But... but.. but Obama is IMPROVING things U.S. Monthly Budget Deficit Balloons to a Record - WSJ.com WASHINGTONEven as government receipts posted a rare increase in February, soaring outlays pushed the country's year-to-date deficit up to a record $651.60 billion. The government's fiscal 2010 year-to-date deficit is up 10.5% from fiscal year 2009. The government in February alone ran its largest ever monthly deficit$221 billion, the U.S. Treasury said in releasing its monthly budget statement Wednesday. The government in February 2009 ran a budget deficit of nearly $194 billion.