Posts Tagged ‘fiscal crisis’

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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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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Washington: Structurally Unsound


Tuesday September 27th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 5:51am PDT   •   0 Comments

The above video is of security camera footage during last month’s earthquake in Washington, DC. Details here. An apt metaphor for the current state of the United States fiscal situation!

Super-Downgrade Me!


Thursday August 18th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 10:52am PDT   •   1 Comment

Since last summer, the top 3 ratings agencies (S&P, Moody’s, and Fitch Ratings) have made 196 “super-downgrades” on municipal bonds, according to research popularized in today’s Wall Street Journal. Super-downgrades are defined as cuts of at least three grade-letter scores on the traditional scale used by the firms. For example, when the US treasury…
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Regime Uncertainty


Sunday August 14th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 11:19am PDT   •   1 Comment

The market is a yo-yo following the S&P downgrade – investors are searching for stability amid the policy flux created by the current Congress and Administration. Businesses and investors are struggling to create and sustain stable and accurate expectations as to the rules they are likely to face in the future. Steve Horowitz gives…
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Michael Munger on America’s Debt Crisis


Saturday July 23rd, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 5:36am PDT   •   1 Comment

In a speech to the Libertarian Party in Indianapolis, Michael Munger gives three things the government has to do to deal with the debt crisis: 1. Cut defense spending by by at least 15%. More than 15% — even better! 2. Sell US bonds in the Social Security trust fund. Also raise the Social…
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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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Irish Government Raids Private Pensions to Pay for Spending Crisis


Tuesday May 10th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 10:03pm PDT   •   0 Comments

In “Irish Bombshell: Government Raids PRIVATE Pensions to Pay for Spending,” in the Business Insider, Joe Weisenthal and Gregory White report on what some people consider might be an ominous sign for future policies in the U.S. and other countries to address the gigantic spending and debt crisis. The Irish government plans to institute…
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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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