There are few alive today that can remember a time when there was no national debt.  Before the Regan era it was  part of the Republican doctrine that deficit spending, blamed on Democrats, was bad policy and the national debt - like money you owe a friend - should be promptly paid off. But it always seemed that this never came near to being a politically feasible possibility. It seemed that we would always live with this debt. Now I am saying that it is not only politically possible, but quite reasonable to consider paying it off.  I will try to explain exactly what I mean.

Some data:

Current National Debt:                           5.6 trillion dollars (5.6 * 10^12)
Current Interest expense on debt:       360 billion dollars (3.6*10^11) - an average interest rate of 6.4%
Proposed Republican Giveback              800 billion dollars over 10 years = 80 billion dollars per year

Proposal: Amortize the debt over 25 years

In other words,  the government should issue a notes- just like the mortgage note that people have on their homes - totaling an amount that would pay off the debt and replace it with fixed monthly or annual payments. Included could be default penalties - just as in a mortgage note(If your mortgage payment is late, by contract, the lender has the right to add a 5% penalty to the payment).


It would still be possible for various administrations to run a deficit. This is not a bad thing. Running a deficit is a useful fiscal tool in managing the economy. But each administration would be responsible for it's own deficit. Paying down the deficit in good times would be recommended.
Sample proposal: 25 year note with monthly payments at an interest rate fixed for 5 years and determined by the market on an annual basis thereafter. Assume an interest rate of 6%. The annual payment would be the same as for a 25 year mortgage at 6% for the principal amount of 5.6 trillion dollars. Using a mortgage calculator gives:

Monthly payment:                     36.1 billion dollars
Annualized:                              433 billion dollars
Current interest payments:   360 billion dollars
Extra Cost                                   73  billion dollars

This is less than the proposed Republican Giveback, and will give more back to the American people in the form of lower interest rates on mortgages and other debts, more economic stimulation - jobs, and more stability and security for future generations