The official national debt of the United States is close to $9.6 trillion, but when the cost of unfunded entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid are included, the total is a staggering $53 trillion: what our government owes to whom and why we should care.


  • David Walker CEO, Peter G Peterson Foundation and former U.S. Comptroller General
  • Roberton Williams Principal research associate, the Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution.
  • Stephen Moore Is a member of the Wall Street Journal's editorial board.

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