USA Inc.

A Basic Summary of America's Financial Statements

Imagine for a moment that the United States government is a public corporation. Imagine that its management structure, fiscal performance, and budget are all up for review. Now imagine that you’re a shareholder in USA Inc. How do you feel about your investment?

Because 45% of us own shares in publicly traded companies, nearly half the country expects quarterly updates on our investments. But although 100% of us are stakeholders in the United ... Full Story »

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by Fabrice Florin - Feb. 26, 2011

This 400+ page report looks at the federal government as if it were a business, with an in-depth examination of USA Inc.’s income statement and balance sheet. By focusing on financial data and verifiable facts, it helps inform the debate about America’s economic crisis and outlook. Mary Meeker is a respected thought leader in this field, and this report involved a variety of individuals from across party lines: Al Gore, Meg Whitman, Peter Orszag, George P. Shultz, Paul Volcker, Michael Bloomberg, etc.

I have only begun to read this report, and am learning a lot already. It is helping me gain a better understanding about our country's financial situation. I like this report's practical approach to solving some of the problems we face, as if this were a business turn-around challenge.

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by Patricia L'Herrou - Feb. 26, 2011

while the charts are extensive and filled with real figures (as far as i can tell), the point of these 'concerned taxpayers' from morgan stanley using them to show their bias of how to reduce the deficit. the gimmick is to show the u.s. as if it were a corporation and then point out where the losses are coming from. there is irony coming from this source in stating how in the past u.s. citizens have made great sacrifices to help the country and will we do it again. the sacrifices they would seem to agree to are to cut medicare and medicaid.

clearly medicare and medicaid expenses need to be figured out, managed in some way that results in lower medical costs to the country overall. however the business bias here loses credibility for understanding the financial complexities

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by Mark Kabbash - Feb. 26, 2011

Mary Meeker will always teach you something. Solid read and I recommend this to all.

Mary Meeker will always teach you something. Solid read and I recommend this to all.

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