U.S. debt to exceed size of economy for 1st time since WWII

Driven by the multi-trillion-dollar emergency relief packages in response the coronavirus, the U.S. deficit is expected to be $3.7 trillion in 2020, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

That would cause the federal debt to exceed the size of the economy for the first time since World War II, the Washington Examiner reported.

Combined with the $2.7 trillion in relief legislation already signed into law, the unprecedented drop in economic activity due to the near-total lockdowns is expected to severely depress revenue collections.

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the CBO already had projected annual $1 trillion deficits into the future as the number of retirees grows and health-care costs rise.

Now, the CBO forecasts GDP to drop 12% in the second quarter, the equivalent of 40% on an annualized basis.

Unemployment, at 50-year lows just months ago, is expected to average 14% over the quarter.

The public debt will reach 101% of GDP by the end of the year, the CBO predicts.

The last time that happened — the only time in American history — in 1945, the year World War II ended, and 1946.

GDP in those years was 104% and 106%, respectively, due to wartime spending.

The Examiner said the actual percentag of GDP for 2020 is likely to be worse, the Examiner said.

That’s because the CBO does not account for future spending bills that Congress is likely to pass in response to the crisis.

The CBO also assumes a 75% drop in social distancing during the second half of the year. Some analysts believe that is optimistic.

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2 thoughts on “U.S. debt to exceed size of economy for 1st time since WWII”

  1. I’m with Victoria. Debt is a construct of the illusion and this crap writing is fear mongering. This debt was amassed under deceit, hegemony, warmonger, and inappropriate use of the Earths natural resources. Wake up and get the sleep out of your eyes, the view of change is spectacular!

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  2. It does Not matter what the numbers say, the debt does Not exist. It can’t, it is All based on an Unconstitutional & Illegal system. If someone loaned anyone Monopoly money then monopoly money is what they will get back in return. You see the gig is up with these Usury Thugs that steal your Nations Gold, Silver & Resources, then prop up their IMF banks, grant your Governments loans to then charge interest on something that was already yours to begin with. They create War with Nations that don’t agree, then rebuild, prop up a IMF bank, & charge the that Nation for rebuilding. This scam been going on since WW1. Federal Reserve act 1913, WW1 1914.

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