We have a massive, misunderstood debt problem. Income tax receipts are roughly $900 billion a year. Corporate taxes are roughly $200 billion annually. That’s $1.1 trillion in tax revenue. Our current government expenditure is $3.5 trillion. Even if you doubled tax revenue, we would still be facing a $1.3 trillion deficit.
“Wait a minute,” you say. “How can that be? Doesn’t the mainstream media report that our deficit is only around $1 trillion per year right now?” Yes, that’s what they report. But that’s because the government counts all $850 billion of payroll taxes (Medicare and Social Security) as current income. It’s not. Those taxes are supposed to be funding the future liabilities of those programs, but we’re spending all that money now. If a private corporation did the same thing, its executives would all go to jail.