OverviewThis page is a portal for articles and information about various aspects of the United States economy, including:
- The various ways in which the government allocates and spends money and incurs debt
- Various economic indicators
- Certain kinds of unavoidable expenses which can be improved or worsened by government regulation
- Anything else that seems related
- budget deficit: the amount of money which the United States must borrow in order to meet the federal budget; such borrowing increases the public debt. Opposite of budget surplus.
- budget surplus: the amount of money left over in the federal budget after everything has been allocated. This money can be used to pay off the public debt. (Note: not sure if it automatically does this, or if there are other things that can be done with it.) Opposite of budget deficit.
- public debt: the amount of money owed by the United States federal government to creditors who hold US Debt Instruments. This does not include the money owed by states, corporations, or individuals, nor does it include the money owed to Social Security beneficiaries in the future. Common synonyms include: national debt, gross federal debt, U.S. government debt Creditors charge interest on the public debt, so it increases each year unless there is a budget surplus sufficient to (at least) pay off that year's interest.
- external debt: that portion of the debt of all sectors of the economy (public and private) which is owed to foreigners. Foreign ownership of the public debt is a significant part of the United States's external debt.
A budget deficit increases the public debt; a budget surplus can decrease it, but only if there is still some left over after paying off that year's interest.
- The Debt To the Penny (currently $8 trillion) from the Bureau of the Public Debt
- graph of the US budget deficit/surplus, 1961-present
- Historical Income Tables - Households 1967-2001: divides income levels into 5 groups, adds in another column for the top 5%, and shows the percentage of the total pie each income range is receiving
- 2007 mortgage financial crisis:
- Subprime lending was either the straw that broke the camel's back or perhaps just the economic warning canary
 Filed Links
- 2014-06-11 [L..T] U.S. Budget Deficit Narrows as Economy, Jobs Boost Revenue "The U.S. posted a $130 billion budget deficit in May and the smallest shortfall for the first eight months of a fiscal year since 2008, as a stronger economy and rising employment bolster revenue."
- 2014-04-23 [L..T] The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest "While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades."
- 2014-03-21 [L..T] Out of Work, Out of Luck "The nearly 5-year-old economic recovery has so far been too weak to put many of the recession’s victims back to work. And there is mounting evidence that even if the economy accelerated now, it would be too late: Many if not most of the 3.8 million Americans who have been out of work for more than six months will never again hold steady jobs."
- 2013-12-30 [L..T] For Economic Stability, Follow the French "The lie is that raising income taxes on rich people and hugely profitable companies hurts economies and even leads to unemployment. The truth is that raising income taxes on rich people and hugely profitable companies actually helps economies and causes companies to hire more and more people, thus lowering unemployment."
- 2013-09-17 [L..T] The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation? "The authors examine how susceptible jobs are to computerisation, by implementing a novel methodology to estimate the probability of computerisation for 702 detailed occupations, using a Gaussian process classifier. Based on these estimates, they examine expected impacts of future computerisation on US labour market outcomes, with the primary objective of analysing the number of jobs at risk and the relationship between an occupation’s probability of computerisation, wages and educational attainment. According to their estimates, about 47 per cent of total US employment is at risk. They further provide evidence that wages and educational attainment exhibit a strong negative relationship with an occupation’s probability of computerisation."
- 2012-12-29 [L..T] Chris Hedges Explains How Entire Regions Within the US Are Treated Like Exploited Colonies a recent interview conducted with Chris Hedges surrounding his latest book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.
- 2011-07-24 [L..T] JP Morgan Tells Investors Why Middle Class Americans Are Screwed Why are your Republican friends aggravated? They aren’t getting paid their fair share of the national GDP and economic growth and they are paying an increased burden of the taxation in this country. Think about this, as you work harder for a company and productivity increases, you’re not seeing your share of the profits you helped the company earn.
- 2011-07-14 [L..T] What Everyone Is Missing in the Debt Ceiling Debate
- 2011-07-13 [L..T] 5 Disastrous Consequences Of A Debt Ceiling Meltdown 1. Fed gov will have to cut back payments for services. 2. ...which will cause "real people" to be hurt. 3. ...which will hurt the economy. 4. ...and raise interest rates significantly. 5. It will actually increase the deficit more than would raising the debt ceiling in a timely manner -- assuming the ceiling is eventually lifted.
- 2011-07-12 [L..T] Effort in Senate to Close Offshore Tax Havens
- 2011-07-10 [L..T] No, We Can’t? Or Won’t?
- 2011-06-01 [L..T] Overworked America: 12 Charts That Will Make Your Blood Boil "Why "efficiency" and "productivity" really mean more profits for corporations and less sanity for you."
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- 2006-12 Wealth, Income, and Power: some data about wealth and income distributions; debunks the idea that highly-paid CEOs are merely getting the price set by a fair market competing for their services
- 2006-09-19 THE LOW POST: Your Tax Dollars at Work by Matt Taibbi
 the economy vs. the majority party
- 2006-03-21 Are Republicans or Democrats Better for the Stock Market? by Jeremy Siegel, Ph.D.
- 2004-01-22 Surprise: Dems are better for rallies by Alexandra Twin, CNN/Money Staff Writer: "Despite 'market friendly' Republican policies, stocks rise more and volatility dips under Democrats."
 News & Views
- 2007-12-21 video Death Of The Dollar: Paul Craig Roberts and others discuss the ill health and possible demise of the dollar.
- 2007-10-20 At the Edge of a Nightmare Scenario: SIVs Pose Risks for Money-Market Funds by Robert Wallach: "The financial world has never experienced a 'bank run' on the entire money market industry, but with markets in general spooked and even WSJ stating that it is impossible to determine how much exposure a money market fund has to SIV problems, delicate is by no means an overstatement of the current situation."
- 2007-10-19 Dow Closes Down 366 Points; All Major US Indexes Down More Than 2%, on the 20th anniversary of Black Monday, no less
- 2007-10-01 Wall Street Rallies Into Record Territory: "Stock markets rallied into record territory today as investors bought back into the banking and housing sectors, a sign that Wall Street could see an end to the summerâ€™s subprime housing woes and a lower risk of recession."
- 2007-09-29 35K state workers get layoff notices: "Thirty-five thousand state workers were told to stay home from work Monday as Michigan's budget crisis intensified and a partial government shutdown loomed ever closer."
- 2007-09-28 US headed for housing depression: "American homebuilders are now holding more than 8 months supply of built but unsold houses on their books (and remember these are new and completed new homes: the figures for existing homes will be out in the next day or so)."
- 2007-09-07 Are The Banks In Trouble? by Mike Whitney
- The day the stock markets saw red: increasingly bad signs in the US markets are an echo of global economic trouble. "In the US, it was the worst week for the stock market in nearly five years, the S&P 500 index dropping almost 5 per cent." – although to read CNN, you'd never know it.
- Flippers fuel foreclosures: "Real estate speculators drove prices up in some of the hottest markets during the boom. Now they're making foreclosures jump."
- 2007-08-14 Helicopter Ben Releases Dollar Hyperinflation by Webster Tarpley
- 2007-08-10 Markets dragged down by credit crisis: "Global stock markets fell today, in a mass sell-off stemming from the subprime mortgage financial crisis in the United States."
- 2007-08-08 American Home Mortgage Gets Bankruptcy Court OK: "Fundamentally, it is a wasting asset. It's diminishing over time. This asset is shrinking as each day goes by. We're asking to be able to sell this business in short order," said James Patton, an attorney with the law firm of Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, which is representing bankrupt American Home Mortgage.
- 2007-07-31 Global credit crisis fuels stock market turmoil
- 2007-07-30 U.S. foreclosures rise 58 percent in first half of 2007, data firm reports
- 2006-03-03 Current Budget Projections (Congressional Budget Office): HTML PDF
- 2005-10-14 US budget deficit shrinks in 2005: "Despite falling from 2004's record $412bn figure, the federal deficit for the fiscal year ending last month was still the third highest on record."
- 2004-12 The US Budget Deficit: On an Unsustainable Path (most of article is in PDF form)
- 2004-10-14 U.S. budget deficit expands to $412.5 billion
- 2004-02-02 Does the US budget deficit matter? (analysis by Steve Schifferes, BBC News Online economics reporter)