The big news yesterday was that our national debt hit a whopping $31 trillion….that is right that is trillion with a “T”…..
The gross US national debt, which topped $30 trillion for the first time earlier this year, has now risen to more than $31 trillion, according to a Treasury Department report released Tuesday. The disclosure comes at what the New York Times calls an “inopportune time”—interest rates are rising, make it more expensive to borrow money and raising the cost of servicing the debt, which has ballooned to its current level from around $23 trillion at the end of 2019, just before the pandemic hit. “Too many people were complacent about our debt path in part because rates were so low,” says Michael A. Peterson at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, which promotes debt reduction.
In May, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that interest payments and other debt costs would cost the federal government around $8.1 trillion over the next decade. The Peterson foundation estimates higher rates will add at least another $1 trillion. The Office of Management and Budget said in August that the federal budget deficit will drop by a record $1.7 trillion this year, though analysts warn that the underlying “addiction” to debt remains, the AP reports. “When you increase government spending and money supply, you will pay the price later,” says Sung Won Sohn, an economics professor at Loyola Marymount University. He predicts that high inflation will continue for the foreseeable future.
Our Congress has done what they always do….pass a Continuing Resolution to keep our government in business for the next few months.
This should be a gimme but instead the GOP and the Dems have to have a political theater around this necessity.
They even added money debt to the bill by promising more millions possibility billions to Ukraine for their conflict with Russia.
To the tune of $16 billion.
Now my question is why is there NOT some opposition to this blatant waste of taxpayer cash…..I mean they have plenty of opposition to social programs that would benefit the poor and needy….but have nothing to say about cash flowing into Ukraine on a daily basis.
Someone just please tell me the bottom line for Ukraine.
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”
4 thoughts on “Our National Debt”
First of all, 31 trillion is an iinsan3e amount of reckless irresponsible spending — second of all if we could get a law to forbid inclusion of “Pork” in our spending measures we would be a lot better off –thirdly the government needs to cut back on Ukraine and let the rest of the world do their share of defending Ukraine ..and the government needs to spend some of their cash to help the poorer classes of Americans who are always struggling to make ends meet –and we also need to spend a few billion of those dollars on expanding our own national oil reserves so we can get our heads out of Saud ass once and for all time.
Spending is exactly right…..and goes all the way back to GW and the wars of stupidity which our government excels at starting. chuq
I just checked, and the UK national debt is now almost 3,000 billion pounds. That equates to three trillion, as I understand it. That is ten times less than yours, but we are a much smaller country, and our population is only 69 million.
Best wishes, Pete.
Is yours linked to stupid wars and imaginary foes? chuq