Federal Debt and the Risk of a Fiscal Crisis

From the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

Over the past few years, U.S. government debt held by the public has grown rapidly—to the point that, com- pared with the total output of the economy, it is now higher than it has ever been except during the period around World War II. The recent increase in debt has been the result of three sets of factors: an imbalance between federal revenues and spending that predates the recession and the recent turmoil in financial markets, sharply lower revenues and elevated spending that derive directly from those economic conditions, and the costs of various federal policies implemented in response to the conditions. Read More (PDF)… [download id=”12″]

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