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CBO Report Confirms Taxmageddon Equals Recession for 2013
ATR ^ | 2012-09-05 | Rhett Brooks

Posted on 09/06/2012 2:21:25 PM PDT by 92nina

The Congressional Budget Office released a report that gave a grim outlook for the U.S. economy. The CBO predicts a 0.5% decline in real GDP between the fourth quarter of 2012 and 2013 if the Bush Tax Cuts are allowed to expire and scheduled spending cuts are made.

The CBO also predicts unemployment to rise to 9% for the second half of 2013 under the same scenario.

Although these circumstances could prove hazardous for the U.S. economy in 2013, the outlook for the deficit, according to the CBO, would improve significantly. If tax increases are made, the deficit would be expected to shrink to about $641 billion.

One of the problems with the CBO report is the correlation made between tax increases and a decreasing deficit. The CBO report fails to acknowledge the largely positive affect of the Bush Tax Cuts on the deficit. Below is a table that shows tax revenue from the end of the Clinton Administration to 2011. As shown in the table, there is a steady increase in tax revenue after the Bush tax cuts in 2003. Tax revenue eventually peaked in 2007, then declined in 2008, and dropped drastically in 2009 as a result of the recession.

People often mistake the large deficits under the Bush administration as being proof that tax cuts for the so-called “wealthy” inevitably lead to growing deficits. As illustrated in the table below, however, tax cuts can have a positive effect on tax revenue.

The real issue in regards to decreasing deficits is lowering spending, not tax hikes.


Tax Revenues(in Millions)

Expenditures(in Millions)

Surplus/Deficit(in Millions)















































2011 (estimated)




TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Reference
KEYWORDS: cbo; congress; democrats; economy; middleclasstaxes; recession; taxes; taxmageddon
CBO predicts a 0.5% decline in U.S. economy under fiscal tightening scenario
1 posted on 09/06/2012 2:21:31 PM PDT by 92nina
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To: 92nina

These articles crack me up.

They’re written as if things aren’t bad right now.

Frankly I think these economists need to get real jobs if they can.

2 posted on 09/06/2012 2:25:04 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

I believe throughout that chart, “billion” is mean, not “million.”

3 posted on 09/06/2012 2:30:54 PM PDT by dangus
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To: 92nina
"If tax increases are made, the deficit would be expected to shrink to about $641 billion."

So...we'd only be going into further debt (borrowing) $641 billion instead of $1.2 trillion a year.

That would delay the time to complete collapse by a little, eh?

4 posted on 09/06/2012 2:40:55 PM PDT by blam
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To: 92nina

The CBO is in denial or lying about the deficit reduction.

Take a look at the revenue chart 2008 to 2009. The US lost HALF a TRILLION in revenue with the recession.

If the economy slowed .5% as predicted— it would do massive damage to the revenue side. CBO pretends that everyone losing their job and going out of business will still pay taxes. That is false. Tax revenues will decline and that is why tax cuts do pay for themselves— they raise revenue and the Bush years show that.

5 posted on 09/06/2012 2:50:26 PM PDT by lonestar67 (I remember when unemployment was 4.7 percent)
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To: 92nina

Short of a major wartime mobilization, more than doubling Federal expenditures in 10 years CANNOT be justified.

It AIN’T the revenue side....

6 posted on 09/06/2012 3:39:34 PM PDT by mikrofon (Spend & More-Spend)
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To: 92nina

Years 2000 and 2001 are shown spending less than revenue.

Why, then, has the National Debt never decreased, year-over-year, since some time in the Eisenhower administration?

Someone’s lying.

7 posted on 09/07/2012 5:45:23 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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