Saw this on Boingboing: http://boingboing.net/2013/08/11/japans-debt-1000000000.html
And thought, "That's a huge number! I wonder what our debt is?" So I hit a currency converter and turned that pile of yen into dollars: $10,355,457,302,663.98. Then, I checked out usdebtclock.org
to see what ours looks like.
My first reaction there was: "Well, we aren't in any position to moralize over Japan's debt. Ours is close to double: ~$17Trillion." But how does that work out to debt per person?
Whoa! Japan's debt works out to about $81,758 per person. Ours works out to about $53,401 per person or $148,062 per taxpayer.
As always, one's position in any argument is largely a matter of perspective. From the point of view of taxpayers, we're screwed and Japan is better off. From the point of view of any random US citizen, Japan is screwed and we're better off.
Either way, the idea that our government can be in debt well into the trillion$ is shameful. If that top 1% would just pay their taxes, if the churches paid any, if corporations didn't have so many dodges and loopholes, we would likely have zero debt.
Time for some changes, We the People!