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Watching the Economy by Clint Burdett CMC® FIMC

Five Charts - The Core Arguments In Congress

October 9, 2013

1. Our Federal Debt is higher than it has ever been (about 17 trillion). That is bad.

St Louis FRED graph
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2. As a percentage of our Gross National Product, our debt exceeds a tipping point suggested by Reinhart and Rogoff. That is be really bad (but there is a heated academic debate here)!

St Louis FRED graph
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3. The party in power cannot control its spending coming out of a recession. Obamacare will accelerate our out of control spending and saddle us with more debt.

Take a second look at the pattern (Reagan and Bush 1 1982-1992, and Obama 2008 to date) where spending paid for by borrowing increased to re-ignite GDP growth. The red line is Federal Debt as a percentage of GDP per capita. Are we out of control?

St Louis FRED graph
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4. A minority in Congress, where budgets are written, must force a cut back on high spending by the majority to stop driving up debt, soon after a recession ends with substantial reductions in spending compared to the previous year.

St Louis FRED graph
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5. Yet, our heated political debates with no permanent winners - our system thank you James Madison - continues to work well (as long as we don't default?).

Using per capita, per citizen, comparison, we have increase our citizens' value as a percentage of GDP five fold since 1965 while Federal Debt as a percentage of GDP per citizen has been relatively constant.

St Louis FRED graph
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