5 Reasons to Worry About Soaring Federal Debt

5 Reasons to Worry About Soaring Federal Debt By Chris Edwards The US Treasury reports that the federal budget deficit was $779 billion in fiscal 2018. The deficit is caused by spending in excess of tax revenues and is financed by borrowing from foreign and domestic creditors. Federal spending in 2018 was $4,108 billion, and tax revenues were $3,329 billion, so Congress financed 19 percent of its spending with borrowing. Did taxpayers—who will ultimately bear the burden—really consent to that extra debt-financed spending? It is like Dad leaving the kids some cash…

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