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The National Debt

Updated on August 29, 2017

What is the Solution to the U.S. National Debt Problem?

Everyone can agree that the U. S. National Debt is a problem that cannot be ignored. There is enough blame to go around for both parties and others as well. Regardless of how the country got to its present debt, what will help solve the problem?

Vintage Image: Files of Nancy Oram

Always Running. . .a screenshot taken on September 3, 2012.

Always Running. . .a screenshot taken on September 3, 2012.
Always Running. . .a screenshot taken on September 3, 2012.

See the Debt Clock Running Right Now

Click here to watch the debt clock running.


Visualizing One Trillion Dollars

I've spent hours now researching and trying to get a grasp on what a trillion dollars is. I've seen many graphics and explanations, and I still can't wrap my mind around it. A trillion is a one followed by twelve zeros. Look carefully at the diagram. It shows two football fields and a huge jet plane for scale. The middle picture is huge ten-foot high pallets of solid hundred dollar bills. Still beyond my comprehension and remember that that is just one trillion!

Graphic: YouTube - see below

What Does 1 Trillion Dollars Look Like?

What is the First Thing Government Should Do?

What is the first thing government should do to turn this train around? - Vote and give your comments.


What is the first thing government should do to turn this train around?

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National Debt Same or Different than Our Personal Debt?

Is the National Debt Any Different from Family Debt? - Should it be treated any differently?

We all know what happens when a family gets into debt over its head. There aren't many options about dealing with it. Should the government have options in avoiding/delaying dealing with the nation's debt?

What do you think?


You Can Hold a Running National Debt Clock in Your Hand

Do you want a reminder of the state of the country's finances? Or would it just be too depressing? Either way, it's quite a novelty.

National Debt Calculator

Besides being big, fat, and in the red, this calculator can display numbers in the trillions!

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