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Gross National Debt as a Percent of GDP, by President

1950-2010

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Gross Debt as a Percent of GDP, by President
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This chart from zFacts clearly shows the trend between cumulative federal debt and the economy during each presidential term since Truman.

As the highlighted areas show, cumulative debt as a percent of Gross Domestic Product decreased steadily after World War II highs of 90%. It increased during the Reagan-Bush Administrations and under the current Bush Administration. In September 2008, it hit 69% of GDP, the highest level since 1955.

On 22 September 2008, the US federal debt hit $10 trillion, before the $750 billion Wall Street bailout. (See How Much Is A Million? A Trillion?)

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