I came across this site while searching for a debt clock. It’s a pre-election info page regarding the country’s debt, but the facts are the main point. It would be nice if the country’s debt really was only 16 or even 21 trillion. Things are going to blow up eventually since no one has the balls to either discuss it (our useless media) or deal with it (our even-more-useless politicians). The day of reckoning will come and when it does it’ll be ugly. What happens to all those dependent zombies once the checks stop coming in because the government ran out of everyone else’s money? They’ll be coming for your stuff. Think of it like Greece raised to the power of 100 while sucking on a meth pipe! Barry won’t talk about the debt because the debt is his friend. He’s more concerned about bringing everyone else down so equality will reign supreme. We’ll be equally miserable, but that okay. If it is good for Cuba, then why can’t we learn to adjust?
Nonpartisan financial experts tell us that our nation faces a unique set of pressures (to spend increasing amounts on health care, to sustain retirees’ benefits with fewer active workers, and to fund the growing amount of interest on the national debt) that could culminate in a massive economic crisis.
Bob Bixby, the head of the Concord Coalition, points out that no one can predict when this crisis will erupt—or if it will unfold as “a long, slow erosion in the standard of living.” To each of us, that would mean less choices in life, less freedom, and less of the things we take for granted each day.
With its shaky financial position and dozens of unfunded promises, the United States also faces threats to national security. With its financial assets in quicksand, the US would be less able to compete on an international level and less able to counter threats from competitors abroad. As our nation slips deeper and deeper into debt, it loses its flexibility, its power, and even its ability to operate on a very basic level.
The bottom line: the national debt matters because we, the people, are the ones who pay the bills. We are the ones who will be impacted by a financial crisis. That’s why it is crucial to spread the Truth in 2012.
It took the country from George Washington until Ronald Reagan—approximately 200 years—to reach the first $1 trillion in debt.
When politicians talk about reducing the deficit, they are not talking about the debt. Politicians driven by short-term election goals focus on short-term problems. For example, President Bush once told us the problem was shrinking, pointing to the annual federal budget deficit, which fell from a high of $413 billion in fiscal 2004 to about $163 billion in fiscal 2007. The debt, meanwhile, continues to skyrocket.
All of the taxes you pay, including Social Security, are used for today’s government services and benefits, not saved for the future.
According to the government’s Office of Management and Budget, “there are no economic assets in the Social Security trust fund.”
According to the Government Accountability Office, if spending on government retirement programs remains on its current course and revenues grow at their historical averages, interest on the debt could skyrocket from its current 9 percent to almost 30 percent of the budget by 2040.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernake has stated that the time to solve this problem was “ten years ago.” Meanwhile, Congressional Quarterly reports that a delay of even 10 years in solving this will double the required pain to solve it.
We are now considering making the nation’s fiscal problems much worse by expanding entitlements and bail-outs. Fiscal 2009 will add more than a trillion dollars to the federal debt via deficit spending and as much as another five trillion in unfunded liabilities.