Now that the election is over, it is time to get down to business. As in, passing a federal budget, setting tax rates, setting a fiscal policy for the next few years, and addressing the long-term Medicare/healthcare cost problem that is not going away by itself. Before the election, there was a good collection of charts in a previous mcrain post in the "All Things Mitt" thread, but, I'm not sure how to drag all those references over here. Here is the pointer: http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=15891682&postcount=309 There are other things to think about also. For example, the Debt-to-GDP ratio was worse post WWII, and yet, was mostly paid off by 15 years later. There is also a lot of concern about the private debt to gdp ratio. Starting with how to define it, and, what to worry about: http://www.businessinsider.com/2009/2/us-debt-levels-are-fine-debt-to-gdp-chart-is-wrong-and-meaningless In the end, the U.S. needs a policy and a budget.