Should the US scrap the debt ceiling?
Australia just did, and it's doing fine. Mature countries know when to walk away from a fight.
Debt ceiling fights, it seems, have become a permanent fixture in American politics.
Twice in the last couple of years, the United States has been days away from potentially irrevocable economic damage because Congress refused to raise the ceiling and let the Treasury issue more debt. The next fight is slated for March 2014.
The federal government will be able to borrow as much money as it wants after Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey cut a deal with the Greens to dispense with the debt ceiling completely. . .
It means the government will not have to ask the Parliament for permission whenever it wants to borrow money above a certain limit. [Sydney Morning Herald]
Right now interest rates are very low by historical standards, even after adjusting for inflation. This means that the government is not producing sufficient debt to satisfy the market demand. The main reason for that is the debt ceiling.
So the sustainability of your debt is dependent on the size of the economy, and the size of your debt is much more meaningful if it is expressed in terms of the amount of activity taking place in the economy (GDP).
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can’t pay its own bills. ... I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”
— Sen. Barack Obama, March 16, 2006
Did that change AFTER '57 States' raised the debt 7 trillion more? We should just BAN deficit spending.
How do these idiots get their jobs writing these stupid articles?
"So should the current debt ceiling be replaced by a ceiling expressed as a percentage of GDP?"
Why can't we stop spending more than we bring in? What would you do if your kids keep buying new skiis and new iphones with your credit card? Do you keep raising the credit limit or do you tell your kids to cut back?
Aziz.... clearly you were not thinking when you wrote this. One can only shake their head at the lunacy of letting Washington spend all they want. So as all the news reports say that the influence and power of America is falling world wide because of crushing entitlement costs and failure to provide a long term budget, you think the idea brilliant. Amazing.
I guess the really young, those under 18 didn't ask to birthed by the worst generations. They are the ones that are really getting hosed and don't deserve parents, grandparents or a government so sorry.
Now as for the Canada comment, what the stupid MSN article fails to mention is they balance their budgets, deport instantly ALL illegals (most to Papua New Guinea) and the entire Ausie culture despises "the dole" and those that spend their lives on it. And finally, they have exploited their energy reserves for their benefit being the biggest exporter of coal to China, unlike our retarded government.
Yeah, you can get rid of a debt limit when you don't have one. Stupid article, but at least consistent in that it panders to what those with their hands held out want to hear. Gimme my Bama dollars! Right?
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Yea, this article is ridiculous and it’s unfortunate so many people think this way! The idea that you can continue on with our failing fiscal policy without change until it completely falls apart. How can we even elect these “so called” leaders when they have a complete lack of foresight!
The current system does not work, and stopped working decades ago. It’s past time, the amount of money the US spends is taken out of the hands of Congress, the Senate and president. Completely taken out of their hands! This function truly belongs in the hands of a few elected economist and accountants; one term so there is no playing for votes. Once the amount is set, our elected officials can plan out how it will be spent. So they are working on a budget based on percentages well before they are shown the amount.
You take the credit card out of their hands because they are incompetent with money, just like a little kid. You don’t give someone a credit card when they repeatedly prove they lack the financial skills.
MSN money should be embarrassed to post articles like this... no common sense!
We will never BAN deficit Spending. Proof, Reagan Triple the Debt, Bush Doubled the Debt, and Obama is on Pace to do the same as Bush. This is all leading to one World Currency and One World Government.
Apparently MG stills thinks there are 57 States. While MG is BS about something that won't change until after the Epic Global Collapse, China is using those same phoney Fiat Dollars to become the next Superpower. The Gig is up, now it's about who's smart enough to take advantage before the Real Downfall begins. So far, that has been China while we can't get out of our own way.
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