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The debt as measured in nominal dollars rose during the Clinton years. The debt as measured in _REAL_ (deflated or adjusted to inflation) dollars decreased. This is the way that sane people measure long term debt like the debt you owe on your 30 year mortgage. The debt is _LESS_ because of normal inflation. Normal inflation between 1 and 4% is what keeps people from storing money in their mattresses and what allows the Fed a small amount of control over the money supply without the need of a tax authority. Inflation of 5% or more may be problematic, but less than that is normal and good and it is what the typical mortgage rates and T-bill rates (government guaranteed borrowings) are based on. Should government provide you with a safe place to store your money for free? Or should government charge you for this service? If you want to MAKE MONEY then you should probably invest as opposed to hoarding money in an interest bearing mattress called T-Bills.--The Trucker (talk) 23:02, 15 February 2010 (UTC)