by Monty Guild with Tony Danaher
By a host of measurements, the dependence of Americans on the largesse of the Federal government is growing at a rapid rate. This dependence is worrisome because it poses two dangers — to American economic stability and to the fabric of civil society. The economic danger has captured the news in the current election cycle, with both candidates trying to show how their respective plans are a way out of the closing debt and deficit trap. Total Federal debt is on course to reach 100 percent of GDP in two years, and historical analysis shows such debt levels as a tipping point at which economic negatives worsen dramatically.