Posts Tagged ‘federal deficit’

Fiscal Discipline?


Monday March 5th, 2012   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 11:50am PST   •   0 Comments

Last week, Moody’s cut Greece’s credit rating to the lowest level on its scale, citing risk of default despite the recent write-off deal. Moody’s said the rating decision was “prompted by the recently announced debt exchange proposals for Greece, which imply expected losses to investors in excess of 70%.” The sovereign debt crisis in…
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Federal Debt Climbs Past Annual GDP


Saturday January 14th, 2012   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 7:54am PST   •   9 Comments

I could not resist posting this beautiful graph of the current state of the momentousness US debt. The graph is particularly useful for eyeballing the historical path of U.S. debt to GDP. Often pundits will say that our current debt-to-GDP ratio is not unreasonable because it is not too high relative to the period…
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The Wrath of Keynes


Wednesday November 16th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 7:45am PST   •   3 Comments

James Buchanan and Richard Wagner begin their book Democracy in Deficit by explaining that prior to the absorption of Keynesian economics, the conventional wisdom of Adam Smith prevailed. Adam Smith had observed that: “What is prudence in the conduct of every private family, can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom.” This…
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Scary Debt Figures


Thursday October 20th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 7:23am PDT   •   0 Comments

The United States will officially pass the 100 percent debt-to-GDP line on Halloween. This is the first time this has ever happened since World War II. As Zero Hedge reports, We decided to dig into the actual numbers (cancelling out the per capital denominator as it is the same on both sides of the…
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Congressional Budget Office Predicts Federal Debt Is Getting Far Worse


Wednesday June 22nd, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 10:19pm PDT   •   0 Comments

In “CBO Releases Daunting Long-Term Outlook,” Tim Fernholz at the National Journal reports that: Increasing federal debt will be a growing burden on government action, crowding out lawmakers’ ability to adopt tax and spending priorities in good times and reducing flexibility during recessions, all while making a fiscal crisis more likely and hindering long-term…
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Jeff Miron’s Advice: Cut Federal Entitlement Spending!


Thursday May 5th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 7:51am PDT   •   12 Comments

In the following video, Independent Institute Research Fellow Jeffery Miron discusses why federal entitlement spending (Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security) is growing to unprecedented levels and must be cut and cut and cut some more if the U.S.’s fiscal spending and debt crisis is to be resolved. HT: Mike Munger

Grasping and Gasping at the Federal Budget’s Trillions and Trillions


Saturday April 16th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 3:10pm PDT   •   1 Comment

In a new article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Grasping budget’s billions and trillions: Incomprehensibly huge numbers mask real burdens,” Independent Institute Research Fellow Emily Skarbek (Director of the Government Cost Calculator) discusses the meaning and absurdity of the $3.8 trillion federal budget and the meaningless reforms being proposed. Taxpayers might have strong feelings about…
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U.S. Government Spends More Than Eight Times Monthly Revenues


Monday April 4th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 10:53pm PDT   •   5 Comments

In “March Madness: U.S. Gov’t Spent More Than Eight Times Its Monthly Revenue,” Terence P. Jeffrey reports at CNSNews.com that the U.S. Department of Treasury has just announced that federal spending for the month of March was more than eight times revenues received. The U.S. Treasury has released a final statement for the month…
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Is America Now More a Nation of Takers than Makers?


Friday April 1st, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 2:11pm PDT   •   4 Comments

In a new article for the Wall Street Journal, “We’ve Become a Nation of Takers, Not Makers,” Stephen Moore discusses that “More Americans work for the government than in manufacturing, farming, fishing, forestry, mining and utilities combined.” If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering…
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Cost of U.S. Military Intervention in Libya: Forbes Says $2 Billion Per Day?


Tuesday March 29th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 8:43pm PDT   •   0 Comments

In the new article, “The Real Cost of U.S. in Libya? Two Billion Dollars Per Day,” Loren Thompson at Forbes now reports that the real cost of Obama’s war in Libya is $2 billion per day! The one thing most experts seem to agree on about the current coalition air campaign in Libya is…
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