It is easy to see how much tax the nation pays the Federal Government. Simply look at Federal Receipts. Then, we can relate receipts to the GDP and find that Federal Receipts are a very large part of GDP. This can not be good!
But then we can look at Federal Expenditures and see that, for the last 60 years or more, Federal Expenditures are MORE than Federal Receipts. Whoa, the Federal Government is spending more than it receives; the Federal Government must be actually practicing a POSITIVE TAX policy! Yes, the Federal Government is actually a stimulation to the economy, not a drag as would occur if the Federal Government was actually collecting taxes ON THE AVERAGE.
From a mechanical economic standpoint, it seems logical that economist would utilize the positive tax as a measure of monetary stimulation received by an economy. After all, an increased money supply is widely assumed to be stimulative to the economy, whether the result of increased loans from banks or increased spending by government. Rather than speculate on why economist do not make wide use of positive taxation as a stimulus measure, this post will show the resulting chart and add two traces that show stimulus added by bank loans.
|Positive taxation calculated in three ways.
Economist certainly do not agree on what constitutes money supply but here at Dissecting Money, a favorite description of money supply is the Government Provided Money Supply. If we assume that only government and banks can create money supply, we can make an estimate of how much stimulation comes from bank loan activity. Loan activity acts the same as positive taxation toward increasing money supply.
Due to the complexity of bank activities, in this post we will estimate money creation by lending activity in two ways: (1) Directly use the Federal Reserve data series TOTLL and (2) as a check, assume that loans create deposits, which can be hidden with further lending.
The chart red line highlighted with diamond point is the stimulus obtained by adding the change in loan levels to annual Federal expenses. The reader can see that the sum of Federal and Loan stimulus was greater than about 6% annually going into the 2007-8 recession.
The light green line is the check line. To create this line, assume that loans create bank deposits. This is true whether the loan is to government or to non-government entities. Bank deposits from loans need not remain in the bank; deposits are often exchanged for government bonds (or corporate bonds) and thus are recycled into the dynamic money supply where deposits generate GDP activity before again becoming static. To account for these 'hidden' deposits, we add Federal Reserve data series FDHBPIN which is Federal Debt Held By Private Investors, using only the annual change. The annual change in bank deposits is tracked with Federal Reserve data series DPSACBW027BOG. To these two series is added Federal Receipts which are all re-spent.
While lines two and three track well together, they are not a perfect fit which indicates that additional factors, not considered here, are in play.
One additional factor included in the check line (but not in the loan line) is changes in depositor spending habits. For example, during the last 40 years, deposits sourced from loans have become an ever larger portion of bank assets as depositors drew down bank savings accounts.
The technique of calculating a rate of positive taxation results in a chart showing high monetary stimulation for much of the last 40 years. This chart and the line slopes, as related to recession periods, will be the subject of future posts. The relative stimulation from loan activity and government activity will also be discussed in future posts.