The Real Danger of Debt
The United States is deep in the red — and doesn’t have the political tools to get out.
BY RICHARD A. POSNER | FOREIGN POLICY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010
In 2000, the United States had a balanced federal budget. Today, America has a deficit problem that threatens the country’s future. It is compounded by former President George W. Bush’s fiscal recklessness, the economic crisis that began with September 2008’s financial collapse, President Barack Obama’s spending ambitions, and the mysterious ability of the weakened Republican Party to create political deadlock in Congress.