Bob Beauprez
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Barack Obama delivered his new budget proposal to Congress this morning. The document increases yet again the estimate for deficit spending for the current FY 2012 year - $1.33 trillion.   If even close to accurate, when this fiscal year ends, Obama will  have presided over four consecutive annual deficits in excess of $1 trillion – each one nearly three times larger than any previous annual deficit in U.S. history – and a total of additional debt for the nation of $5.334 trillion during his first term.    

By election time this fall, Obama will have nearly completed his first term.  The annual deficits on his watch will be as follows:

FY 2009 - $1.412 trillion

FY 2010 - $1.293 trillion

FY 2011 - $1.299 trillion

FY 2012 - $1.33   trillion (OMB estimate)

It seems meaningless to mention that he promised a much different scenario.

It took the first 42 Presidents 212 years for America to amass as much total debt as Obama will pile on future generations in just four years.   According to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the total debt held by the public will more than double during Obama’s four years in office – exploding from $5.8 trillion at the end of FY 2008 to nearly $12 trillion by the end of FY 2012 on September 30 of this year. 

Yes, Obama inherited an economy in free fall, and he does not deserve blame for all of the deficit spending already in motion when he was sworn into office, although it is only fair to mention that Democrats were in control of both the House and Senate in 2007 and 2008.  Other President’s came to office amid great challenges, too, and Obama was the one who promised he knew how to turn things around.  He’s the one who said he’d cut in half the deficit he inherited by the end of his first term. 

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Bob Beauprez

Bob Beauprez is a former Member of Congress and is currently the editor-in-chief of A Line of Sight, an online policy resource. Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Beauprez was a dairy farmer and community banker. He and his wife Claudia reside in Lafayette, Colorado. You may contact him at: http://bobbeauprez.com/contact/