Budget, Debt, and Deficits

Must Read Author: John Cranford

John Cranford of Congressional Quarterly writes that increases to the ceiling on federal debt have become highly partisan affairs. If Republicans are united in their intent to use the debt limit to demand tough spending constraints, then brinkmanship, not compromise, may be the driving force behind this year's Congressional vote.

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Must Read Author: James Bickley

Due to an increasing U.S. Federal government deficit many groups now argue for the institution of a national value-added tax (VAT) to increase government revenue. James M. Bickley of the Congressional Research Service examines the plausibility of enacting such a plan.

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NBER: From Financial Crash to Debt Crisis

Authors: Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff

Newly developed long historical time series on public debt, along with modern data on external debts, allow a deeper analysis of the cycles underlying serial debt and banking crises. The evidence confirms a strong link between banking crises and sovereign default across the economic history of great many countries, advanced and emerging alike

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U.S. Faces Painful Choices to Reduce Debt Burden, Warns New CFR Scorecard

The U.S. debt-to-GDP ratio has nearly grown to the Group of 7 (G7) average, a dramatic increase from 2000 when it was lower than most other G7 countries, according to a new progress report and scorecard from the Council on Foreign Relations Renewing America initiative. At its current rate, the U.S. debt-to-GDP ratio will be higher than all G7 countries except Japan by 2040.

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