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Economic Commentary

Has Someone Already Spent the Future?

As massive budget deficits continue to push the national debt to record levels, Americans have grown increasingly concerned about how lawmakers’ seemingly irresistible urge to spend now and pay later may be compromising the nation’s economic future. Who among us has not wondered how much heavier the burden on our descendants will be because of the government’s refusal to live within its means?

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Suggested Citation

Gokhale, Jagadeesh. 1992. “Has Someone Already Spent the Future?” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary 7/1/1992.