Consequences of Debt

Coronavirus is accelerating the already-serious problem of federal debt.  James McBride, Andrew Chatzky, and Anshu Siripurapu at the Council on Foreign Relations: The United States’ debt-to-GDP ratio is among the highest in the developed world. Among other major...

The Best Horse in the Glue Factory

Former Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) at The Hill: The deficit for this year is now projected to exceed $4 trillion. This makes the deficit approximately four times larger then any deficit ever wrung up before. The debt we will owe as a nation will exceed our gross...

Grim Economic Milestones

An April 24 report from CBO: CBO has developed preliminary projections of key economic variables through the end of calendar year 2021, based on information about the economy that was available through yesterday and including the effects of an economic boost from...

Debt Virus

From the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget: The United States entered the current public health and economic crisis facing high levels of debt and trillion-dollar deficits. Due to the effects of the crisis and legislation enacted to combat it, debt and...

Sustainable Budget

Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s testimony before the House Financial Services Committee: The current low interest rate environment also means that it would be important for fiscal policy to help support the economy if it weakens. Putting the federal budget on a...

Debt

Phillip L. Swagel, CBO’s Director: As a result of the persistently large deficits, federal debt held by the public is projected to rise to $31.4 trillion at the end of 2030—an amount equal to 98 percent of GDP. At that point, debt would be higher as a percentage of...