April 12, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
America is broke. We Americans have spent the last 15 years borrowing money for consumption instead of investment. Because of our high levels of debt, several prominent economists, including Gerald Celente — who predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union, the housing bubble and the tea parties — and Peter Schiff — who predicted both the NASDAQ bubble and the housing bubble — are predicting a coming collapse that will dwarf the housing bubble.
The national debt is $12.6 trillion. That amounts to $115,500 per taxpayer. Our last deficit was $1.8 trillion. Social Security is spending more money than it is taking in, and Medicare will become insolvent by 2017, if not sooner, because of lower than expected growth.
Private debt levels are twice what they were during the Great Depression, and the American savings rate has been hovering at about 5 percent during much of the last 10 years. The dollar has lost about a third of its value over the last decade. Our national debt will be due in three years, when the Chinese are going to have to decide whether to continue to finance our consumption binge. If your intuitive sense is that there is something fundamentally wrong with such high levels of debt and low levels of savings, then you are right.
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