is basically a lame duck president, with no viable plan for resolving the government-manufactured fiscal crisis.
Historical Per Capita National Debt, Personal Income and GDP
In the year 1929, per capita personal income was $697, while each citizens portion of the national debt was $139. The federal governments debt represented just 16.3% of gross domestic product, and 19.9% of personal income. Although not incurring any national debt at all would have been ideal, the percentage of debt to personal income was at least somewhat bearable back in the day; but this was about to change for the worse.
The point where a citizens per capita share of the national debt exceeded personal income first occurred at the height of World War II. In 1944, per capita personal income was $1,199, while each citizens share of the national debt reached $1,452. At the time, the national debt represented 91.5% of gross domestic product and 121.1% of personal income, on a per capita basis. Per capita national debt would continue to exceed personal income through the end of 1950, five years after the end of the war.
The point of no return was decisively breached in the year 2010 (see chart above). Although per capita personal income had grown to $40,441, each citizens portion of the national debt soared to $43,732. The national debt represented 92.5% of gross domestic product and 108.1% of personal income, on a per capita basis. The situation has worsened through the end of the first quarter of 2011 with per capita personal income of $41,486, versus per capita national debt of $45,782. Through March of 2011, the national debt now represents 95.1% of gross domestic product and 110.4% of personal income, on a per capita basis.
[In contrast, at the end of 2008 per capita personal income stood at $40,469, while each citizens share of the national debt was $32,886. In 2008, the national debt represented 69.8% of GDP and 80.9% of personal income, on a per capita basis. Although the United States government was dangerously close in 2008, it had not yet surpassed the point of no return.]
This might not be as big of a deal if the United States ever paid down its debt, but I can only find six years since 1929 where this actually occurred 1930, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1956, and 1957. There is no chance of fiscal recovery with a president who, in the face of financial disaster, dares to submit a budget containing multi-trillion dollar per year deficits into the future. Until the right leadership is in place, you, I, our children and our grandchildren can look forward to living in a nation which basically owns us. Is this the same Republic that we inherited from our forefathers? I think, not.
Barack Obama has taken this nation in precisely the wrong direction; he has taken us beyond the point of no return. Yet there is still hope, but such hope, of necessity, lies beyond the realm of partisan politicians. Faith without works is dead. This isnt World War II. Its time to dramatically reduce the federal governments footprint. Its time to cut government spending. Its time to lower (not raise) the debt ceiling. Tomorrow will be too late.
Rejected! Senate Votes Unanimously To Ignore Obama's Budget
Treasury Direct: Historical Debt Outstanding Annual
Treasury Direct: Debt to the Penny through 3/31/11
Bureau of Economic Analysis: Table 7.1. Selected Per Capita Product and Income Series in Current Dollars (A)
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Another 2012 election talking point to get the one reelected! /s
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I’ll say it again:
Every single vote to contract debt that our generation cannot possibly pay is a vote for the enslavement of our grandchildren. It is the stripping of our posteritys God-given right to self-government by consent.
A yes vote to raise the debt ceiling is an unmistakable signal to already-overburdened Americans that all the campaign rhetoric about fiscal restraint was merely empty talk.
I urge every member of Congress to instead move quickly to cut spending, beginning with the vast number of programs and agencies that are not among the Enumerated Powers contained in our Constitution, which you swore to faithfully support and defend. Please, keep your word and fulfill the ultimate stated purpose of that precious document by securing the Blessings of Liberty to Posterity.
The libs will spin this as Zero “making other countries feel like we aren’t a threat anymore”.
Should I care what libs think? Greece scoffed at its warnings as well but now it’s too late for them. It’s time to wake up America!
The sad thing is that the idiots in the GOP establishment won’t use this against Obama in the next election.
I don’t think there has ever been a president in my lifetime that has had so many negatives(straight forward empirical evidence and established fact) going against him, yet the official opposition sits on its hands and does nothing.
Those who try to stop over spending through legislation will be demonized and the parasites will vote for those who keep the gravy train rolling. They don't care the bridge is out a few miles down.
The debt has topped personal income much more since then and will do so even much more from now on. Global business and government at various levels are lopping off about 1/3 of a million employees every week, if we take into account the “jobs added” each month.
In that case we should all run our bills as high as possible then declare chapter 7 on the same day. With no REVENUE they will be done for.
They are trying to keep the illusion of a recovery going long enough to get Obama elected again.
Ludwig von Mises
Who expects the voters to choose a voluntary economic crisis? Not I. Nothing will be done until a crisis compells it.
On a related note: Timmy’s name is now showing up 2009 currency....
Time to break out those little red stamps we bought upon his confirmation...
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