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How the Interest on the Debt Affects You?


Debt has been a part of this U.S history from the beginning, starting with the overseas borrowing undertaken to finance the American Revolution. The interest on the national debt is how much the federal government must pay on outstanding public debt each year. The national debt includes debt owed to individuals, to businesses, and to foreign central banks, as well as intragovernmental holdings.


The interest on the national debt immediately reduces the money available for other spending programs. Advocates of certain benefits will call for a reduction in spending in other areas as it increases.


A growing debt burden becomes a big problem for everyone in the long term. The World Bank says a country reaches a tipping point when the debt-to-GDP ratio approaches or exceeds 77%.13 The U.S. debt-to-GDP ratio was around 125% through most of 2021.


The bottom line is, it's important to remember that all those trillions of U.S. government debt are interest-bearing assets for the buyers of Treasury bonds. If these investors eventually find alternatives they prefer, it's much more likely to be the result of strong economic growth than of a decline in U.S. creditworthiness.


Currently, $31.21 trillion is the updated U.S. national debt as of November 3, 2022. Please click the provided link below to see the actual data coming from the official website of the U.S government https://fiscaldata.treasury.gov/datasets/debt-to-the-penny/debt-to-the-penny .


Questions that commonly asked:


Whom does the interest on the national debt go to?

  • The interest goes to the individuals, businesses, pensions and funds, and governments that the U.S. borrowed the money from.

Who is the biggest creditor of the national debt?

  • It's the Social Security program, which is 13.3% of the total debt.

How much does the U.S. spend on interest payments in contrast to other spending?

  • National debt interest for 2021 was roughly $303 billion. Compare that to other government spending, such as $132 billion for food stamps, $70 billion for K-12 education, and $35 billion for science, space, and technology.

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