NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The U.S. government is now willing to spend more than $7 trillion to help rescue the economy. That’s about $23,000 for every American, and more than half of U.S. annual gross domestic product.
It’s a staggering and unprecedented amount of money. The last time the government went on a spending spree to cure a crisis was in the late 1980s and 1990s during the savings and loan crisis. But the $160 billion ($237 billion in today’s dollars) it spent then comes nowhere close to what’s being spent now. Read full article