Saturday, December 5, 2009

Paying The National Debt For Dummies

Amortization Schedule - click to enlarge

The Federal Government can pay off the National Debt in 30 years by making interest and principal payments of $699,013,323,930.52 per year. In Fiscal Year 2009 the government made interest payments of $383,656,592,545.78. So it would only take another $315,356,731,384.74 per year, or about $1,051 per capita to completely extinguish the debt. Since this will cost $8,883,038,042,900.88 in interest (at 4% over 30 years), I would suggest that you get started right away.

If you politicians were serious about fiscal responsibility, surely you could find a way to cut spending by $315,356,731,384.74 per year. I mean after all, many of you are claiming that more than that is wasted on Medicare each year.

The only condition for taking this bold step is that you stop deficit spending 'now'. Pay the debt, end the deficits, stop making excuses, and quit playing games.

Source:

http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/ir/ir_expense.htm

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