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Barack Obama hints at tax rises after US debt bill goes through Senate

US president refuses to rule out tax rises for wealthiest Americans as he signs debt limit bill into law By Ewen MacAskill The Guardian, August 2, 2011 Barack Obama came out fighting in an attempt to undo the damage to his reputation caused by the long-running debt standoff, and pacify Democrats who feel betrayed by the deal that will result in spending cuts totalling trillions of dollars. The president, who turns 50 on Thursday, faces a ... Read more

Reading the Debt Ceiling Tea Leaves to Predict the Future

The Worst is Yet to Come By Jack Rasmus Z Net , July 14, 2011 A few weeks ago in late June it leaked out that Vice-President Biden had secretly agreed with Republicans to $1 trillion in spending cuts in an effort to get them to agree to raise the debt ceiling. That was soon upgraded in rumors to Biden agreeing to $2 trillion. And there was no agreement by Biden from Republicans in exchange for equal tax hikes on the rich and corporations. It ... Read more

US debt deal: how Washington lost the plot

Politicians and the media are obsessing on debt, deficit and cuts, but the real story is a stalled economy and rising unemployment   Dean Baker guardian.co.uk, Monday 1 August 2011 Debt relief? Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell gives a thumbs up when asked if a deal had been agreed. Photograph: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images President Obama and the Republicans in Congress have finally worked out a deal over the debt ceiling. It appears ... Read more

The debt deal: Disaster averted, decline straight ahead

By Matt Miller, Washington Post, July 31, 2011 So this is what we’ve driven the global economy and America’s credit rating to the brink for? This is why Republicans (who voted for the Paul Ryan plan that would add $5 trillion in red ink over the next decade) decided it was vital to not lift the debt ceiling to accommodate their own budget’s outsized debt? Fast Fix – A deal on the debt ceiling is reached, but the economy is far from ... Read more

Debt Deal: Distaster Not Averted

The President Surrenders By PAUL KRUGMAN NY Times July 31, 2011 A deal to raise the federal debt ceiling is in the works. If it goes through, many commentators will declare that disaster was avoided. But they will be wrong. Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times For the deal itself, given the available information, is a disaster, and not just for President Obama and his party. It will damage an already depressed economy; it will probably make ... Read more

Will the Ceiling Fall In? Disastrous Outcomes From an Orchestrated Crisis

By Paul Craig Roberts Counterpunch, July 29, 2011 With the world concerned about US financial credibility and the poor outlook for the US economy, now is not the time for the Republicans to grandstand on the public debt. The debt ceiling needed to be quietly raised.  Instead, the Republicans started a fire and then threw gasoline on it, creating an inferno that could burn up the US social safety net or the US Treasury’s credit rating and the ... Read more

The Forgotten Legacy of the Excess Profits Tax

By Phil Mattera Dirt Diggers, Digest, July 21, 2011 Behind all the ideological posturing going on in Washington over the debt ceiling, there is a surprising amount of consensus on the wrongheaded proposition that corporations need more tax relief. The bipartisan Gang of Six plan that has recently been at the center of attention provides for the reduction of the statutory corporate tax rate from 35 percent down to as low as 23 percent. It ... Read more

The Weird Battle Over the Debt Ceiling

Washington, DC is Exaggerating Debt Issue to Push an Agenda to Please Campaign Contributors and Hide the Real Causes of Debt By Dean Baker Al Jazeera, July 28. 2011 Policy debates in Washington are moving ever further from reality as a small elite is moving to strip benefits that the vast majority need and support. The battle over raising the debt ceiling is playing a central role in this effort. The United States is currently running ... Read more

Where Did the Debt Come From, History of Debt and Debt Ceiling, Bond Rating and Debt

71% of national debt happened during GOP presidencies; 28% under Dem presidents By John Aravosis America’s Blog, July 28, 2011 GOP Presidents     Dem Presidents $9.5 trillion            $3.8 trillion Total debt is $14.3 trillion. $1 trillion of debt comes from before Reagan (NYT doesn’t make clear who created that debt). $13.3 trillion accumulated from Reagan to Obama. 71% of the $13.3 trillion was under GOP presidents. 28% of ... Read more

The 6 Biggest Lies About the U.S. Debt

As Congress nears a vote on the various debt ceiling deals, let’s look at the lies and misinformation that got us into this mess. By Arun Gupta AlterNet, July 28, 2011 There is one simple truth about the discussion of the looming U.S. debt crisis: it is largely a compendium of half-truths, distortions, myths and outright lies. For example, is it true that the U.S. debt is unsustainable, which is spurring the budget-cutting fever? Far ... Read more