- Whose debt?: The authors study current levels of government debt, the debt accumulated by recent presidents, and the burden of future debt projected to accumulate under current law, current policy, and the Administration’s budget.
- Who pays for existing debt?: If interest costs are financed in line with the progressivity of the federal tax system under current policy, a household with annual earnings between $50,000-75,000 would pay $1390.49 a year to service the current debt.
- Who pays for future debt projected to accumulate through 2022?: Under current law, the Administration’s budget, and current policy, if interest costs are financed with federal taxes a household earning $50,000-75,000 would pay an additional:
- Current law: $390
- Administration’s budget: $880
- Current policy: $1350
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