But that's exactly what seems to be happening. As Matt Hartley reported Thursday in the Financial Post, the U.S. operating balance -- basically, the amount of money that the government has to play with before it hits the debt ceiling -- now stands at roughly $73.8 billion. While impressive-sounding, this princely sum is roughly $2 billion less than Apple's (AAPL) cash reserves of around $75.9 billion, suggesting that -- on paper, at least -- the technological behemoth is on a firmer financial footing than its home country.
Until the debt fight is over and the loopholes get closed ... Brother Jobs, can you spare a dime?
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