U.S. government debt will nearly equal the size of the entire economy for first time since World War II, CBO finds - The Washington Post

U.S. government debt will nearly equal the size of the entire economy for first time since World War II, CBO finds – The Washington Post

The CBO projected that the deficit will be the biggest this year as a share of the economy since 1945. And it means absolutely nothing. In fact the government needs to increase the deficit even more if it wants to avoid a massive, potentially decade long, recession. Source: U.S. government debt will … Continue reading U.S. government debt will nearly equal the size of the entire economy for first time since World War II, CBO finds – The Washington Post

Can governments afford the debts they are piling up to stabilise economies?

Can governments afford the debts they are piling up to stabilise economies?

Yes — It poses no inherent danger to states that issue their own currency There are three real reasons. First, a currency-issuing government never needs to borrow its own currency. Second, it can always determine the interest rate on bonds it chooses to sell. Third, government bonds help to shore up the … Continue reading Can governments afford the debts they are piling up to stabilise economies?

How the Government Pulls Coronavirus Relief Money Out of Thin Air - The New York Times

How the Government Pulls Coronavirus Relief Money Out of Thin Air – The New York Times

Once-fringe ideas in economic theory are now nearly official policy as government borrowing surges and the Federal Reserve signals it could buy unlimited debt. “Once the central bank buys them (the bonds), it’s as if the Treasury never issued them in the first place,” said Dr. Kelton, “For all intents and purposes, … Continue reading How the Government Pulls Coronavirus Relief Money Out of Thin Air – The New York Times

Bank of England to directly finance extra government spending

Bank of England to directly finance extra government spending

The UK has become the first country to embrace the monetary financing of government to fund the immediate cost of fighting coronavirus, with the Bank of England to directly finance the state’s spending needs on a temporary basis. The move would allow the government to bypass the bond market until the Covid-19 pandemic … Continue reading Bank of England to directly finance extra government spending

$2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Nullifies “How Will You Pay for It?” Question

$2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Nullifies “How Will You Pay for It?” Question

When all of this is behind us, to the extent that it ever can be, let’s not forget what we’ve learned: Congress knows how to spend money when it wants to. Will be helpful when it comes time to address climate change. Source: $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Nullifies “How Will You Pay … Continue reading $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Nullifies “How Will You Pay for It?” Question

Coronavirus pandemic: politicians, CEOs believe in MMT, Modern Monetary Theory

Coronavirus pandemic: politicians, CEOs believe in MMT, Modern Monetary Theory

The issue of “balancing the books” with taxes or via the issuance of debt is not only an afterthought — it is not even necessary. Our government holds a monopoly to “issue” the currency, it does not merely “use” it like the rest of us. An epochal shift in economic thinking that … Continue reading Coronavirus pandemic: politicians, CEOs believe in MMT, Modern Monetary Theory

Stephanie Kelton: Just Use ‘the Computer’ to Give People More Money

Stephanie Kelton: Just Use ‘the Computer’ to Give People More Money

Congress has all the firepower it needs. It just needs to send spending instructions to the Federal Reserve, as it always does. We can afford to keep the country whole, this article explains why. Source: Opinion | Stephanie Kelton: Just Use ‘the Computer’ to Give People More Money – The New York … Continue reading Stephanie Kelton: Just Use ‘the Computer’ to Give People More Money