The practical implications of this is bankruptcy for the United States,” Gregg said of the Obama’s administration’s recently released budget blueprint. “There’s no other way around it. If we maintain the proposals that are in this budget over the ten-year period that this budget covers, this country will go bankrupt. People will not buy our debt, our dollar will become devalued. It is a very severe situation.
Admittedly, the President’s own budget predicts that the debt held by the public will rise to around 67% of GDP by 2019, which is the same level it was in 1951. Of course, the U.S. Federal government did not go bankrupt back then either as financial markets saw U.S. fiscal policy as committed to eventually reduce Federal debt. As we eventually exit the current economic crisis, this Administration at least makes the claim that there are also committed to long-run fiscal sanity. What would Senator Gregg suggest – a return to fiscal sanity now ala Hebert Hoover economics.
Of course, the past Administration allowed the debt/GDP ratio to rise each year even when we were near full employment. Funny thing – I did not hear such dire predictions from Senator Gregg when U.S. fiscal policy was clearly irresponsible.