U.S. Debt Compared to Other Nations, Topic Few Discuss, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

CNNmone7.8.2019ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsThere are those who say that the growing federal debt is a threat to the economy.  They point a finger at President Trump, the GOP, and the tax cuts of 2017. In fairness, many of those same finger-pointers were mute when the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats added roughly an amount of debt that equaled all of his 43 predecessors combined.  That factual balance noted, on a day when the markets slid ahead of the Federal Reserve and other market movers, we’ll look at how the U.S. debt stacks up compared to other nations around the world, pondering its impact.

 

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The last time there was a balanced budget with a surplus was during the waning time of the Clinton Administration when Newt Gingrich and Republicans struck a bargain with Bill Clinton and Democrats. It was one of those items that arguably caused Clinton to proclaim that the era of big government was over.

But ‘compassionate conservativism,’ Medicare Part D, and the Middle Eastern wars that began during the Bush 43 Administration sent the debt rising anew.  That was accelerated by President Barack H. Obama, who campaigned on the notion that the Bush debt and deficits was immoral.  That talk was forgotten after the 44th president set the historic record for adding to the national debt.

The pace by the Trump Administration is rivaling that of his predecessor. Some wring their hands and say that no one in Washington cares about deficits and debts anymore.  That’s not quite so, but certainly concern has taken a back seat to other issues among lawmakers.

In fairness to team Trump and the GOP, if Democratic plans – such as the Green New Deal, or Medicare for all – ever became law, estimates on the costs for those proposals would make the current deficits look tame.

Visual Capitalist’s infographic below is – while new – a bit outdated on the amount of the U.S. debt, and presumably that of other nations. Nevertheless, it reflects at a glance how the United States stacks up against other countries on the issue of governmental debt. Nearly 1/3rd of all government debt in the world is American debt.

 

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So, whichever major party one is listening to, this is a topic that has eluded resolution by either major party thus far in the 21st Century.

Among the concerns that the rising debt should have is that as interest rates rise, and the debt goes up, the cost of debt service as a share of the national budget grows.

What the compromises between Clinton-Gingrich in the late 1990s achieved that resulted in a modest U.S. budget surplus demonstrated is that the federal government can live within its means. There are paths to accomplishing that again. It is a subject that isn’t a crisis, but it is a concern.  But don’t let a politico convince you that as they blast the 45th president for the rising debt, that it means that they will control it. A close look at most policy proposals by 2020 Democratic hopefuls is packed with ‘free stuff’ that would have to be paid by taxpayers.  ‘Free’ is often code for increased federal borrowing. All borrowing has its limits.

TANSTAFL.  There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.

Someone always pays. That ‘someone’ has often been the middle class taxpayer, as even Bernie Sanders admitted in the Democratic presidential debates in Miami that middle class taxes would rise if Medicare for all became law. He didn’t say it, but it is obvious that the same would occur if the Green New Deal or other proposals become law.  As investors have learned, government policies and intervention, for good or ill, has been a driver of the profitability, or the lack thereof of by private companies.

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NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).

 

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Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.

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