Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Obama Raises 2010 Deficit Estimate to $1.5 Trillion Obama Raises 2010 Deficit Estimate to $1.5 Trillion

According to, the unemployment rate is expected to surge to 10 percent, while the budget deficit is predicted to be a staggering $1.5 trillion. These numbers are both much higher than the Obama administration had predicted, and the announcement has many wondering if the recession will last longer then we had all hoped.

The Office of Management and Budget forecasts a weaker economic recovery than it saw in May as the gross domestic product shrinks 2.8 percent this year before expanding 2 percent next year, according to the administration’s mid-year economic review issued today. The Congressional Budget Office, in a separate assessment, forecast the economy will grow 2.8 percent next year. Both see the GDP expanding 3.8 percent in 2011.

“While the danger of the economy immediately falling into a deep recession has receded, the American economy is still in the midst of a serious economic downturn,” the White House report said. “The long-term deficit outlook remains daunting.”

The budget shortfall for 2010 would mark the second straight year of trillion-dollar deficits. Along with the unemployment numbers, the deficit may complicate President Barack Obama’s drive for his top domestic priority, overhauling the U.S. health care system.

“It throws a wrench in health-care reforms,” Maya MacGuineas, president of the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said in an interview. “No matter the specific numbers, they’re a constant reminder that we’re in bad, bad shape.”

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