Found something - a PDF file that I'm not sure about how to link to.
Below is the link to a Google search, and the pdf file is entitled
"Budget of the United States Government - Historical Tables"
The link below may give the pdf file directly. If not, I guess it can
be truncated to the site.
I haven't read this all, due to and on account of me being a bit
ambivalent over reading very long documents that cover the entire
history of the budget, with header-notes, section notes, and no doubt
footnotes, going all the way back to the first 60 years as a nation
during which time "... cumulative surpluses and deficits yielded a net
surplus of $70 million."
However, this document is very well-written, beginning with
definitions of arcane budgetary terminology, and has interesting data.
Apparently (as I suspected) recent years 1950-1976 have seen the
category of "programmatic mandatory spending" (largely social security
and medicare) double as a percent of GDP to 10.6%. Unemployment was
1.1% of that in 1976, a recession year. Since 1975, it hasn't gotten
There may be estimates of projected funding deficits to programmatic
mandatory spending but it looks like that category may
programmatically sink the nation - not to mention States that are
biting the bullet, perforce.
This is serious stuff guys. Just glancing over the data it doesn't
appear we can grow our way out of it. The nation has grown itself out
of wars, because those end.