Erskine Bowles, President of UNC, and former Wyoming Senator, Alan Simpson, the co-chairmen of President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, are getting political leaders caught up with the obvious reality of the US’ precarious financial state… that the budget deficit is quickly hurtling the nation toward a debt crisis not unlike Greece, but on a much larger scale.
Yet, even with annual interest payments alone already totaling roughly $200 billion, there is little political will to make the kind of cuts necessary to have an impact on the deficit. Policy makers and citizens alike want action to be taken, but the required sense of taking personal responsibility — with fewer public services, higher taxes, or reduced welfare — is still lacking.
This cartoon came to our attention via The Mess That Greenspan Made’s post on the appearance of getting something done.
Rocky Vega is publisher of Agora Financial International, where he advances the growth of Agora Financial publishing enterprises outside of the US. Previously, he was publisher of The Daily Reckoning, and founding publisher of both UrbanTurf and RFID Update -- which he ran from Brazil, Chile, and Puerto Rico -- as well as associate publisher of FierceFinance. Rocky has an honors MS from the Stockholm School of Economics and an honors BA from Harvard University, where he served on the board of directors for Let?s Go Publications, Harvard Student Agencies, and The Harvard Advocate.
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