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United States Government Ran a $587 Billion Budget Deficit During Fiscal 2016


Posted on November 21, 2016

During fiscal year 2016, the federal government took in $3.27 trillion.  However, it spent $3.85 trillion, resulting in a budget deficit of $587 billion.

Individual income taxes brought in $1,546 billion and Social Security and other payroll tax brought in $1,115 billion.  Corporate income taxes only brought in $300 billion and other taxes and duties brought in $306 billion.

The government spent $595 billion for defense, $916 billion on Social Security and $595 billion on Medicare.  Other expenses, excluding interest, cost $1,507 billion.  Interest on the debt cost $241 billion.

These figures are mind-boggling by any measure.  What do you think?

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