Improved Deficit Can't Last

US faces huge future budget crunch
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2007 5:24 AM CDT
Improved Deficit Can't Last
President Bush makes remarks on the federal budget, Wednesday, July 11, 2007, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)   (Associated Press)

The federal deficit is falling: The OMB yesterday predicted a $205 billion deficit for 2007, down from last year and half of what it was at the peak in 2004. But the fiscal good news is not likely to last, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The OMB also predicts the deficit will rise again in 2008 to $258 billion.

The deficit decline is attributed to the rise in corporate tax revenues from a boom in profits.
But revenue growth is already slowing and spending on defense programs is rising. The US faces a huge budget crunch around 2010 when baby boomers begin retiring in large numbers  and relying on entitlement programs like Medicare. (More Office of Budget and Management stories.)

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