Al Jazeera has now released the transcript of the full 18 minute Bin Laden tape, rather than the 5-minute edited version we have seen before.
In this expanded version, Bin Laden makes the following claim:
As for the size of the [U.S] economic deficit, it has reached record astronomical numbers estimated to total more than a trillion dollars.The conclusion is clear: budget hawks are traitors. Criticism of the Bush administration for increasing government spending plays straight into the hands of our enemies. Those who continue to make this criticism are aiding Bin Laden and do not deserve to be called Americans.