Charts of the Day: Time to Hit the Fiscal Reset


You’ve seen versions of these charts before, but Michael Linden of CAP has now updated them. They send a pretty clear message: Over the past two years, the federal deficit has been slashed by about $2.5 trillion, mostly via spending cuts. As a result, our medium-term deficit picture has brightened considerably.

And now? It’s time to stop. The economy is still fragile, austerity has failed utterly in Europe, and we don’t need any more of it here. For now, at least, a deficit of around 3 percent of GDP is, if anything, too low. It’s time to hit the reset button. The full report is here.

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