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From this wiki page we can clearly see that US national debt is growing steadily after 2010 and now it's larger than US GDP already (at the end of 2019).

Still it's commonly believed the debt is maintainable. At least, neither the Obama administration nor the Trump administration care to spend (enough) effort to eliminate the debt.

I wonder, at what point (or at what debt/GDP ratio) would the US government truly lose control over the debt?

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    Feb 7, 2020 at 12:04
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    Might be worth pointing out that taxation and budgeting is the prerogative of Congress. The President has some discretion in how to spend the money received from congress, but how much to spent is the decision of congress. So making the administrations responsible for the state deficit puts the blame on the wrong people.
    – Philipp
    Feb 7, 2020 at 12:59
  • @Philipp Yes, but the president also proposes the initial budget and signs off on the adopted budget, so it's not like any administration has no responsibility for its deficits. Feb 7, 2020 at 16:40
  • @jeffronicus: somewhat related question... politics.stackexchange.com/questions/49961/… Reagarding this question... a way to make it more objective is to (1) ask about a comparison with other countries, e.g. on debt/GDP ratio; (2) ask why some argue the US can even exceed such benchmarks.
    – Fizz
    Feb 7, 2020 at 17:47

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Right now it would require some event where the trust in America failed.

The Debt/Inflation in the US isn't terrible, and US can also today print money without inflation because the trust in the country is enormous.

With the exception of a few countries that due to political reasons convert their USD to Gold then everybody is confident in having money in USD.


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