..Because of Tariffs we will be able to start paying down large amounts of the $21 Trillion in debt that has been accumulated, much by the Obama Administration, while at the same time reducing taxes for our people. At minimum, we will make much better Trade Deals for our country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2018
Data for the above chart downloaded from US Government Debt, not an official government website. There are lots of excellent charts one can view already made or create from downloaded data.
I created the above chart showing budgeted deficits vs what actually happened. I calculated actual deficits by subtracting the year-over-year national debt from the year-over-year national debt from the prior year.
Projections vs Reality
In nearly all cases, the actual deficit is way higher than projected. Why?
Because the projected deficit does not include all of the amount owed to the Social Security Trust Fund. That amount is called off-budget. But when the calendar year rolls over, the difference magically appears as a bigger than projected increase in the national debt.
Trump Projected Deficits
Deficits under Trump are expected to range from $666 billion to $987 billion, increasing every year. The total projected sum is about $3.47 trillion.
The obvious problem with the study is that it does not include any losses.
Let's ignore the losses and assume there are only gains. In fact, let's assume the gains will be 100 times greater annually, without any losses.
Question of the Day?
Even if the deficit actually comes in at the projected rate (trust me, it will underperform expectations), what is the likelihood tariffs will reduce the national debt?
The answer of course is ZERO.
Trump's budget will add a minimum of $500 billion every year to the national debt.