It is important to point out that education in America is primarily a State and local responsibility, and ED's budget is only a small part of both total national education spending and the overall Federal budget, as we explain in a primer on the . In addition to this historical background, we try to demystify and show how it is carried out in ED.
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Particularly over the last 40 years, the federal government has generally spent more than it collected in revenue. When this occurs, the government must borrow money to cover the difference. The government borrows by selling securities such as Treasury bonds, then agreeing to pay bondholders back with interest. Over time, this borrowing accumulates into the national debt.
How to reduce the national debt
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Speaking on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 ahead of the launch of the Labour manifesto in Manchester, the shadow chancellor said: “Our intention is to get the current budget back into surplus and the national debt falling by the end of the parliament and earlier if we can. I would like to do it faster and get to a bigger surplus, but of course that will depend upon what happens to the economy and wages.
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Currently, the national debt held by the public is about $14 trillion, which is around 77 percent of the country’s economy, as measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The gross debt, which includes money owed to other parts of the federal government, is slightly under $20 trillion, or roughly 105 percent of GDP.
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I periodically get these figures and use them to adjust theDebt Clock's value so it remains accurate.I, or rather the CGI code I wrote for the Debt Clock, then calculate the current valueof the Debt by a simple linear extrapolation between the recent date's value and thevalue for the debt about a year previously.I also get up to date population figures from the Census Department's and use this to calculate each person's share of the total debt.
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Achieving meaningful debt reduction will require a comprehensive plan that addresses the major drivers of our debt. Reforming the tax code, slowing the growth of entitlement spending, and reducing other spending, and helping to grow the economy are all necessary to put debt on a downward path over the long term.
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Acting now to address our growing debt has numerous advantages. The sooner we act, the easier it will be to make changes. If we act now, changes can be phased in gradually so they are less disruptive. Because of compound interest, acting sooner means we can reduce debt to a sustainable level with a smaller amount of savings. For example, if we start now, we would need spending cuts and/or tax increases equaling 3.1 percent of the economy to bring the debt gradually down to historical levels in the next 30 years. Waiting 5 years, however, would require adjustments of 3.7 percent of GDP and waiting 10 years would require 4.6 percent. Waiting has real costs.