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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Taxes had to be raised sharply again in 1864 , when the top rate on income was doubled to 10 percent , while taxes on liquor reached two dollars a gallon , no small sum when it would have sold for about twenty cents a gallon untaxed .
As a percentage of the fast - rising gross national product , however , the debt continued to decline sharply . In 1890 the debt amounted to 8.57 percent of GNP , by 1900 it was only 6.76 percent , and by 1916 , it was a mere 2.54 ...
Then , in the very first years of the twentieth century , the Republican president , Theodore Roosevelt , born to the eastern establishment , moved sharply in the direction of these Progressives , and their influence grew quickly .
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