The U.S. Department of Treasury offers information on the national debt, while Just Facts reports a completely unbiased look at the issue on its website. Michael Snyder for Business Insider offers a list of 34 things that infuriate Americans about the national debt.
The national debt is the direct liabilities of the federal government, notes the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The public debt refers to the securities the U.S. Treasury issues in the form of bonds, notes and bills. In 1981, when Ronald Reagan became president, the national debt was $1 trillion, according to Snyder. The national debt as of the end of 2015 was $18.6 trillion, reports Just Facts. This amounts to $57,782 for every person in the country.