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US Debt as a % of GDP – who is responsible?

US debt 1940-2012
A hat tip to colleague David Parr for this great graphic. It shows which administrations have been America’s biggest borrowers from 1940-2012. What is interesting to note is the level of borrowing during recessions – grey columns. During the 1970’s there was very little borrowing as the policy of the day was to reduce the inflationary pressure and cut the money supply. Compare that with 2002 onwards and you will see an increase in debt to get out of the recessionary periods. Click the link below to go to the enlarged image.

US Debt as a % of GDP

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