By 2050, interest costs on the debt are projected to be more than four times what the federal government has historically spent on education, R&D, and infrastructure combined
April 01, 2013

SOURCE: Data from the Congressional Budget Office, The 2013 Long-Term Budget Outlook, September 2013; and the Office of Management and Budget, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2014, April 2013.
NOTE: Data for the alternative fiscal scenario are PGPF projections based on CBO’s alternative fiscal scenario. Infrastructure excludes defense.

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