debt burden Archive

“Who ARE You People??!?”

By James Schaefer. Outraged by partisan gridlock, corporate CEOs have become central players in the fiscal cliff negotiations -- and the far larger effort to tame the nation's deficits and debt. Friday's Wall Street Journal ("Honeywell CEO in the Middle of Cliff Standoff", Monica Langley, December 14, 2012) gave a behind-closed-doors look at...
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The Bipartisan Debt Machine

By John Lumbard. Below you'll find the text of a speech that Senator Barack Obama gave in the Senate in March of 2006 (you want page S2237, if you'd rather read it there) regarding our debt and deficits---which at the time were growing rapidly under President Bush.  Now they're growing rapidly...
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On Savings and Debt

By James Schaefer. Some years back, at an annual company off-site retreat, a presenter was elaborating on money.  He gave many definitions, then asked us to think of money in a slightly different way.  Rather than thinking of it as a medium of exchange, he asked us to think of money as...
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Another Path To Solvency

By John Lumbard. The legislatures of seventeen states have recently passed a bill calling for a constitutional convention that would be focused solely on the drafting of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.  Each of these bills explicitly states that it will be declared null and void if the Supreme...
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Contagion and Eurosclerosis

By John Lumbard. The debt of Portugal has fallen in value so much that a buyer can now get a yield of 16% on long term, ten year bonds.  Portugal won't have to actually pay 16% until it has to borrow again (most likely when an old bond issue matures and...
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Balanced Budget Amendment Poll

A July poll, conducted by CNN, shows that 74% of Americans are now in favor of a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution.  It wouldn't be surprising to see that the numbers have ticked a bit higher in August, because the debt-ceiling debate revealed that Congress is far from mustering the...
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Balanced Budget Amendment Pros and Cons

In recent weeks there has been a debate in the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal regarding the merits of a balanced-budget amendment, or BBA.  First came an opinion piece by Senators DeMint (SC) and Snowe (Maine) in favor of an amendment (so far this year 48 senators have co-sponsored...
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About That Trust Fund . . .

By James Schaefer Mr. Obama recently stated that he couldn't guarantee that Social Security checks would go out in August if America's debt ceiling weren't raised (Obama's Debt-Ceiling Scare Tactics).   America's taxpayers have paid $2.5 trillion in FICA taxes over the past several decades to create the Social Security trust fund.  It isn't enough...
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn

By John Lumbard.   What does the allegedly-amoral head of the International Monetary fund have to do with budget deficits in the U.S.?  Ever since the fall of 2008 Americans have been losing trust in their leadership and institutions.  The arrest of "DSK" pulls one more pillar out from under the...
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Building a Prosperous Future

By Tim Munsell.   Our National Debt is over $14 Trillion dollars, and growing by $1.5 trillion dollars a year.  That’s $47,500 per second! And the Congressional Budget Office says that unfunded liabilities for future payments of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid add tens of trillions more.  This gigantic debt will have enormous consequences...
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