The Boehner Spending Surge

By the time he leaves office, John Boehner will have secured a legacy of negotiating immense spending deals.

I wrote a few days ago about how some Republicans were upset because all their work on the budget was being ignored. CNS now reports on what Boehner has accomplished, “Debt Up $3,968,445,855,460.28 Under Boehner’s Spending Deals; $26,627.43 Per Worker.”

Under the spending deals cut by House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio), the federal government’s debt has climbed $3,968,445,855,460.28, according to debt numbers published by the U.S. Treasury.

That works out to an increase in the debt of $26,627.43 per each of the 149,036,000 people who, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, had a full- or part-time job in the United States as of August 2015.

When the first spending deal made by Speaker Boehner took effect on March 4, 2011, the total federal debt was $95,162.43 per the 149,036,000 workers who had jobs as of this August. It now equals $121,789.86 for each of those workers.

The $3,968,445,855,460.28 that the federal debt has increased under spending deals consummated by Boehner during his speakership is more debt than the federal government accumulated during the first 101 Congresses, which ran from 1789 into 1991. 49 House speakers presided over those first 101 Congresses.

The total debt of the federal government first surpassed $3,968,445,855,460.28 (the amount accumulated under Boehner’s spending deals) in June 1992.

This is all pretty ironic when you consider that John Boehner was swept into power by the Tea Party.