http://bit.ly/budrlj [Foreign direct investment, net inflows] http://bit.ly/bkZd05 [Military Exp.] http://bit.ly/9pQBwd [Imports] http://bit.ly/b0hS8F [Exports] http://bit.ly/bPqR4O [GDP per capita] http://bit.ly/c3Bxxl [Industry value added % of GDP] http://bit.ly/cHYHfL [Taxes revenue] http://bit.ly/bvf63D [Federal deficit % of GDP] If we decrease the military spending and increase the taxation to the lever of Germany there will be no deficit. Note that most years the Federal deficit % of GDP is way below 10%. In those years we can have been been paying the debt. If we can pay 10% of the debt per year it will be paid in full in X years. (Help me out there). As the GDP grows this will even become easer. Another interesting data is that US gets over 300B in foreign investment per year. I don't think that all of it should be considered a bad debt. There is something to be said that US act as a bank. It gets deposits for low interest pay back and then HOPEFULLY invest the funds in ventures that bring higher % of pay back. The US keeps the difference as a profit like any normal bank will do.