Oh, we have been paying! Our problem is that if the current path holds true there could be pressure on the dollar which, in turn, means it gonna take more dollars to buy anything and this is how nations find that their money will eventually become worthless. We are, right now, heading there! Here is an explanation of that.

https://www.thebalance.com/interest-on-the-national-debt-4119024

Oh, historically, I think, this nation has NEVER not had a debt.........