What Is the U.S. National Debt — and How Does It Impact Everyday Americans?

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Economic commentators and political pundits alike are often discussing the United States' national debt, a tab that's accrued when the federal government helps pay for social programs, infrastructure, and other initiatives and features Americans rely on. 

When the national debt is too high, economists become concerned about inflation, tax increases, and political and economic changes. But what bearing does the U.S. national debt have on the lives of everyday Americans? We're delving into everything you need to know about the country's debt.