(International Man)—Contrary to conventional wisdom, higher interest rates mean more inflation in the environment today.
That’s because the federal interest expense increases as interest rates rise. As the federal interest expense rises, so does the budget deficit. As the budget deficit increases, so does the currency debasement needed to finance it. Skyrocketing interest expense will have an enormous impact on the US budget
Even according to the US government’s rosy projections, the interest expense on the federal debt will exceed $1 trillion for the first time in 2024… and it shows no sign of slowing down. On the contrary, it’s growing exponentially.
First, it’s essential to understand the basics of the US federal budget. Let’s zoom out and look at the largest components of the US federal budget from the latest available data in the chart below.
The biggest expenditures for the US government are so-called entitlements. It’s not likely any politician will cut these. On the contrary, I expect them to continue to grow.
With the most precarious geopolitical situation since World War 2, so-called “National Defense” seems unlikely to be cut. Instead, military spending is all but certain to increase. Income Security is a catch-all category for different types of welfare. That’s unlikely to be cut too.