Fiscal Cliff Primer: Is Social Security A Driver Of Long-Term Deficits? 11/14/2012 03:16 pm ET 640 Jason Linkins Editor, Eat the Press Zach Carter Senior Political Economy Reporter No. Also on HuffPost: What The GOP Doesn't Want You To Know About The Deficit What The GOP Doesn't Want You To Know About The Deficit 1 of 11 The Deficit Has Grown Mostly Because Of The Recession The deficit has ballooned not because of specific spending measures, but because of the recession. The deficit more than doubled between 2008 and 2009, as the economy was in free fall, since laid-off workers paid less in taxes and needed more benefits. The deficit then shrank in 2010 and 2011. Share this slide: AP More: Deficit Eat The Press Social Security Debt Fiscal Cliff FOLLOW POLITICS facebook twitter Suggest a correction GET THE NEWSLETTER Enter your email address to get top stories and blog posts emailed to you each day. CONVERSATIONS FOLLOW HUFFPOST HuffPost Politics HuffPost Politics HuffingtonPost Available on the App Store Android App on Google Play Get it at Blackberry App World HUFFPOST NEWSLETTERS Enter your email address to get top stories and blog posts emailed to you each day. Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. Learn More.