Deficit Hawk – Definition & Explanation

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Deficit Hawk Definition

Deficit hawk is a slang term that advocates a reduction in government spending.

A Little More on What is a Deficit Hawk

Deficit Hawk is often used in a political context to tell the government to limit the federal budget deficit or keep it under control. Deficit Hawks advocate either reduced spending, increased taxes, or both by the government to maintain a balanced federal budget.

Even More of an Explanation of Deficit Hawks

Deficit Hawks tend to proactive in pointing out spending increases or tax revenue decreases that will result in an increase in the federal budget deficit. These individuals watch closely proposed legislation and budget proposals that will have the effect. These individuals often rely on estimates of tax revenue and expenditures prepared by the Congressional Budget Office.

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