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EconoMeter: Should U.S. dump debt ceiling?

With Denmark the only other major industrial nation with official cap on what it owes


Sunday, July 31, 2011

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System Answer: Yes Clearly the debt limit is not effective since it can be raised at anytime, albeit with much drama and fanfare. It appears to only be a speed bump along the federal government’s road of ever increasing spending. The debt ceiling does not deter politicians or the president from stopping spending, especially as spending is first obligated and higher debt easily allowed by simply raising it with a vote. If we had a balanced budget amendment as a percentage of GDP, the debt limit would not be needed as revenues would equal expenses and no more borrowing needed