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Interest on government debt has now accelerated to almost a trillion dollars ($969 billion). Another way of saying that is servicing the debt is now more than the total military budget for 2022 of $876 billion, or more than 3.5% of GDP.

Tier 1 Alpha: Interest on Government Debt Exceeds 2022 Military Budget - gov debt

Certainly, interest rates play a significant role in the notable surge in debt service. However, a closer look over the past 2 to 3 months reveals the true underlying factor. Government revenues totaled $418 billion in June, while fiscal expenditures reached $646 billion. Similarly, in July, fiscal revenues amounted to $276 billion, with fiscal expenditures hitting $496 billion. As we assess the fiscal year's initial 10 months, the budget shortfall hit the roof at $1.613 trillion, more than doubling the preceding year's deficit of $726 billion. What about receivables, you might ask? Tax receipts experienced an 11% decline during the first 9 months of fiscal 2023.

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