Below are some additional resources to learn more about this growing problem, and what you can do to help address it.



Additional Reading:

  • Primer: The Difference Between Deficits And Debts
    National Public Radio, November 22, 2010
  • ”What’s a Billion Really Worth?”
    Adapted from Where Does the Money Go? Your Guided Tour to the Federal Budget Crisis
    by Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson, of Public Agenda
  • ”Here’s What We’re Up Against”
    Students Face Up to the Nation’s Finances, Public Agenda
  • Fixing Social Security
    National Academy of Social Insurance
  • The Social Security Fix It Book
    Center for Retirement Research
  • Reducing U.S. debt: Ideas from the Hall of Lame
    CNNMoney.com, January 4, 2010
  • U.S. Debt Scolds Can’t Be Ignored Much Longer: Alice M. Rivlin
    Businessweek.com, January 07, 2010
  • A Citizen’s Guide to the Financial Condition of the United States Government


  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Office of Management and Budget – Government Performance
  • Office of Management and Budget – FY 2010 Budget and More
  • Congressional Budget Office
  • Congressional Budget Office: The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2010 to 2020
  • House Budget Committee
  • Senate Budget Committee
  • U.S. Treasury Direct
  • U.S. Treasury FAQ: The National Debt
  • U.S. Bureau of the Public Debt

Non- Profit Groups:

  • American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
  • The Brookings Institution
  • Budgetball: Get Fiscal
  • Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
  • Concord Coalition
  • Facing Up to the Nation’s Finances
  • The Heritage Foundation
  • State of the USA
  • Public Agenda
  • Peter G. Peterson Foundation
  • The Urban Institute

From the Government Accountability Office:

  • GAO Report on U.S. Treasury Debt Management Challenges
  • The Federal Government’s Long-Term Fiscal Outlook (GAO)
  • Fiscal Year 2008 U.S. Government Financial Statements
  • GAO: 21st Century Challenges – Reexamining the Base of the Federal Government

From the Social Security Advisory Board:

  • Working for Retirement Security
  • Social Security: Why Action Should be Taken Soon
  • Social Security Advisory Board Annual Report 2008
  • Challenges Facing the Social Security Administration: Present and Future–Report to the President-Elect Transition Team
  • The Unsustainable Cost of Health Care

Books. Papers, and Presentations:

  • The Financial and Economic Consequences of an Exploding Debt, Leonard E. Burman, The Urban Institute, 2009
  • Fiscal Days of Reckoning, C. Eugene Steuerle, The Urban Institute, November 2009
  • Restoring Fiscal Sanity 2007: The Health Spending Challenge, Alice Rivlin and Joseph Antos, The Brookings Institution, 2007
  • Sustained Budget Deficits: Longer-Run U.S. Economic Performance and the Risk of Financial and Fiscal Disarray, Peter Orszag, Robert E. Rubin, Allen Sinai, The Urban Institute, 2004
  • How U.S. Debt Endgame Might Occur, Desmond Lachman, AEI Online, November 2009
  • Inflation Scare: Crazy but Real, John H. Makin, AEI Online, July 2009

Videos and Voices
Note: These videos were not created by the Choosing the Nation’s Fiscal Future report’s sponsoring organizations, and we cannot be responsible for any omissions or errors.

  • Solutions For Bringing Down The National Debt
  • What If China Collected on U.S. Debt?
  • Hearing on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Debt: Orszag’s Testimony
  • The U.S. Debt – Check out What You Owe the Gov’t
  • USA: A Nation In Debt- A Ticking Time Bomb
  • Adorable Puppy Explains Health Care Bill
  • Streettalk: Medicare / Social Security’s Future
  • Wake Up Young People
  • The future of social security
  • Medicare, Social Security and the dignity of The American People
  • BDJ Cash Question: Medicare Funding
  • Can Cutting Off Wealthy Seniors Save Medicare?
  • U.S. National Debt Grows To Large For National Debt Clock
  • How much is a billion dollars?
  • How much is 1 trillion dollars?
  • What does a million, a billion, and a trillion look like?

Other Resources:

  • Gross National Debt on zFacts.com
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