"With a return to 1990s growth rates, the debt-to-GDP ratio could drop to 56.7%, about where it was in 2000, in just one decade."

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Interesting and helpful look at the national debt. Boils alot down in a relatively small space.

Another tidbit

"If, for instance, Congress were to adjust the formula by which Social Security cost-of-living increases were calculated or change the age of eligibility, future federal liabilities would shrink by trillions of dollars instantly."

Fix GDP, adjust SS and cut spending & you've got debt to a reasonable level in less than an election cycle (of course, fixing GDP is tough because of the complexity and adjusting SS is tough because of the politics involved... dittos for cutting spending though the mood seems to be strong to do that at the moment).

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