Running on Empty: How the Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Peter G. Peterson

Running on Empty: How the Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It

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Publication date: August 2004
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When Bush came to office in 2001, the 10-year budget balance was officially projected to be at a surplus of $5.6 trillion. But after three big tax cuts, the bursting of the stock-market bubble, and the devastating effects of 9/11on the economy, the surplus has evaporated, and the deficit is expected to grow to $ 5-trillion over the next decade. The domestic deficit is only the half of it. Given our $500 billion trade deficit and our anemic savings rate, we depend on an unprecedented $2 billion of foreign capital every working day. If foreign confidence were to wane, this could lead to the dreaded hard landing.

Peter G. Peterson--a lifelong Republican, chairman of the Blackstone Group, and former secretary of commerce under Nixon--shatters the myths with hard facts and a harrowing view of the twin deficit's real impact. Republicans and Democrats alike have mortgaged America's future through reckless tax cuts, out-of-control spending and Enron-style accounting in Congress. And the situation will only get worse as the Baby Boom generation begins to retire, making unprecedented demands on entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. Despite what Bush says, we are on a path that could end in economic meltdown, and we simply cannot grow out of the deficit.

In Running On Empty, Peterson sounds the warning bell and prescribes a set of detailed solutions which, if implemented early, will prevent the need for draconian measures later. He takes us behind the politicians' smoke-and-mirror games, and forcefully explains what we must do to rescue the future of our country.
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Running on Empty: How the Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Peter G. Peterson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, August 2004
ISBN: 9780374704919
EAN:  9780374704919
ePub (Adobe DRM)
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Running on Empty: How the Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Peter G. Peterson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, August 2004
ISBN: 9780374704919
EAN:  2370004197036
ePub (Adobe DRM)
eBook price: $9.99
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