Given the attention the Federal Sequestration is currently receiving in the press and popular discourse we thought it would be beneficial (in a non-partisan way) to spell out the issues facing our country.

When people set out to discuss the federal budget, they often get glassy-eyed after $100 billion.  We thought it would be easier to break down the numbers on a per household basis. Hope this helps you frame the issue.

Summarizing where we stood in 2012, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of our country was just under $129,000 per household.  GDP is the market value of all officially recognized final goods and services produced within our country.

Our government spent just over $31,000 per household during 2012, which was roughly 24% of GDP.  Of the $31,000 that Uncle Sam spent on your household last year, taxes and revenues only covered $20,387.  The remaining $10,163 per household was borrowed.

Framed another way… how many of you would be able to borrow 33% of what your spent each year?

Stay tuned to Part 2

 

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