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Chart of the Week: Each American's Share of National Debt is Growing

Posted By Abigail White On July 17, 2011 @ 10:51 am In Scribe | Comments Disabled


Throughout the debate over the debt limit these past few weeks, Americans have become increasingly alarmed with our nation’s staggering $14.3 trillion debt. Many might wonder how the government is ever going to repay its mounting debt.

Unfortunately, that responsibility will fall to the Debt-Paying Generation [2] (ages 5-30). Currently, every citizen owns $31,871 of the national debt, but each American’s share of national debt is growing [1]. If current spending patterns continue, by the time 5-year-olds are 45, they will each be responsible for $279,738 of the debt.

Bill Beach, director of Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis, warns that the 115 million Americans in the Debt-Paying Generation [2] could end their lives as the least improved generation. Without a doubt, the mounting debt will reshape the lives of future generations.

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[1] Image: http://www.heritage.org/budgetchartbook/national-debt-burden

[2] Debt-Paying Generation: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/09/will-growing-government-debt-undermine-the-american-dream

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