Debt Day marked in government
Published 12:30 pm Monday, April 27, 2009
Today, April 26th marks Debt Day for the 2009 fiscal year. Debt Day is the day the federal government starts paying for spending by borrowing money rather than using its revenue.
This means that from this day forward through the rest of the fiscal year, all of the money Washington spends will either be borrowed from other countries or borrowed from our children and grandchildren.
Last year, Debt Day fell on August 5 – over three months later than this year. In every fiscal year since 9/11, Debt Day has fallen at least three months after this year’s Debt Day.
The reality of today’s economy has struck Americans throughout the country. Families have been forced to cut back on expenses, and as economic uncertainty continues, many are looking to their leaders in Washington for real solutions during a difficult time.
Yet, President Obama and the Democratic leadership in Congress continue to press forward with unprecedented spending of taxpayers’ dollars. In almost 100 days in office, the president has accumulated $564 billion in new debt.
According to the Con-gressional Budget Office (CBO), the president’s budget will produce $9.3 trillion in deficits over the next ten years, doubling the national debt in eight years. By 2012, the American people will be paying $1 billion a day in net interest.
The debt per capita is currently about $35,000, and in just eight years, it will be $70,000. Racking up debt at the current pace is simply unsustainable.
Outraged over this out of control spending, hundreds of thousands of people held tea parties in over 2,800 locations across the country earlier this month.
Concerned about the direction in which our country is headed as well as about what that future will hold for their children and grandchildren, citizens from all walks of life stood shoulder to shoulder in a stand of solidarity to express their outrage and frustration over the spending, taxing, and borrowing that is occurring at a record in Washington.
Days after these protests the president asked his cabinet to cut $100 million from the budget over the next 90 days to try and trim a budget deficit projected to reach $1.4 trillion next year.
He didn’t ask his Cabinet to trim $100 million from each of 15 departments or even ask them to trim $100 billion; he asked his Cabinet to cut a collective $100 million from the entire federal budget.
Friends, with federal government spending more than $4 trillion during this fiscal year alone, this amounts to a paltry .0025 percent “savings.”
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Jo Bonner serves as a member of the house of