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G-8: The common abbreviation for the Group of Eight, which includes the seven of the most advanced and industrialized nations of the world known as the G-7--the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Canada, Germany, and Japan--plus Russia. That is, the G-8 is the G-7 plus Russia, which effectively replaced the G-7 in 1998. They meet regularly to coordinate fiscal and monetary policies. Their actions are based on the proposition that our global economy and the individual countries are better off through cooperation than conflict.

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FEDERAL DEFICIT: An excess of federal government spending over tax collections. The federal deficit has been the subject of on-again, off-again debates among vote-seeking politicians and pointy-headed economists for a number of years. The main points of the debate are: (1) the potential crowding out of investment in capital goods, (2) the use of borrowed funds for either "consumption" or "investment" government purchases, and (3) the constraints imposed on fiscal policy. The jury of pointy-heads remains undecided on these issues.

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CURRENT SURPLUS OF GOVERNMENT ENTERPRISES

The excess of revenue over cost received by government-operated firms that sell their output through markets and otherwise operate like private, profit-oriented firms. This is one component of the official entry government subsidies less current surplus of government enterprises found in the National Income and Product Accounts maintained by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, that separates national income (the resource cost of production) and gross (and net) domestic product (the market value of production).

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