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Learn About the National Debt

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When a government or organization spends more money than it has available, a deficit is created. In some cases, a government may borrow money to fill the deficit. This borrowing translates into gross federal debt, which increases the amount of national debt.

Two components typically make up this type of debt: money owed to the government by the government and money borrowed by the government from foreign or domestic investors in an open market.

The Concord Coalition reports that the national debt is more than $15.5 trillion and is increasing rapidly. To better understand what national debt is and how it may be addressed in the classroom, please consult one or more of the following resources:

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Bill Fay

Bill “No Pay” Fay has lived a meager financial existence his entire life. He started writing/bragging about it in 2012, helping birth into existence as the site’s original “Frugal Man.” Prior to that, he spent more than 30 years covering the high finance world of college and professional sports for major publications, including the Associated Press, New York Times and Sports Illustrated. His interest in sports has waned some, but he is as passionate as ever about not reaching for his wallet. Bill can be reached at [email protected].