Tag: National Debt
An Ocean of Red Ink as Far as the Eye Can See
Visual Capitalist has created an interactive visualization of the publicly-held portion of the U.S. government’s public debt. It covers 150 years, combining historic data from 1900 through 2020 with CBO projections for the next 30 years. You’ll need to follow the link above to take advantage of the interactivity, but here’s the big picture...
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Who Is Paying for President Biden’s Spending?
When President Joe Biden was sworn into office on January 20, 2021, the U.S. government’s total public debt outstanding stood at $20,751.9 billion. The chart below shows who Uncle Sam borrowed all that money from on that date:
National Debt to Nearly Double GDP by 2050
The Congressional Budget Office has finally released its 2020 Long Term Budget Outlook. Delayed for months, the CBO’s budget analysis confirms the coronavirus recession has made the U.S. government’s fiscal situation much worse. How much worse? In its 2019 outlook, the CBO expected the publicly held portion of the debt would hit 144 percent...
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Five Steps for Taming the Federal Spending Beast
The runaway federal spending that has accompanied the coronavirus pandemic will force a reckoning in the “mandatory” portion of the U.S. government’s budget after the pandemic has passed. That’s the assessment of AEI resident fellow James Capretta, who indicates that the reckoning will mean big changes for mandatory entitlement programs whose spending has been...
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Fed Chief Jerome Powell Tells Uncle Sam To Spend More
In the last two months, the U.S. Federal Reserve has underwritten every single dollar borrowed by the U.S. government, and then some, becoming the biggest single lender to the federal government along the way. And now, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has told Uncle Sam to get out there and spend! Reuters has the...
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Coronavirus Relief Blows Up the Federal Budget
The fiscal impact of the federal government’s coronavirus relief measures is likely to be dramatic.
A Growing Mountain of Debt
Long after the pandemic ends, the debt accrued from the government’s response will still be with us.
The Economic Costs of the National Debt and How to Avoid Them
One week ago, noted Stanford University economist John Taylor testified at a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives’ budget committee, whose members are reexamining the economic costs of the national debt. After the hearing, Taylor summarized his remarks and reflected on previous testimony he provided on a related topic back in 2015:
Fed Chief Warns That National Debt Trend Will Choke Economic Growth
Less than two months after acting to bail out the nation’s money markets because of a liquidity crisis that arose from a surge in U.S. government borrowing to fund its spending, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testified before the U.S. Congress that the federal government’s current course of debt-fueled spending is on an “unsustainable...
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How Leviathan Grew in 2019
The U.S. Treasury Department has released its final monthly treasury statement for the federal government’s 2019 fiscal year, including its final accounting for the entire year. It paints a scary picture of how the growth of government spending is behind the government’s resurgent annual budget deficit, which totaled $984 billion for the year, narrowly...
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