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$16 trillion & counting

September 8, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

It was just announced on TV today, Sept. 4, that the USA national debt has finally passed the $16,000,000,000,000 (trillion) mark. An outstanding, detestable milestone and a negative reflection on the performance of the occupants of both the White House and Congress. Their combined attitudes reflect a lack of competence and concern. I find it puzzling to observe the attitude of both major parties concerning the policy of the recently formed "Tea Party." They are the only group of elected officials interested in a balanced budget and tax control. Both major parties are constantly demonizing them. I would like to see them prevail and finally witness some common sense spending constraints established in Washington, D.C. In the event this does not happen, the USA is doomed to total collapse and anarchy, and sooner rather than later.

To put this $16 trillion number in a perspective we can easily comprehend, how long do you think 16 trillion seconds are in terms of years? One trillion seconds is 31,689 years. If we were to pay off our national debt at the rate of one dollar per second, it would take us 507,024 years to satisfy this obligation, assuming we operated with a balanced budget while we were paying it off.

Yes, 16 trillion seconds are 507,024 years. A really large number. Meanwhile, the national debt has been increasing at the rate of $45,952 each and every second, 24/7/365 since midnight 12/31/2008. If this fact does not infuriate all of you, we are in big trouble. We have an opportunity to vote many of the current batch of clowns out of office in November. Let's do it.

R.E. Workman

Cape Coral



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