Biden’s Build Back Better Act May Add $3 Trillion To The Federal Deficit (And Cost $4.73 Trillion)

Call it “The Letter That Phil Swagel Wrote.”

The letter from Phil Swagel, Director of the Congressional Budget Office, sent a letter to Congress stating that

“The Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on
Taxation project that a version of the bill modified as you have specified
would increase the deficit by $3.0 trillion over the 2022–2031 period.”

In short, members of Congress asked the CBO “What would happen if the programs in the bill would be made permanent (which they almost always are made permanent). The result? The Letter That Phil Swagel Wrote: Federal Deficits would increase by $3.0 trillion over the next 10 years.

The Center For A Responsible Federal Budget is even more glaring. The permanent cost of Build Back Better is $4.73 trillion … and a deficit of $3.01 trillion.

Here is all 2,466 pages of the Build Back Better Act (or Build Back Deficits Act).

The Penn-Wharton Budget Model estimates that — if Congress follows White House policy to make most provisions permanent — then Build Back Better will reduce the long-term GDP by 2.8 percent, reduce wages by 1.5 percent, and reduce work hours by 1.3 percent. The only thing it will expand is government debt, by 25 percent.

Build Back Badly?

What’s Wrong With This Picture? M2 Money Growth “SLOWS” To 12.8% YoY As Real Earnings Growth Slows To -1.6% YoY (Will Omarova As Comptroller Make This Better??)

Highlights for Children has a popular segment called “What’s Wrong With This Picture?”

I give you my economics version of “What’s Wrong With This Picture?” It features The Federal Reserve’s M2 Money year–over-year compared with Real Average Weekly Earnings year-over-year.

Yes, M2 Money growth has “slowed” to 12.8% YoY while US Real Average Weekly Earnings YoY is now -1.6%. In other words, while M2 Money is still growing at a rapid pace, real weekly earnings growth is NEGATIVE.

The Fed continues to pump money into a bottle-necked economy while The Federal government pays people NOT to work.

The US Senate has a plan to fix the problem: Biden has nominated Saule Omarova, a dingbat law professor from Cornell (alma matter for The Office’s Andy Bernard), who proposes the following:

(1) Moving all bank deposits from commercial banks to so-called FedAccounts at the Federal Reserve;

(2) Allowing the Fed, in “extreme and rare circumstances, when the Fed is unable to control inflation by raising interest rates,” to confiscate deposits from these FedAccounts in order to tighten monetary policy;

And Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D-of course) thinks there is NO MORAL HAZARD PROBLEM with The Fed confiscating bank deposits for its own use?????

If I was attending Omarova’s confirmation hearing, my verdict would be ..

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