deficit spending


: the spending of public funds raised by borrowing rather than by taxation

Examples of deficit spending in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And yes, this is where the hot-button issue of deficit spending and the debt level come into play. Amy Wagner and Steve Hruby, The Enquirer, 10 May 2024 Dimon has previously spoken out about his fears regarding high levels of US debt, fiscal stimulus and deficit spending, as well as the effects of quantitative tightening. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 8 Apr. 2024 That’s a good thing in the short term, but avoiding worst-case scenarios via hefty deficit spending comes at a cost for future generations, in Spitznagel’s view. Will Daniel, Fortune, 7 Apr. 2024 Higher deficit spending further weakens bondholder confidence. The Editors, National Review, 24 Oct. 2023 Treasurer Hughes presents a new five-year forecast that shows deficit spending on the horizon and the district again enters fiscal caution status. The Enquirer, 25 Mar. 2024 Some also blamed the budget gap on the school board’s decision last year to grant 15 percent pay raises to employees, which county officials had at the time said would significantly increase the district’s deficit spending. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2024 In other words, deficit spending doesn’t boost economic growth as hapless Dems and all-too-many Republicans believe, rather deficits are a consequence of economic growth. John Tamny, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 There is no question that the current deficit spending is not sustainable. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deficit spending was in 1938

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“Deficit spending.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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