Following the National Debt on Twitter
I’ve done a couple posts here on the national debt – the inability of the national debt clock in New York City to handle the rollover to $10,000,000,000,000.00, and the freezing of the Treasury Department’s online national debt clock, now resolved.
Unfamiliar with Twitter? I wrote some about it while I was deciding whether or not to Tweet WashingtonWatch.com stuff.
The National Debt Twitter feed is hosted by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, which is dedicated to “increasing public awareness of the nature and urgency of several key challenges threatening America’s future, and to accelerating action on them.” Sounds good to me.
They have an interesting page on the real national debt, which stands at about $53 trillion, not the $10+ trillion we think of. This is the debt calculation that includes what the federal government has committed to pay in Social Security and Medicare benefits beyond expected revenues in those programs.
Your share of the real national debt is about $175,000. You and every other person in the country. The real national debt is a real problem.
Anyway, kudos to the folks at the Peterson Foundation for pressing these issues as we’re doing from time to time here. Now, if we could just get through to you people!
Seriously, pass this post along to someone who you know who might be interested. We can get this national debt situation under control if everyone pays a little attention and takes a little time to get a handle on all that our government is into. We’re here to help you do that. And we’re gonna make it fun! (huh – maybe)