America's National Debt: Examining the Facts

Thomas Arndtauthor

Thomas Arndt, PhD, is adjunct professor in the department of political science at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

America's National Debt: Examining the Facts



Pages 208
Topics (TARP);Troubled Asset Relief Program;Tax Policy;Social Welfare Policy;Social Security;Social Programs;Partisan Polarization;National Security;National Debt;Guns v. Butter Debate;Government Shutdowns;Debt Ceilings;COVID-19 Pandemic;CBO Scores;Budgetary Process;Budget Surpluses;Budget Deficits;Balanced Budget Amendment

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America's National Debt: Examining the Facts

Author(s): Arndt, Thomas;
Contributors: Arndt, Thomas;

This vital resource is devoted to providing nonpartisan, objective analysis of the national debt, including leading drivers of the debt, the budgetary process, and claims and counter-claims about national debt benefits and drawbacks.

This indispensable resource provides readers with a clear and unbiased understanding of the national debt and its relationship to the U.S. economic system. The book addresses the foundations and major elements of America's budgetary process, details how government taxing and spending priorities impact the nation's debt, explains the difference between deficits and debt, and summarizes dominant conservative and liberal economic perspectives on the national debt and related fiscal issues.

Utilizing authoritative resources and accessible, lay-friendly terminology, this book punctures popular myths and misconceptions about the national debt. But it also shines a light on the numerous economic, social, and political drivers of our national conversation about the debt—and the ways in which the national debt is likely to influence the lives of future generations of Americans. At a time when American political discourse often descends into fact-free zones of wishful thinking and deceptive claims, this book provides information for readers to truly understand the national debt.

  • Addresses beliefs and claims regarding the national debt in an easy-to-navigate question-and-answer format</li>

  • Draws from empirical research in a variety of scholarly fields and presents those findings in a single, lay-friendly location to aid understanding of complex issues related to fiscal policy and federal budgets.</li>

  • Provides readers with leads to conduct further research in extensive Further Reading sections for each entry</li>

  • Examines claims made by individuals and groups of all political backgrounds and ideologies</li>


SortTitle: america's national debt: examining the facts
Keyword(s): (TARP); Troubled Asset Relief Program; Tax Policy; Social Welfare Policy; Social Security; Social Programs; Partisan Polarization; National Security; National Debt; Guns v. Butter Debate; Government Shutdowns; Debt Ceilings; COVID-19 Pandemic; CBO Scores; Budgetary Process; Budget Surpluses; Budget Deficits; Balanced Budget Amendment
Author Info:
Thomas Arndtauthor

Thomas Arndt, PhD, is adjunct professor in the department of political science at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

eISBN-13: 9781440877001
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Print ISBN-13: 9781440876998
Imprint: ABC-CLIO
Pages: 208
Publication Date: 20221031
Series: Contemporary Debates