Dead Weight

An inhumane answer to methodically lower American debt and balance the budget.

Ken Kayse
3 min readMay 8


This is a picture of a brick wall with the words, “Until Debt Tear Us Apart” written on it.
Photo by Alice Pasqual on Unsplash

Faced with one of the most difficult challenges to America’s burgeoning debt, our political representatives are faced with the daunting task of curbing the nation’s debt, while at the same time, tackling an imbalanced budget. How they are going about it is puzzling to me.

The Republican-controlled Congress recently passed the “Limit, Save, and Grow” act as a first salvo to President Biden and the Democrat-controlled Senate to come up with an alternative.

The Senate, led by Senator Chuck Schumer, has already announced the bill is dead on arrival, “DOA.” Instead, Senator Schumer has authorized a committee to investigate what the effects of the bill will cause.

Included in the bill, HR 2118, as reported by the Federal Register, is the following:

This bill increases the federal debt limit and decreases spending. It also repeals several energy tax credits, modifies the permitting process and other requirements for energy projects, expands work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other programs, and nullifies regulations for the cancellation of federal student loan debt.

Specifically, the bill suspends the debt limit through March 31, 2024, or until the debt increases by $1.5 trillion, whichever occurs first;

(Author’s note: As of May 2023, the exact rate of growth of the US national debt is difficult to predict, and it can vary depending on various factors such as government spending, tax revenues, economic conditions, and policy decisions. However, as of May 2021, the US national debt was around $28 trillion. If we assume that the growth rate remains constant, it will take approximately 3.6 months for the debt to increase by $1.5 trillion.)

establishes discretionary spending limits for FY2024-FY2033 that include decreases in discretionary spending;

rescinds certain unobligated funds that were provided to address COVID-19 and to the Internal Revenue Service;

nullifies certain executive actions and regulations for cancelling federal student loan debt and implementing an income-driven repayment plan for student…



Ken Kayse

When Life knocks you down, be a rubber ball and bounce up. I enjoy creativity and I love life! I write for fun and I live in the present. Try it you’ll like it.