Scandal… Team Obama Cooked the Books – 2010 Deficit Was Actually $2.1 Trillion Not $1.29 Trillion

The Tax Prof Blog passed this on from The Fiscal Times.

If corporate accountants used government rules for their financial statements, they’d be jailed. That’s why we rarely see the real number of the federal deficit—a terrifying $2.1 trillion last year. …

In principle, changes in the cost of long-term commitments should be included in the budget, as they would under accrual accounting. The Financial Report takes a stab at doing so and finds that it would have almost doubled last year’s budget deficit from $1.3 trillion to $2.1 trillion.

And, here we thought a Trillion dollar national deficit was bad!

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