Several respected economic studies have argued that 100% is the “point-of-no-return” — once crossed, the world becomes a slippery slope and hope is lost.
Look at the average federal taxes paid or revenue per citizen, which is about $10,320. Compare that with the amount of interest paid on the national debt per citizen, which is about $7,450. That leaves less than $3,000 per citizen to pay for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Federal pensions, and, not insignificantly, to pay for the military. Now imagine what happens when interest rates rise . . .
Only Libertarians argue that it would be good for the nation to increase interest rates. On the other hand, it is bad for the nation over the long-run to have such artificially low rates. Choose your poison carefully and decide whether you would decrease Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Federal pensions or the military. The latter is clearly being crowded-out by rising debt expense and entitlements.