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The Reelection of Obama Reaffirms a Rot in America

The title comes from a quip by NRO’s Jay Nordlinger

I myself think the reelection of Obama reaffirms a rot in America — but, again, “reaffirms.” The rot set in quite a while ago.
I am not necessarily proud of my country. For one thing, I didn’t have a damn thing to do with its greatness. For another, I was lucky, nothing more, to be born here.

What I am is grateful for my country — grateful for its Constitution, its Anglo-Saxon inheritance: the rule of law, individual rights, separation of powers, free enterprise, the English language, equality of opportunity, equality under the law, E pluribus unum, “In God We Trust.”

And I was grateful for these things long before Election Day ’08, or Election Day ’12. I am still grateful for this republic — and hope we can keep it. Hope, rather, that a majority still wants it.

When did the rot set in? Don McLean wrote American Pie in 1971. An excellent column on the meanings in this song can be found here. There certainly was not a rot setting in by our greatest generation who survived The Great Depression and won WWII. They showed wisdom by cutting federal spending in the post-war Congress. They also believed wars are fought until you win, and they saw the victories of WWII as part of a great moral victory for America. While the Korean conflict ended in a tie, the people of South Korea remain free of the tyranny of the communists in North Korea.

Below are tables of data on federal spending (in billions of dollars), federal deficits (as a percent of the federal budget), and federal income tax (as a percent of GDP). The source of this data is here. This data leads to the conclusion that 1975 is when the rot set in. Of course there are events referred to in American Pie of rot before 1975, and Roe v. Wade was in 1973. However, 1975 looks like the year from the data.

In 1975, we had for the first time, a President who had never been elected to office. We had a Congress more powerful than the President make a law – the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act, that created a new Congressional Budget Office and put entitlement spending on auto-pilot. We had a Congress that abandoned South Vietnam to be absorbed into the tyranny of the Vietnamese communists. This is the beginning of when a large number of US residents stopped being so grateful for the things Jay is grateful for.

This is in no way an argument against the opinion that massive voter fraud exists. There can be both voter fraud and rot in America. The rot manifests itself with the younger Cuban-American voters in Florida. Instead of heeding the advice of their parents who knew tyranny, they voted for one whose promises they believed – “We’ll keep your benefits coming in exchange for giving us your vote.”

It’s not clear what exactly takes place in the future, but we must continue to report on what actually took place in the past, since many of our Greatest Generation have already passed on. Can you Imagine cutting federal spending by 1.5 trillion in one year? What they did percentage-wise in 1946 is that kind of spending cut.

1944 Thru 1974 Federal Spending, Federal Deficit, Federal Income Tax
The Federal spending spans from 35.59 to 260.36 in billions of dollars and six times the spending was cut from the previous year.
The Average Federal deficit as a % of total Federal Budget is 4.57 and 9 times there was a budget surplus.
The Average Federal Income Tax is 11.57 % of GDP.

Year Fed Spending (billions of $) Fed Deficit (% of Fed total budget) Fed Income tax (% of GDP)
1944 100.52 48.87 15.67
1945 106.88 50.23 15.43
1946 66.53 30.25 12.60
1947 41.40 -7.81 10.87
1948 35.59 -32.77 10.77
1949 40.20 -9.85 10.00
1950 44.80 2.84 8.93
1951 48.94 -15.93 10.54
1952 71.57 -0.32 13.72
1953 79.99 7.19 13.46
1954 77.69 2.39 13.31
1955 73.44 2.08 11.24
1956 75.99 -6.98 12.13
1957 81.78 -6.46 12.32
1958 86.05 0.06 11.73
1959 93.53 8.63 10.66
1960 97.28 -2.59 11.82
1961 104.86 3.36 11.43
1962 106.82 6.69 11.28
1963 111.32 4.27 11.20
1964 118.53 4.99 10.88
1965 118.23 1.19 10.33
1966 134.53 2.75 10.86
1967 157.46 5.49 11.47
1968 178.13 14.12 10.70
1969 183.64 -1.77 12.59
1970 195.65 1.45 11.87
1971 210.17 10.96 10.03
1972 230.68 10.13 10.25
1973 245.71 6.07 10.08
1974 269.36 2.28 10.51



1975 thru 2011 Federal Spending, Federal Deficit, and Federal Income Tax
Federal Spending spans from 332.33 to 3,603.06 in billions of dollars and one time the spending was cut from the previous year.
The Average Federal deficit as a % of total Federal Budget is 14.19 and 4 times there was a budget surplus.
The Average Federal Income Tax is 9.92 % of GDP.

Year Fed Spending (billions of $) Fed Deficit (% of Fed total budget) Fed Income tax (% of GDP)
1975 332.33 16.02 9.95
1976 371.79 19.83 9.48
1977 409.22 13.11 10.47
1978 458.75 12.90 10.50
1979 504.03 8.08 11.07
1980 590.94 12.49 11.07
1981 678.24 11.64 11.10
1982 745.74 17.16 10.66
1983 808.36 25.71 9.22
1984 851.81 21.76 9.04
1985 946.34 22.43 9.39
1986 990.38 22.34 9.24
1987 1004.02 14.91 10.06
1988 1064.42 14.58 9.72
1989 1143.74 13.35 10.01
1990 1252.99 17.64 9.66
1991 1324.23 20.33 9.44
1992 1381.53 21.01 9.09
1993 1409.39 18.10 9.41
1994 1461.75 13.90 9.65
1995 1515.74 10.82 10.08
1996 1560.48 6.88 10.57
1997 1601.12 1.37 11.04
1998 1652.46 -4.19 11.57
1999 1701.84 -7.38 11.38
2000 1788.95 -13.21 12.18
2001 1862.85 -6.88 11.14
2002 2010.89 7.84 9.46
2003 2159.90 17.48 8.31
2004 2292.84 18.00 8.42
2005 2471.96 12.88 9.55
2006 2655.05 9.35 10.45
2007 2728.69 5.89 10.93
2008 2982.54 15.37 10.09
2009 3517.68 40.16 7.56
2010 3456.21 37.43 7.51
2011 3603.06 36.07 8.51

pilgrim
I am retired after 36 years of being a state of Indiana employee. I enjoy writing and reading conservative blogs.

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  1. I agree, Pilgrim. The Rot and massive voter fraud co-exist. But since the rot is largely by design, the voter fraud prohibits us from fixing by ordinary means. And don’t forget, about the greatest generation, it could be said that they started the bal rolling by raising the sorriest generation ever, establishing a trend that has yet to rectified.

    Their singular mistake, when they came home and starting raising families, was placing their children’s lives in the hands of the state.

    • I know what you’re saying about the greatest generation raising the sorriest generation because I am a baby boomer. Just another example of the unintended consequence of trying to shelter your children from the hardships you endured. I still think the way they lived their own lives outweighs their faults in child rearing.

      • I’m a baby boomer too. Have 2 kids in their 30’s. I get it, and most of my pals in my age group do as well. But I’m sorry to say my 2 kids ain’t fully cooked. One is a raw egg and one is only soft boiled.

        I’m hoping for hard boiled eventually for both but I don’t think that will happen.

        And thanks for your hard work in pulling this together.

      • I’m a baby boomer too. Have 2 kids in their 30’s. I get it, and most of my pals in my age group do as well. But I’m sorry to say my 2 kids ain’t fully cooked. One is a raw egg and one is only soft boiled.

        I’m hoping for hard boiled eventually for both but I don’t think that will happen.

        And thanks for your hard work in pulling this together.

  1. I agree, Pilgrim. The Rot and massive voter fraud co-exist. But since the rot is largely by design, the voter fraud prohibits us from fixing by ordinary means. And don’t forget, about the greatest generation, it could be said that they started the bal rolling by raising the sorriest generation ever, establishing a trend that has yet to rectified.

    Their singular mistake, when they came home and starting raising families, was placing their children’s lives in the hands of the state.

    • I know what you’re saying about the greatest generation raising the sorriest generation because I am a baby boomer. Just another example of the unintended consequence of trying to shelter your children from the hardships you endured. I still think the way they lived their own lives outweighs their faults in child rearing.

      • I’m a baby boomer too. Have 2 kids in their 30’s. I get it, and most of my pals in my age group do as well. But I’m sorry to say my 2 kids ain’t fully cooked. One is a raw egg and one is only soft boiled.

        I’m hoping for hard boiled eventually for both but I don’t think that will happen.

        And thanks for your hard work in pulling this together.

      • I’m a baby boomer too. Have 2 kids in their 30’s. I get it, and most of my pals in my age group do as well. But I’m sorry to say my 2 kids ain’t fully cooked. One is a raw egg and one is only soft boiled.

        I’m hoping for hard boiled eventually for both but I don’t think that will happen.

        And thanks for your hard work in pulling this together.

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