Democrat vs Republican Average Budget Deficits From 1946 to 2009





-- Expenses vs. revenues scale - Republican vs. Democrats --From 1946 to 2009 (a total of 64 years), the United States has racked up an impressive $10.303 trillion dollars in red ink.

I'm not just adding up the deficits in this equation and leaving out the surpluses - this figure includes the surpluses as well (all 12 of them since 1946).

From 1946 to 2009, a Republican president has been in office for 36 of those years, while a Democrat has been in office for the other 28.

From 1946 to 2009, the United States has posted an average budget deficit of $160.99 billion (inflation adjusted).

During the 36 years that the Republicans have held the White House from 1946-2009, the United States has posted an average deficit of $202.28 billion (inflation adjusted).

During the 28 years that the Democrats have held the White House from 1946-2009, the United States has posted an average deficit of $107.9 billion.

The Republicans have managed to post a budget surplus in 5 of the 36 years, with the most recent surplus coming in 2001.

The Democrats have managed to post a budget surplus in 7 of the 28 years, with the most recent surplus coming in 2000.

The largest inflation-adjusted deficit posted by the Republicans from 1946-2009? 2008 ($455 billion), with 1983 as a close second ($443 billion).

The largest inflation-adjusted deficit posted by the Democrats from 1946-2009? 2009 ($1.4 trillion).

The largest inflation-adjusted surplus posted by the Republicans from 1946-2009? $152.76 billion (2001).

The largest inflation-adjusted surplus posted by the Democrats from 1946-2009? $290.77 billion (2000).

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It's important to note that the average deficit under a Democratic president will rise sharply over the next three years, given the current White House budget projections for 2010-2012. For instance, the White House is predicting that the United States will post a $1.35 trillion budget deficit for the 2010 fiscal year, which will obviously dramatically inflate the Democratic averages.

Source: History of Deficits and Surpluses in the United States




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