Simon Johnson: Is There Too Much Federal Debt?

05/06/2011 08:46 am ET | Updated Jul 06, 2011
  • Simon Johnson The New York Times

In the nation’s latest fiscal mood swing, the mainstream consensus has swung from “we must extend the Bush tax cuts” (in November and December 2010) toward “we must immediately cut the budget deficit.” The prevailing assumption, increasingly heard from both left and right, is that we already have far too much government debt — and any further significant increase is likely to ruin us all.

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