from Breakingviews:

U.S. deficit dynamic duo remain uncontested champs

February 20, 2013

By Daniel Indiviglio
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from The Great Debate:

Obama must surprise in State of the Union

By Michael Waldman
February 11, 2013

President Barack Obama stirred with an unexpectedly powerful inaugural address – a second effort that far surpassed his first. He summoned great themes of American history to argue cogently for his second-term agenda. Now he has a chance to deliver a State of the Union address that improves on those of his first term, too.

from The Great Debate UK:

Fiscal cliff deal is depressingly European

January 4, 2013

--Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School. The opinions expressed are his own.--

from The Great Debate:

The fight for a grand bargain

By David M. Walker
November 29, 2012

The Gang of Eight: (Top Row, L to R) Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.), Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) Senator Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) (Second Row, L to R)) Senator Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)  REUTERS/File

from MuniLand:

Is the U.S. growing, or just issuing debt?

By Cate Long
October 27, 2012

The collective output of the U.S. has increased modestly in the most recent quarter, as Reuters reports:

from Breakingviews:

Uncle Sam still living well beyond his means

August 8, 2012

By Martin Hutchinson
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Uncle Sam just can’t seem to stop living beyond his means. While U.S. consumer credit failed to match its June 2008 peak, outstanding debt of domestic U.S. non-financial sectors still stands at nearly 250 percent of GDP, against 232 percent just before the financial crisis hit. While the consumer has deleveraged a bit, business debt is flat and government borrowing has soared. At some point, this just has to end. 

from Tales from the Trail:

U.S. religious leaders urge moral solution to debt talks

July 14, 2011

Don’t balance the U.S. budget on the backs of the poor and sick, religious leaders said, suggesting that their churches’ charity work is already overstretched and social havoc could result if the government’s social safety net is abandoned.

from Tales from the Trail:

Is Rand Paul a U.S. Senate action hero?

February 8, 2011

RTR9KH6_Comp-150x150It didn't take Rand Paul long to become Captain America of the U.S. Senate. He's tough-minded, strong-willed and he's ready to battle the most dangerous titans on the political landscape, like Social Security and Medicare.

from Tales from the Trail:

Peterson Foundation launches OweNo campaign on U.S. debt

November 9, 2010

While the ads are humorous, the subject is serious.

Fictional presidential candidate Hugh Jidette (pronounced huge debt) will soon be making a pitch for more U.S. debt held by foreign countries in television ads that willCALIFORNIA-PROTESTS/ be appearing across the country.

from The Great Debate UK:

What to do about the City’s “Lazy Funds”

By Guest Contributor
November 8, 2010

BRITAIN/By Andrew Kakabadse

--Andrew Kakabadse (www.kakabadse.com) is Professor of  International Management Development at Cranfield School of Management. The opinions expressed are his own.--