The United States National Debt

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The total United States national debt is now over 19 trillion dollars and our Congressional leadership shows no signs of accomplishing any significant changes to make the situation better. That 19 trillion equates to almost $59,000 for every citizen of the United Sates. Sound financial practice is to not spend more money than you earn and borrow only for emergencies. It appears our Congress is incapable of adhering to sound financial practices as in the last fifty years there have only been five years when the U.S. recorded a budget surplus. Between 2009 and 2012 the U.S. added 5.5 trillion dollars to its national debt. Neither Republicans nor Democrats appear to have any sense of urgency in rectifying this problem. Fortunately the U.S. Government has a good reputation of paying its debts and thus has a good credit rating which allows it to continue borrowing, although that good standing was put to the test recently in 2011 when Standard& Poor’s reduced the U.S. rating from AAA to AA+. A good solution would be to enact an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced budget, but all previous attempts have failed. So what does the U.S. have to show for $19T worth of debt besides crumbling federal highways and bridges in danger of collapsing? Not much other than the world’s finest military and a lot of money spent keeping the elderly population happy, alive and healthy. The U.S. Government receives most of its tax revenues from the labor of its people and

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