Things are hot and heavy in Washington in the middle of summer with lots of action on issues affecting the budget and debt. The forecast calls for deficits and debt to rise considerably but the outlook for producing next year’s budget remains unclear. Here’s your fix for the latest developments on the federal budget and national debt.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made it clear in congressional testimony that the national debt is on an unsustainable path that policymakers must address.
The official budget watchdog of Congress issued its latest budget and economic forecast on Thursday, showing deficits and debt growing even higher than previously expected. It also repeated a now familiar warning that high and rising debt will negatively impact the economy, the country, and each of us.
Everybody wants to grow the economy faster, and with good reason. In addition to improving incomes for Americans, more growth will also help fix the debt. However, some politicians are making unrealistic promises about how much growth can be achieved.
We have the official forecast of what the national debt will look like in the years to come if we don’t fix the debt, and it is dire. While the prospect of debt growing indefinitely from already historical highs is cause enough for concern, the outlook is even more daunting when we put the numbers in human terms.
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