09/19/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Warren Buffett's NYT Op-Ed: Federal Debt Poses A Serious Risk To Economy

IN nature, every action has consequences, a phenomenon called the butterfly effect. These consequences, moreover, are not necessarily proportional. For example, doubling the carbon dioxide we belch into the atmosphere may far more than double the subsequent problems for society. Realizing this, the world properly worries about greenhouse emissions.

The butterfly effect reaches into the financial world as well. Here, the United States is spewing a potentially damaging substance into our economy greenback emissions.