You call this "public safety?"
There are a lot of consequences to the federal government carrying a large debt burden, and the federal government will reach debt levels of 80% of GDP soon.
Ever since congressional Republicans forced Democrats' hand with their budget stipulations in last year's debt ceiling deal, a flurry of budgets have been put out by different legislators and caucuses. It's sometimes hard to keep track.
A report out last week from the center-left Brookings Institution highlights that, although a little bit of progress has been made on budget deficits in recent years, a massive challenge remains - one that President Obama is intent on ignoring with his "anti-austerity" budget requests.