I searched ATS to make sure this hasn't been posted before. I didn't find anything, but if I missed a thread somewhere, mods feel free to remove it.
A couple of days ago I came across an interesting link titled "A visualization of United States Debt". Being curious as to what our debt "looks"
like, I clicked on it to find a shocking and hopeless truth (assuming that the mathematics are correct). The link has a somewhat humorous title, and I
can relate: WTFnoway.com
Unfortunately I can't post the images here, so please follow the link and scroll down for the step-by-step visuals of our national debt. When you
finally come to the bottom, you'll probably start wondering how in hell we buried ourselves this deep, and what sort of catastrophic event it would
take to wipe it all away. I thought about spending cuts, even tax hikes, but still it seems absolutely hopeless. It would take generations upon
generations to pay it all off, and that's assuming that we stop all spending right now.
I find it incredibly funny that our "leaders" preach financial responsibility to the rest of us, yet they themselves seem to have absolutely NO
restraint! We have Harvard and Yale graduates (supposedly the best-educated people in the country) "representing" us, yet they don't seem to
understand simple mathematics. Of course it is debatable whether they "understand" it, but simply don't give a flying %&*% what it will do to the
country as a whole as long as they have big houses, nice cars, and big yachts docked right outside their back yard.
Who is to blame here? Politicians, the lawyers working for them and the Corporations who dare buy them for their own benefit (everyone else be damned)
are to blame. (Let's keep in mind that not all corporations and businesses run on that same model, many of whom have been incredibly beneficial to us
and who treat their employees with respect)
WE are also to blame for allowing it to go on this long! WE are to blame for keeping them in office! WE are to blame for keeping our eyes closed for
decades on end. WE are to blame for not remaining vigilant, and instead sinking deeper and deeper into contentment when we shouldn't be. We've been
too lazy and comfortable, and only now that the garbage is starting to reek, filling the entire house with an unbearable stink, we finally remembered
we forgot to take out the trash. This is a very hard lesson to learn. Many will suffer before things get better. Try not to live beyond your means,
boys and girls, and do your best not to rely on your Government for help when it all comes crashing down. They do not have your best interest at