"Deficit" and related terms ("budget", "overspending", "federal debt", "pay as you go", "tax and spend", "government spending") have been used a total of 793 times by the politicians and political influencers that NPR is tracking.
Why We're Tracking This: As federal budget deficits and the federal debt have soared during the past decade, the party out of power has always blamed the party in power. So this year, it's the GOP's turn to say it's the Democrats who are to blame — while the Democrats will say it's Republicans who let things get out of hand.
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Tom Perriello (D)
- Last 7 days: 3 uses (up 200% over last week)
- Overall: 6 uses since Aug. 30
Dino Rossi (R)
- Last 7 days: 2 uses (up 200% over last week)
- Overall: 10 uses since Aug. 30
- Last 7 days: 16 uses (down 65% from last week)
- Overall: 260 uses since Aug. 30
- Last 7 days: 42 uses (down 29% from last week)
- Overall: 474 uses since Aug. 30
'Sparkline' graphs plot each word's motion over the last 8 weeks.
Recent uses of "deficit"
...a national book tour after the election, while taking a full state salary, rather than working on the state's budget crisis. The state controller today admitted that her forecast of tax collections last year was $1.9 billion off. ...
...repeatedly used Washington, D.C. as a means to distract from his public corruption scandals and the record $25 billion budget hole. Perry is looking to extend his 25-year political career, but Texans do not appreciate it. Back in June, a...
...Perry's $25 billion budget crisis grew tonight as the comptroller he's been trying to muzzle revealed a $4 billion deficit for the previous fiscal year. "On Friday, Perry said he'd launch a national book tour after the election while taking...