July 11, 2024

The Surprising Showdown: Interest Costs on US National Debt Outpace Defense Spending!

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Interest rates have been stealthily climbing, and with them, the financial woes of the U.S. government are escalating. Brace yourselves for a jaw-dropping revelation: the interest costs on the colossal $34.24 trillion national debt are primed to surpass not just one but two monumental pillars of federal spending – Medicare and defense!

In a twist that could make any economist’s head spin, projections from the Congressional Budget Office foretell a staggering leap in interest payments, tripling from nearly $475 billion in 2022 to an eye-watering $1.4 trillion in 2032. By 2053, brace yourself, as interest payments will skyrocket to an astronomical $5.4 trillion.

Veronique de Rugy, a senior research fellow, paints a grim picture: “For years, those of us weary of growing government debt argued that it could become costly if interest rates were to rise. Now the time has come, and it seems to have no impact on the behavior of those in Congress.”

The CBO’s director, Phillip Swagel, lays bare the reality: the surge in net interest payments is not solely the product of higher rates but also a consequence of the escalating debt load.

Once able to borrow on the cheap due to historically low-interest rates, the U.S. finds itself shackled by rising rates, as illustrated by the Federal Reserve’s 11 consecutive interest rate hikes in just 16 months. This tightening of policy, coupled with a $4.8 trillion borrowing spree under President Biden, has catapulted the national debt past the $34 trillion mark.

Biden’s defense of this spending spree – citing a $1.7 trillion reduction in the deficit – may ring hollow against the backdrop of ballooning debt and interest costs set to eclipse even defense spending.

As policymakers navigate this financial minefield, one thing is clear: the battle for fiscal responsibility has never been more urgent.

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