Useful survey on when the recent as well as the further back decisions on going into debt were made. From April, but so very relevant today.
The Washington Post, April 30, 2011
The nation’s unnerving descent into debt began a decade ago with a choice, not a crisis.
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All told, Obama-era choices account for about $1.7 trillion in new debt, according to a separate Washington Post analysis of CBO data over the past decade. Bush-era policies, meanwhile, account for more than $7 trillion and are a major contributor to the trillion-dollar annual budget deficits that are dominating the political debate.
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William Hoagland, who was for years a top budget aide to Domenici and other GOP Senate leaders, said it is simplistic to think today’s fiscal problems began just 10 years ago. In 1976, as a young CBO analyst, Hoagland produced a long-term simulation that showed entitlement costs gradually overwhelming the rest of the federal budget.
“This situation really goes back to long before [the Bush administration], which is to say to old dead men that have long left the Congress,” he said.