Katie Pavlich

The October 2012 U.S. budget deficit has increased compared to the budget deficit of October 2011. In October 2011, we saw a deficit of $98.5 billion and October 2012 shows a $120 billion deficit according to the Treasury Department.  This number comes more than 2000 days since Senate Democrats introduced a budget.

To put this into perspective, let's look at President Obama's most recent argument for raising taxes on those making more than $250,000 per year.

Democrats countered that the one-year savings from ending the cuts for the rich may not be much, but that those savings would grow over time, bringing more than $800 billion into the U.S. Treasury by the end of the decade.

$800 billion by the end of the decade (10 years) = $80 billion per year = $6.6 billion per month. At this rate of spending, the tax increase does zero to help reduce the deficit. Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. The only way to even start reducing the deficit is to get 23 million unemployed people working and paying taxes again.

 


Katie Pavlich

Katie Pavlich is the News Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her new book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, will be published on July 8, 2014.

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