“I think of this job as being a relay runner,” President Obama says regarding the transfer of power to the new president. But what he understandably does not say is that he will be handing over to President-elect Trump a basket of economic deplorables.

Though many analysts are predicting a big decline in the stock market, a repeat of Black Monday is highly unlikely. Not impossible, just highly unlikely. 

On Friday, the Treasury Department published the final revenue and spending numbers for the federal government for Fiscal Year 2016, which ended on September 30. According to Treasury's report, spending increased significantly (by nearly five percent) over the previous year, to more than $3.8 trillion, while revenues remained essentially flat from the year before, at $3.25 trillion. That left a shortfall of approximately $600 billion, forcing the government to borrow 15 cents of every dollar it spent last year. And the two presidential candidates have remained disturbingly silent about the issue.



The economic growth rate during each of the last eight presidential administrations (beginning with Eisenhower's) was lowest during Obama’s term in office, January 2009 through October 2015, an era of multiple tax hikes and pervasive regulatory expansion.

Tax cuts work. It's economic ignornance about this fact that keeps them from being enacted.

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