Federal Deficit History

Everyone complains about the federal deficit. But how bad is it? What is the “Deficit” anyway?

You’ll learn how much the federal deficit has fluctuated in recent years; how the present federal deficit compares with other periods in the last century; and how the federal debt has changed over the years since the Founding.

At the end, there will be a multiple-choice quiz, and some helpful links to our sister site, usgovernmentdebt.us.

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