The government’s cash balance dips sharply again

The cash balance in the governments account dropped sharply on Wednesday. It started the day with $94.629 billion, had revenues of only $16.310 billion and expenditures of $42.6226 billion, ending the day with $68.332 billion.

This graph shows the steady decline in the cash balance over the past year.

In May of last year, the balance was close to $800 billion and kept steadily dropping with just a few upticks until it reached the current value, which is less than one-tenth of the starting value.


  1. sonofrojblake says

    I understand the reason for commenting on this once or twice, but are regular updates really necessary?

  2. Holms says

    “Big line between sufficient and excessive comments on the US budget for some, apparently.”

  3. John Morales says

    Stupid of you, Holms.

    Mano posts as a hobby, and as a favour to readers.

    None of his posts are “necessary”, though this one is topical given the deadline is June 1.

    And again: to whinge about the content is boorish, given that it’s free for us readers and entirely volitional on our part.


  4. Holms says

    According to your previous forum, commenting on something indicates that thing is a ‘big’ thing. So, everything you comment on, per your own thinking, is big.

  5. sonofrojblake says

    I’m not whinging about the (free) content. I’m observing that in a blog that usually ranges across a multitude of interesting subjects, there’ve been four updates in three days on this one story. The first had some actual content, but the next three amounted to “that number I mentioned has changed again”, with no further comment. I’m curious to know if there will be daily updates on this blog going forward, and what purpose that might be imagined to serve given that the information is available elsewhere. It seems an odd pivot, don’t you think?

  6. Silentbob says

    @ sonofrojblake

    Perhaps you could submit a list of approved subjects so Mano knows what he’s allowed to write about on his personal blog.

  7. billseymour says

    I totally agree with John Morales @4:  just because a post exists, that doesn’t mean that you have to read it.

    In my case, it’s often the comment section that becomes tl:dr when the usual two or three participants start scratching each others’ eyes out and pulling each others’ hair.

  8. Mano Singham says

    I always find it amusing when people tell me what I should or should not be posting about. That is quite different from people sending me links and information that they think I might find interesting, which I appreciate even if I do not always post about them.

    I post as my whimsy takes me. I post about things that interest ME. If readers find it interesting too, that’s fine. If not, too bad.

  9. Pierce R. Butler says

    I hope our esteemed host has a suitable sound effect ready for when that jagged little line reaches zero.

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