2/17/2015 – My very simple perspective is this: In round numbers the US government debt increased by about $1,000,000,000,000 ($1 Trillion) in the single year between October 1, 2013 and October 1, 2014. Government revenue plus borrowed money were spent on the military, social security, Medicare and so much more. But that money is gone and producing NO future revenue, unlike debt that purchases a business which generates income to service the debt.
In simple terms, government took real revenue, spent it, and then added more debt each year. Worse, the US owes compounding interest on the larger debt. Each year the US and many other governments pay interest on the loans (caused by deficit spending) from previous years. The total debt increases rapidly – far too rapidly to be repaid without massive inflation. Hence default via debt repudiation or devaluation of purchasing power is inevitable … read more