In an October 12th Post entitled "Foreigners and the Burden of Debt," Paul Krugman made the following comment.
. . . we'd all agree that deficits make us poorer if they crowd out investment spending, which they would if the economy were near full employment, but won't if we're deeply depressed. All we have to do is realize that net foreign investment purchases minus sales of assets from and to foreigners is also a form of investment. Or to put it a bit more simply, sure, budget deficits can make us poorer as a nation if they lead to bigger trade deficits.
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