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How the national debt makes us vulnerable to foreign governments

Published in Blog on July 17, 2017 by Convention Of States Project

Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities fell for the second straight month in May, Yahoo News reported yesterday. The Treasury Department says total foreign holdings dropped 0.5 percent to $6.21 trillion after slipping 0.8 percent to $6.24 trillion in April. 

Why does this matter? Because, as Yahoo explains, our $19.4 trillion national debt is expected to grow, which means our economy is relying on foreigners to invest in Treasury securities. If foreign governments do not begin buying more securities and the debt continues to rise, we could be looking at a financial crisis.

This isn’t a hypothetical, far-off scenario. The concerns here are real, and they require action. 

Unfortunately, the federal government has proven time and again that they are unwilling to take that action. Our reliance on the national debt and our inability to shrink it has left us weak and vulnerable to the actions of foreign governments. There is a solution, but it won’t come from D.C.

Only an Article V Convention of States -- called and controlled by the states -- can propose the necessary constitutional mandates to get our national finances back on track. A Convention of States can propose constitutional amendments that require a balanced budget, limit taxation, and cap spending.

Our federal officials have fallen in love with spending taxpayer dollars in order to secure votes. But their time is running out. The American people have taken matters into their own hands, and they’re doing it via a Convention of States.


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