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Companies awarded $8 billion to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan have been major campaign donors to President Bush. By The Associated Press. [New York Times: NYT HomePage]

The Debtor's Empire

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[Washington Post: Editorial] By Kenneth Rogoff Monday, October 20, 2003; Page A23

Isn't it just a little twisted that the United States, the world's richest country, is on track to borrow more than $500 billion from abroad this year? Isn't it even stranger that this borrowing includes sizable chunks from countries such as India and China, many of whose 2.3 billion people live on less than a dollar or two a day? ...

But whatever the reasons, and they are admittedly complex, isn't it still a bit nutty that the world's richest country has become by far the world's biggest borrower, with a net debt to the rest of the world (assets minus liabilities) of more than $2 trillion?

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