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Back to Up to Us: NYU

By what amount did the federal debt increase under President George W. Bush?

  • $12 trillion (28% people answered this)
  • $5 trillion (19% people answered this)
  • $3.3 trillion (45% people answered this)
  • $1.7 trillion (7% people answered this)

42 people answered.


Correct answer is: $3.3 trillion

Under Bush's administration, the United States experienced the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In response to this and other terror threats, the US entered into wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. These two wars brought defense spending to new heights. Couple these wars with the two Bush era tax cuts, and you end up with over $3 trillion added to the federal debt under President Bush.


New York University is participating in Up to Us, a nationwide competition to educate and engage campus communities on the issue of our federal government’s long-term debt. NYU is competing with 9 other schools—such as Brown, Georgetown, and U Texas—to win this nonpartisan competition. First prize is $10,000 and the judging panel includes George Stephanopoulos, Chelsea Clinton, Erskine Bowles, and Alan Simpson.  Up to Us is a partnership between Net Impact, Clinton Global Initiative University, and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation ( If Up to Us: NYU wins, we will be donating the prize to charity, such as Food Bank of NYC or Hurricane Sandy relief.

Our campaign will kick off on 1/28. Keep an eye out for our tabling and programming events! Participate in our Great Giveaway to win prizes such as giftcards to your favorite local restaurants. 

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