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YearAnnual
Federal
Deficit
19000.046
19010.063
19020.077
19030.045
1904-0.043
1905-0.023
19060.025
19070.087
1908-0.057
1909-0.089
1910-0.018
19110.011
19120.003
19130.000
19140.000
1915-0.063
19160.048
1917-0.853
1918-9.032
1919-13.363
19200.291
19210.509
19220.736
19230.713
19240.963
19250.717
19260.865
19271.155
19280.939
19290.734
19300.8
1931-0.6
1932-4.0
1933-4.5
1934-5.9
1935-4.0
1936-5.5
1937-2.5
1938-0.1
1939-3.2
1940-2.9
1941-4.9
1942-20.5
1943-54.6
1944-47.6
1945-47.6
1946-15.9
19474.0
194811.8
19490.6
1950-3.1
19516.1
1952-1.5
1953-6.5
1954-1.2
1955-3.0
19563.9
19573.4
1958-2.8
1959-12.8
19600.3
1961-3.3
1962-7.1
1963-4.8
1964-5.9
1965-1.4
1966-3.7
1967-8.6
1968-25.2
19693.24
1970-2.84
1971-23.03
1972-23.37
1973-14.91
1974-6.14
1975-53.24
1976-73.73
1977-53.66
1978-59.19
1979-40.73
1980-73.83
1981-78.97
1982-127.98
1983-207.8
1984-185.37
1985-212.31
1986-221.22
1987-149.73
1988-155.15
1989-152.46
1990-221.2
1991-269.33
1992-290.38
1993-255.09
1994-203.25
1995-163.97
1996-107.47
1997-21.96
199869.21
1999125.56
2000236.45
2001127.3
2002-157.8
2003-304.16
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010

Consumer Price Index:
The US Census Bureau maintains a time series, E-135: Consumer Price Indexes (all items) from 1800 to 1970.
Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970, Part 1
E. Prices and Price Indexes: Series E-135; p.211 (pdf)



Why Stuck on Stupid?

Seventy years ago the leaders of both US political parties turned away from the policies that had created an economic powerhouse we call the Roaring Twenties. For ten long years Americans suffered through wrenching economic dislocations: deflation, inflation, a four-year economic contraction, endless unemployment, mindless political experiments, and ruthless attacks on businessmen for political gain as their leaders stayed Stuck on Stupid.

Today, after a twenty-five year economic boom, Americans are once more faced with a political elite that wants to monkey with success. It wants to raise tax rates. It wants to restrict trade. It wants to increase government power.

It‘s time to look back and remind ourselves how it came to be, starting in 1929, that America got itself Stuck on Stupid. Otherwise it could happen again.

1929-1939: “A Decade that will live — in stupidity.”