Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Federal Surplus

The U.S. Government recorded a $21 billion surplus in January. That is excluding the budget cuts signed by President Bush in the past few days. I would point out January 15th is when the first estimated tax payments are due, so I am sure that is what contributed to the surplus (there was an $8 billion surplus last January). This also follows a $10 billion surplus in December. April typically has a surplus because of all the tax returns, so hopefully when the budget deficit is re-estimated, it will be substantially lower. Right now for FY2006 (Oct '05-Sept '06) we have a $98 billion deficit. Last year we had a $104 billion deficit at this point. Feburary will tell the tale, as 1/3 of last year's deficit came in Feburary ($113 billion in Feb '05).

Much still remains to be cut in the federal budget and hopefully the GOP will one day start doing something about it. This first round of budget cuts is a good start though.

UPDATE: The current deficit estimate (including the new data) is $423 billion for FY2006.


  • At 2/11/2006 8:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hey, big guy, the budget doesn't include Iraq and Afghanistan spending, and does include the surplus in the SS acount.

  • At 2/11/2006 2:01 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    I am well aware of that.

  • At 2/13/2006 11:45 AM, Blogger Virginia Centrist said…

    Also -

    Bush didn't "sign" any cuts into law. He just proposed a budget that will serve as the framework for the budget discussions this year.

    That budget had some small cuts in it.

    But since Bush refuses to exercise (1) party discipline on spending or (2) his option to veto big spending bills, those cuts will be stripped from the final document.

    The cuts in his budget are political posturing, nothing more. Congress will restore most of the money and then some. And he'll stand by and watch it.

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