In theory, a nation can’t run at a loss. The difference
between what it spends on social security, defence, education,
healthcare and so on must balance the receipts that it receives in
various forms of taxation, so any shortfall must be made up from
Asian shares pulled ahead on Wednesday, taking their cue from
Wall Street's strong performance as upbeat results from two
technology bellwethers offset recent concerns about the outlook for
the global economy.