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Federal Spending Real PerCapita Trends from 1950

Federal Spending adjusted for population and inflation trended higher from 1950 to about the end of the century. The downtrend that started around 2000 may be associated with tax cuts in 1997, 2001 and 2003. While the 2007 high fell well short of the historical uptrend it did exceed the 2000 high by 1.5%.

Federal Debt from 1939

Total Federal Debt is presented as both a share of GDP and in constant 2005 dollars per capita. Total debt includes Federal debt held by Government entities such as the Federal Reserve. As a share of GDP debt reached an all time low in 1981 just before the tax cuts. While trending higher since debt [...]

Federal Budget Spending & Revenue Real PerCapita from 1929

The chart shows Federal Spending, Revenue and the surplus or deficit since 1929 as a share of GDP. The budget surplus in the 1st quarter of 2000 reached the largest share of GDP since 1951. Since then spending trended up and revenue down into 2009. Since late 2008 the Budget Deficit has been running at [...]

Federal Budget Spending & Revenue percent of GDP from 1929

The chart shows Federal Spending, Revenue and the surplus or deficit since 1929 as a share of GDP. The budget surplus in the 1st quarter of 2000 reached the largest share of GDP since 1951. Since then spending trended up and revenue down into 2009. Since late 2008 the Budget Deficit has been running at [...]

Dollar vs Current Account

The value of the Dollar appears to be influenced by trade. The chart shows the correlation of the trade weighted US dollar index with the current account as a percent of GDP. Trade as measured by the current account leads the dollar by 9 years. The record trade deficit of 6.5% of GDP suggests the [...]

Dollar vs Capital Gains

The trade weighted index of the US dollar appears to be strongly influenced by what the capital gains tax rate was 8 years earlier. The correlation is significant with monthly data, but extraordinary using 7 year moving averages. The dollar went completely off the gold standard in 1973 since which markets have set the exchange [...]