Business / Taxes / National Debt: The total value of all outstanding Treasury bills, notes, and bonds that the federal government owes investors is referred to as the national debt. The government holds some of this debt itself, in accounts such as the Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Insurance, and Highway, Airport and Airway Trust Funds. The rest is held by individual and institutional investors, both domestic and international, or by overseas governments. There is a debt ceiling imposed by Congress, but it is typically raised when outstanding debt approaches that level. Interest on the national debt is a major item in the federal budget, but the national debt is not the same as the federal budget deficit. The deficit is the amount by which federal spending exceeds federal income in a fiscal year.
Debt Adjective Synonyms: obligation, due, indebtedness, liability, responsibility, accountability, encumbrance
National Adjective Synonyms: nationwide, country-wide, state, governmental, civil, public, popular, federal
National Noun Synonyms: nationalistic, nationalist, patriotic, jingoistic, chauvinistic
Business / Finance / Monetize The Debt: Financing the national debt by printing new money, which causes inflation as a result of a larger money supply. MORE
Business / Agriculture / National Forest: Originally, forest reserves, established by Presidential proclamation mostly between 1891 and 1909. Today, the boundaries of the 155 national forests cannot be modified without congressional authoriza MORE