Worried About the National Debt? Donate to Cover It! Thanks to a government program, you don't even have to leave your house By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Feb 20, 2011 10:19 AM CST 16 comments Comments Copies of President Barack Obama's fiscal 2012 federal budget are seen at the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (Newser) – Losing sleep over news that the national deficit will hit $1.6 trillion this year? Well, why not make a donation to help cover some of it? Every little bit helps, after all—and, as Consumerist points out, the Treasury Department has a program that enables you to donate via your computer, you know, via credit card! It started in 1996, and in 2009, the year it made the most money, brought in nearly $3.1 million. So far this year, the tally is $406,606. But bad news: Your donation to the government is not tax-deductible.