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Help motivate and energize people to advocate for sustainable fiscal policies.
Dealing with our long-term debt can give a needed boost to the U.S. economy. Americans must task their newly elected officials with tackling the nation's debt — and hold them accountable for results.
Without policy changes, debt held by the public reaches unsustainable levels.
Recent news stories have highlighted the good news that very near-term deficits are decreasing. That good news, unfortunately, will be short-lived. Though the economy continues its recovery and we have made some progress on deficits, those deficits will begin growing again soon, and major long-term fiscal challenges remain. In fact, in just two short years, by 2016, the federal government’s deficit will begin to rise again, according to CBO.
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The April 2014 Fiscal Confidence Index, Modeled after the Consumer Confidence Index, is 43 (100 is Neutral)
84 Percent of Voters Agree that Addressing the National Debt Should be Among the President and Congress’ Top Three Priorities
New charts for a new year: PGPF has released its updated Chart Pack for January 2015, Selected Charts on the Long-Term Fiscal Challenges of the United States. Download the Pack in PDF format and visit the PGPF Charts Archive to browse all of the Foundation's originally-researched charts, graphs, and tables. (Feel free to use/reproduce, with attribution to "Peter G. Peterson Foundation" along with the pgpf.org hyperlink.)