Hamilton's Blessing: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Our National Debt
Penguin Books, 1998 - 220 psl.
Measured at the staggering amount of $5.1 trillion (and growing every day) the national debt is unfathomable to most Americans. What we may not realize is that the United States was born out of debt. After the Revolution, the brilliant Alexander Hamilton was less interested in paying down the Revolutionary war debt than in using it to create a vibrant national economy. If it is not excessive, he declared, a national debt will be to us a national blessing.In a fascinating narrative brimming with colorful characters, historical accidents, and American ingenuity, business historian John Steele Gordon leads us on a tour of an American institution whose largely unknown story has been integrally entwined with our country's destiny. At key points in U.S. history, Gordon shows how the national debt has been a potent instrument of fiscal policy in keeping the world safe for democracy.But how much debt is too much? At a time when we despair of balancing even a single year's budget, Hamilton's Blessing provides much needed perspective -- and hope.
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The budget deficit , therefore , amounted to fully 38 percent of revenues . The next year , however , sharply reducing expenses while enjoying increased tax receipts , the government showed its first budget surplus .
The federal government , in contrast , raised fully 21 percent of its total revenues by taxation during the war , netting about $ 750 million ... Obviously the old tax system that had relied on the tariff for revenue would not suffice .
For instance , as early as 1798 , when federal revenues for that year are officially given as $ 7,900,000 and outlays as $ 7,677,000 , one would think that the surplus would have been $ 223,000 . But it is given as $ 224,000 .
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