No Wonder I Feel Poorer
According to Standard of Living Committee, more federal taxes were taken from citizens than the growth of personal income. From 2000-2001, GPI grew by $279.5 billion, while federal tax revenues grew by $298.6 billion. The consumer taking on more debt makes up the difference. American consumers' willingness to go deeper into debt to fund housing purchases or borrow equity out of their homes to finance consumption came to the rescue. According to the National Mortgage News, residential originators funded a record breaking $729 billion in home mortgages in 02Q3 and are set to come close to $2.5 trillion in 2002. This surpasses last year’s record of $2.066 trillion.