November 02, 2003

Record fiscal deficit in the US

Bad news for US taxpayers and for the US (and world) economy:

That broke the previous record of more than $290 billion posted in fiscal year 1992. As a percentage of the economy, the deficit totaled 3.5 percent, the largest since 1993.

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The record gap will likely fuel political bickering over the deficit. The previous record deficit was posted by President Bush's father, and was a major issue in his losing bid for reelection in 1992. In 2000, the government posted a record surplus of $236.92 billion.