America's national debt is exploding out of control, and still most politicians in Washington D.C. don't really seem that interested in doing anything about it. Why? Well, the truth is that if the U.S. government reduces government spending that will slow down the economy, and if the economy slows down then Americans will blame the politicians, and if Americans are angry at the politicians then they will be less likely to vote them back into office. So we actually have a system where our politicians have an incentive not to do anything about the national debt. Meanwhile, the exploding debt continues to become a colossal long-term problem that threatens to destroy not only our economy, but our entire way of life. The federal budget deficit has topped $1 trillion with three months still to go in the current budget year. It is projected that the final budget deficit for 2010 will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.3 to 1.5 trillion dollars. But can we really afford to keep having deficits that are over a trillion dollars every single year?
No, we can't.
In fact, Democrat Erskine Bowles, one of the heads of Barack Obama's national debt commission, recently told the National Governors Association that the U.S. national debt "is like a cancer".
How much of a cancer?
Well, according to Bowles, if the U.S. government does not make any changes it will be spending $2 trillion just for interest on the national debt by 2020.
2 trillion dollars.
The entire U.S. government will only spend somewhere between 3 and 4 trillion dollars in all of 2010.
Yes, that is how desperate the situation is becoming.
If something is not done about this horrific debt it is going to swallow our nation alive financially.
The following are 11 facts about America's national debt in 2010 that should alarm us all....
*On June 1st, the U.S. National Debt was $13,050,826,460,886.
*From the founding of the United States until Ronald Reagan took office we accumulated a total of about 1 trillion dollars in debt. Now the U.S. national debt is over 13 trillion dollars.
*It is projected that the U.S. government will issue nearly as much new debt in 2010 as the rest of the governments of the world combined.
*If right this moment you went out and started spending one dollar every single second, it would take you more than 31,000 years to spend one trillion dollars. But somehow the U.S. government has accumulated a debt that is over 13 trillion dollars.
*If you do the math, the truth is that it is simply not possible to pay off the U.S. national debt. In fact, if you took every single dollar out of every single bank and out of every single wallet there wouldn't be anywhere close to enough money to do it.
*According to an official U.S. government report, rapidly growing interest costs on the U.S. national debt together with spending on major entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare will absorb approximately 92 cents of every dollar of federal revenue by the year 2019. That is before one penny is spent on anything else.
*Back in 1950, each retiree's Social Security benefit was paid for by approximately 16 workers. Today, each retiree's Social Security benefit is paid for by approximately 3.3 workers. By 2025 it is projected that there will be approximately two workers for each retiree.
*According to the Congressional Budget Office, in 2010 the Social Security system will pay out more in benefits than it receives in payroll taxes. That was not supposed to happen until at least 2016.
*Over 40 million Americans are now on food stamps and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting that more than 43 million Americans will be on food stamps by the end of 2011.
*Approximately 57 percent of Barack Obama's 3.8 trillion dollar budget for 2011 consists of direct payments to individual Americans or is money that is spent on their behalf.
*A trillion $10 bills, if they were taped end to end, would wrap around the globe more than 380 times. That amount of money would still not be enough to pay off the U.S. national debt.
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