Here is the U.S.'s current national debt:
Visit the U.S. National Debt Clock
Just a few questions:
1. Why are people getting all this money back from the government if there's such a huge debt?
2. The idea of the debt itself is so ridiculous to me. Who are they going to pay back? I mean, half of the people/institutions/countries we owe money to must have died or moved on by now, right? Is there a list somewhere of who to give money to?
3. How is it going to help to "write your congressman"? He'll just say, okay, cool, why doesn't everyone pay their $30,000?
4. Why, if 40% should go to the Federal Reserve Bank of the U.S., don't they just let it go? (I realize it is quasi-private, which just makes me say, "let it go, people, unless you personally want to pay a lot. And don't you have any pride in your country?")
5. I fully love astronomy, but isn't our love of Enlightenment ideas (human progress) a little expensive when we've got such a debt on our shoulders? Have you ever seen how much NASA gets? 16.2 billion in 2007. If we were to stop exploring space for a while, it would only take us . . . 577 years to pay off the debt. Bah, but that's only if it were to stop growing now. There must be other ways we can cut and other ways we can stop the growth of 1.49 billion per day. What if all politics adopted a King-Benjamin-like attitude, something similar to what Arnold has done?