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Will the war against ISIS create even larger budget deficits?

The aerial war will be extremely expensive and will create even larger budget deficits; it is only a matter of time before the US dollar meets its demise . . .more...

Will politicians continue, or even increase, deficit spending?

'Budget resolution' -- Only in DC could a budget that increases spending by 3.5 percent per year instead of by 5.2 percent per year be attacked as a 'slash-and-burn' plan . . .more...

Why won't politicians curb deficit spending?

Congressional 'omnibus' bill shows main priority remains protecting high levels of military spending, breaking campaign promises to vote against increases in spending and debt . . .more...

How much did the true debt obligations of the US government increase in 2013?

In reality, the government's obligations now exceed $90 trillion, far above the debt-ceiling limit of $16.7 trillion and almost six times the size of the gross domestic product . . .more...

Is the US facing an inevitable national debt and deficit crisis?

Bait and switch? Higher spending than originally planned over the next two years -- thus adding still more to deficits and debt -- with savings backloaded to later years . . .more...

Is the Washington spending deficit crisis slated to get worse?

New 'slow-growth era' could make it harder for companies to improve and also fan social inequality and class tensions on entitlements; tax revenues also likely to fall short . . .more...

Is government debt too great to be paid without devaluing currencies?

Dash for cash -- with Fed creating cash wholesale, the future of the dollar is in question. As the purchasing power of the dollar declines, gold comes to the fore . . .more...

Will the White House refuse to reduce the growth rate of government?

Some in Congress want to give the president, cabinet officials, and high-level bureaucrats authority to set spending priorities, a threat to liberty and limited government . . .more...

Can unilateral executive power usurp congressional limits on government spending?

The White House could simply decide tax and spending laws take precedence over the debt ceiling constraints if they are in conflict, and keep spending money . . .more...

Will growth in government end in chaos?

No brakes on the runaway train. With the way our politicians have taken over and mismanaged vast amounts of resources, collapse of the whole system seems almost unavoidable . . .more...

Is the U.S. in store for Greek-style collapse and chaos?

Our debt in USA has just reached 101% of our Gross Domestic Product -- over $49,000 per person; government needs to be drastically cut -- not in 10 years, but immediately . . .more...

Is unsustainable government debt a foregone conclusion?

Slap in the face: Our GDP continues to contract and now stands at $14.5 trillion. The debt already far exceeds that and will soon hit the new ceiling of $16.39 trillion . . .more...

Will gold be a useful hedge against new European economic stimulus measures?

Gold now more attractive compared to interest-bearing investments; potential that easy-credit policies will increase inflation down the line and devalue paper currencies . . .more...

Does the ending of ''QE2'' signify an end to U.S. economic and debt problems?

CBO projects total level of public debt will reach 101% of GDP by 2021; if so, U.S. could see the greatest relative decline ever in its standard of living in history . . .more...

Will the Deficit-Debt-Dollar wealth devaluation cycle continue for a long time?

The spending spree: In spite of all the rhetoric, we will go deeper in debt, the Fed will print more money, and the value of the dollar will continue to plummet . . .more...

Are countries other than Greece adding to the sovereign debt crisis?

Debt position in AAA-rated France, euro region's second-biggest economy, is no better than in Spain, which is fighting speculation that it may succumb to the debt crisis . . .more...

What do record government spending and deficits portend for the US Dollar and gold?

The federal government posted its largest monthly deficit in history in February, a $223 billion shortfall; much work to do to get the government's finances in balance again . . .more...

Is the U.S. facing a debt-service cost spiral and a bond crisis?

U.S. government debt outstanding has risen to $8.96 trillion from $5.8 trillion at end of 2008; Net interest expense will triple to all-time high of $554 billion in 2015 . . .more...

Are US government spending and budget deficits now totally out of control?

The longer the necessary adjustments are delayed, the greater will be the negative consequences of the mounting debt, the more uncertain individuals and businesses will be . . .more...

What protection is there for the economic outcome of government over-spending?

If the US government can't borrow hundreds of billions of dollars a month, the Fed will be forced to print a massive amount of money to finance the government's deficits . . .more...

Do rising gold and commodity prices suggest future currency and deficit problems?

Investors snapping up hard assets on fears of inflation, weakening paper currencies; S&P GSCI raw materials index rose to highest point since October 2008 . . .more...

Is it now obvious that the U.S. government plans to inflate its way out of debt?

The federal government has doubled its indebtedness -- now standing at an astonishing $13.7 trillion as of November 7th -- in less than a decade . . .more...

Is there any stopping runaway government spending?

Debt is not the way to prosperity...we should be cutting taxes and slashing government spending...the private sector cannot bear the burden of our engorged public sector . . .more...

Are budget deficits growing so much that foreigners could quit purchasing U.S. debt?

Big worry is that yawning U.S. budget deficits will continue to grow so far out of control that foreigners could quit purchasing our debt or demand much higher rates . . .more...

Is the Fed enabling out of control government spending, leading to inflation?

Ron Paul: I am not optimistic that Fed and Treasury decision makers truly understand debt explosion – and what is coming, why it is coming, and how best to deal with it . . .more...

Will astronomical costs of a socialistic government put further weight on the sinking dollar?

Frustratingly, this healthcare bill does not deal at all with the real reasons access to healthcare is a struggle for so many -- the astronomical costs . . .more...

Is U.S. deficit spending out of control?

U.S. government in February spent $211 billion more than it took in, setting a record budget deficit for a month; Geithner says deficit spending is ''unsustainably high'' . . .more...

Will the current trend of deficit spending, weak dollar and strong gold continue?

Astonishing 'stimulus' of $862 billion: Rather than learning the lessons of the past year, the administration is moving full-speed ahead to do even more economic damage . . .more...

Does the present correction in bullion present an opportunity as it relates to projected prices?

It's time to think about positioning in case of global financial contagion; gold looks good again, as it often retains its value when paper currencies decline . . .more...

Why will the government do nothing but guarantee large deficits?

Spending cuts almost never happen in Washington, and they are not likely now or a year from now - if the politicians have anything to say about it . . .more...

Will clearly out-of-control spending dictate chronic multi-billion dollar deficits?

The House passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill, representing annual appropriations increases averaging almost 10%. Treasury reports a $120.3 billion deficit for November . . .more...

Will U.S. National Debt service costs mean high deficits and a devalued dollar?

With the national debt now topping $12 trillion, the White House estimates that the government’s tab for servicing the debt will exceed $700 billion a year in 2019 . . .more...

Will funding record deficits and increasing rates cause falling bond investments?

Treasuries fell for a fourth day today as the U.S. prepared to sell a record $123 billion of notes to fund its stimulus program and record deficits . . .more...

Will there be warnings of the progressively explosive nature of the rising national debt?

Greenspan: Increase in federal debt is the ‘most worrisome aspect of the economic agenda in the United States’ and may become increasingly difficult to finance . . .more...

Will gold benefit from growing concern over the Federal spending agenda?

Gallup polls found that skepticism about government's effectiveness is the highest it's been in decades; public believes that $2 trillion of spending will be wasted this year . . .more...

Will the government increase deficit spending irrespective of public outcry?

CBO said health care bill would add $220 billion to the deficit over 10 years; Democrats and Obama administration claimed the bill actually was deficit-neutral . . .more...

Does the U.S. government have spending and deficits under control?

Federal spending will grow this year by 24 percent, biggest increase since 1952; At the same time, revenue will fall this year by 17 percent, the largest drop since 1932 . . .more...

Is the U.S. entering a fiscal funding crisis?

Office of Management and Budget forecasts the deficit will reach a record $1.841 trillion, more than four times the previous fiscal year’s $459 billion shortfall . . .more...

Are there any limits on government over-spending?

Bureaucrats are discussing where to find funding for extending the “cash-for-clunkers” program, including tapping the government's Troubled Asset Relief Program . . .more...

Does federal deficit spending make dollar assets risky?

The Chinese, holding $801.5 billion of U.S. Treasury debt, worry that soaring U.S. deficits could spark inflation or a sudden drop in the value of the dollar . . .more...

Can Bernanke and the Fed unwind “quantitative easing” without destroying the Dollar?

We’re facing a long and hard recession, and recovery when it comes will be slow, grinding and accompanied by continued high unemployment . . .more...

Will “Health Care Reform” help the U.S. economy and strengthen the dollar?

House bill would increase federal spending, taxes, debt, health care costs, unemployment, reduce wages and provide nothing to anyone until 2013 . . .more...

Have Fed and Treasury actions helped or hurt the economy and health of the dollar?

Geithner’s remarks reflect an economy that’s showing signs of pulling out of its deepest recession in half a century, but with little momentum for a recovery . . .more...

Is yet another U.S. economic crisis now unavoidable?

The next challenge for the U.S. economy: A growing imbalance between federal spending and revenues that makes its underlying fiscal policy unsustainable . . .more...

What are the compelling reasons to own gold in today’s uncertain economic climate?

While the currencies of the world decline in purchasing power in relation to each other, they all decline in purchasing power against gold . . .more...

Will the Fed be able to control deficits, interest rates AND inflation?

Problems with Fed’s pump-priming: The bank lacks tools to unwind monetary stimulus program quickly; politically, it can’t easily tighten credit with 25-year-high unemployment . . .more...

Will world governments cut the real size of their debt through inflation?

The worst global economic storm since the 1930s may be beginning to clear, but another cloud already looms on the financial horizon: massive public debt . . .more...

Is the Fed fooling anyone?

As the federal budget deficit soars into the stratosphere, Geithner is reassuring the Chinese that the Obama administration is serious about restoring fiscal discipline . . .more...

Is there any chance that the deficit spending crisis will be averted?

Instead of devoting the savings from budget cuts to defray record deficits, the White House is funneling them back into other domestic programs . . .more...

Will government use creative accounting to purport a reduction of deficits by spending more?

Democrats say plan cuts 2010 $1.2 trillion annual federal deficit by more than half in five years; Republicans dispute the assertion . . .more...

Can politicians increase taxes to lessen the deficits from massive spending?

Demonstrations scheduled to protest massive new government spending, called Taxed Enough Already, or TEA -- giving name to the Tax Day Tea Parties . . .more...

What are the consequences of Obama's $3.6 trillion overspending plan?

Overall, the president’s budget will double the national debt over the next five years, triple it over the next decade, and raise net taxes by $1.4 trillion . . .more...

Will the Obama over-spending blueprint mean trillions of dollars needed for years to come?

With the stimulus and housing rescue, deficit is likely to be well in excess of $1.5 trillion and possibly as wide as $1.9 trillion, according to private forecasts . . .more...

Will the Obama over-spending blueprint mean trillions of dollars needed for years to come?

With the stimulus and housing rescue, deficit is likely to be well in excess of $1.5 trillion and possibly as wide as $1.9 trillion, according to private forecasts . . .more...

Will Treasury be able to borrow the massive amount of over-spending?

Congressional Budget Office is projecting a fiscal 2009 budget deficit of $1.2 trillion, while Treasury's cash borrowing needs may hit $2.5 trillion this year . . .more...

What should the U.S. deficit be for the foreseeable future?

Huge deficit anticipated in 2009 is in contrast to $455 billion deficit recorded last year and presents an enormous challenge to President-elect Barack Obama . . .more...

How will government claim that enormous stimulus is not mindless spending?

Obama's team needs to figure out steps it can take to build its credibility on fighting deficits in the long run, even as it accepts them in the short run . . .more...

Why does global investor Jim Rogers now advise getting out of dollars and buying silver?

Current rescue plans will force governments to issue more debt, print money and flood markets with liquidity, and will flare up inflation and create worse problems . . .more...

Is there any ceiling on the U.S. Federal Debt?

As part of the Treasury Dept’s “TARP” package to deal with toxic assets in the system, lawmakers approved an increase in the federal debt ceiling to $11.3 trillion . . .more...

Why could over $60 trillion in credit derivatives turn this financial crisis into market mayhem?

The risk of being blamed for plunging the world’s greatest economy into financial ruin is a good incentive for all sides to reach a compromise . . .more...

Did the bounce in the dollar solve the U.S. Trade Deficit problem?

The U.S. deficit in international trade increased by 5.7% to $62.20 billion in July, much bigger than Wall Street expectations and widest since March 2007 . . .more...

Will taxation of the next presidency destroy what is left of the debt ridden economy?

The world now views the US as a chronic borrower, a paper tiger; the only change I see Obama bringing about is higher taxes . . .more...

Will the new housing bill increase the deficit by $100 billion just for Fannie and Freddie?

Figures reported by the companies may overstate the value of their assets significantly; by some calculations each company is around $50 billion in the hole . . .more...

Will bank insolvencies be funded by increased federal deficit spending?

Don't let this phony dollar rally lull you into a false sense of calm; fundamental dollar problems are significantly worse than the media would suggest . . .more...

Is the dollar still plagued by the economy, widening deficits and inflation?

Dollar’s recent gains can't be sustained -- since September, 2000, the dollar has declined more than 44% as inflation accelerated to an annual 5% today . . .more...

How long will a $2 trillion collapse in the banking sector play out?

It is happening in real time -- many smaller banks are going bust already, and even some of the major banks could end up technically insolvent . . .more...

Is there no limit to the Fed’s bailouts of “fragile” Wall Street firms?

The U.S. is pulling out all the stops -- there isn't anything else the Federal Reserve can do but to keep pumping liquidity into the system . . .more...

Would bailouts of Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac put even more pressure on the U.S. Dollar?

S&P: A government bailout of Fannie or Freddie could cost taxpayers $1 trillion and force the agency to lower its rating on the creditworthiness of the United States . . .more...

Would bailouts of Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac put even more pressure on the U.S. Dollar?

S&P: A government bailout of Fannie or Freddie could cost taxpayers $1 trillion and force the agency to lower its rating on the creditworthiness of the United States . . .more...

Would bailouts of Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac put even more pressure on the Dollar?

S&P: A government bailout of Fannie or Freddie could cost taxpayers $1 trillion and force the agency to lower its rating on the creditworthiness of the United States . . .more...

Can the case be made that this a good time to consider owning gold?

Looking ahead, I don't see how the dollar is going to trend (long term) any way but down; the case for holding gold has never been stronger . . .more...

What is the basic reason to own a large amount of gold right now?

Fed has created more and more fiat currency; Over the last 36 years the dollar has lost 80% of its value; since Fed was created, dollar has lost 95% of its purchasing power . . .more...

Will Congress further exacerbate our nation's deficit crisis with their "emergency" spending bills?

The bottom line is that our dollar is falling, the economy is in rough shape, and government spending is wildly out of control . . .more...

What has pressured gold and caused short covering in the dollar/euro?

The idea that the credit crisis is over is the message that firming financials are communicating as media supports that position; it is raving BS . . .more...

Will federal deficits surge from subprime fallout?

Powerful Massachusetts congressman proposing a high-stakes government intervention in the US mortgage market, using up to $400bn in guarantees backed by taxpayers . . .more...

Is the Dollar weak enough to plug the trade deficit?

The U.S. trade deficit widened 5.7 percent to $62.3 billion unexpectedly in February as imports of consumer and other goods set a record and grew faster than exports . . .more...

Will the present financial crisis become the burden of the taxpayer?

Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin: “I would be very, very seriously considering the possibility of using public funds in one form or another . . . “more...

Are congressional spending habits at the root of the economic problems?

A serious spending addiction: While Democrats propose to tax and spend, many Republicans aim to borrow and spend, which hurts the taxpayer just as much in the long run . . .more...

Will record U.S. deficit spending suggest a deepening dollar crisis?

$3.1 trillion federal budget projects deficits this year and next will hit near-record levels . . .more...

Has the U.S.government created unsustainable deficits?

Roubini: We have squandered our surplus, we have run out of fiscal bullets . . .more...

Is the national debt reaching crisis proportions?

As the dollars falls, it is losing its reserve currency status as many . . .more...

Why is the country headed for economic misery?

Like a ticking time bomb, the national debt is an explosion waiting to happen . . .more...

Will the government's ''mortgage fix'' harm its ability to lure foreign capital?

Given the mounting need, it can hardly be considered a good thing . . .more...

Could the devaluing Dollar be volatile in the future?

Improvements in the deficits may provide a respite for the Dollar after it tumbled 12 percent . . .more...

What will happen when the government attempts a bailout in the subprime crisis?

"I don't know how much good the Bush plan will do . . .more...

What happens when foreign banks wake up to the reality of the Dollar?

Money based on real value is the way to get out of the current calamity . . .more...

Is the Fed prepared to drop cash from a helicopter?

The Federal Reserve is providing liquidity to facilitate orderly functioning . . .more...

Will the Democrats in Congress make the Budget Deficits and the National Debt worse?

The immediate effect of the House and Senate budget blueprints for next year . . .more...

What factor is paramount in the ultimate demise of the dollar and the explosive gold market?

There is no escape from the explosion of the Federal Budget deficit . . .more...

Will the real estate subprime lending debacle reverse support for the Dollar?

The deepest housing decline in 16 years could slow an inflow of global capital . . .more...

How massive is the trade deficit problem, suggesting further dollar devaluation?

The U.S. trade deficit widened more than expected in December and grew 6.5 per cent during . . .more...

Is anyone in Congress NOT hiding the Fed's devaluation of savings and purchasing power?

The dollar loses value as the direct result of the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury increasing...more...

Will the government curb its deficit spending?

The deficit for the current 2007 budget year is expected to resume rising . . .more...

Does the govenment's head accountant see a finacial crisis looming?

Public needs to tell Washington it's time to steer the nation off the path to financial ruin . . .more...

Will the Dollar be under pressure this year because of trade deficits?

The U.S. trade deficit widened more than forecast in July to a record $68 billion as imports reachedmore...

Why does the debt crisis mean more inflation, and why hold gold and silver now?

Russell advice -- Hold on to your gold and silver . . .more...

Will Congress release the REAL deficit figures despite how it would damage the Dollar?

Congress has written its own accounting rules which would be illegal for a corporation to use . . .more...

How will the government cover up trade deficits that skyrocketed to 7% of the national output?

Quarles questioned why there seemed to be "distress" over the country's financial condition . . .more...

Will the government fix its spending crisis or are deficits actually getting worse?

Government spending hit an all-time high for a single month in March, pushing the budget deficit...more...

Is the U.S. deficit crisis temporary?

Federal spending is outstripping economic growth at a rate unseen in more than half a century . . .more...

Are the fundamental reasons for U.S. Dollar weakness getting worse?

The US trade deficit widened to a record $68.5bn in January, with exporters unable to . . .more...

Is government spending out of control?

Federal spending has grown twice as fast under Bush than Clinton, averaging 6 and 7% . . .more...

Will we see Stagflation?

Here's the worry: Persistent deficits will lead to higher borrowing costs for . . .more...

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