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Debt, the video game

Scott Jagow Jun 12, 2009

Do you know what’s going to gobble up our economy? The Giant Pac-Man of debt, according to Ohio Senator George Voinovich:

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Then again, if you look at this chart from the Economist, the US isn’t in the worst shape. The IMF says the debt of the 10 richest countries in the G20 will hit 114% of GDP by 2014. That’s up from 78% in 2007. But Japan has the most work to do by far:

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