He has likened the current U.S. situation to the fall of Rome. David Walker, the current comptroller general and head of the Government Accountability Office, warns of a dire future based on many government policies. Highlighting what he believes are unsustainable practices, Mr. Walker expressed serious concern about the potential for "an explosion of debt" and warned about "declining moral values and political civility at home, an over-confident and over-extended military in foreign lands and fiscal irresponsibility by the central government." Without serious change to financial practice Mr. Walker believes the U.S. could face "dramatic" tax hikes as well as severely reduced government services. Such hot-button issues as Social Security and Healthcare reform sit high on the GAO’s list as these entitlements tie down an ever larger portion of the GDP. Mr. Walker has urged the presidential candidates to take fiscal responsibility to heart, saying the "risk of a serious crisis rises considerably" if they do not.
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