The federal government has been borrowing Social Security's surpluses for decades and issuing the program IOUs in return. However, the ability to pay those IOUs depends on the Treasury borrowing more money on global bond market at affordable rates. That's hardly a sure thing.
May%u2019s unexpected rise in the U.S. trade deficit to $42.3 billion isn%u2019t likely to resolve the tug-of-war between the economic bulls and bears. Imports and exports both grew, but imports grew marginally faster.