The national debt now equals the entire U.S. economy


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The day of reckoning looms: The national debt now equals the entire U.S. economy.

The amount of money the federal government owes to its creditors, combined with IOUs to government retirement and other programs, now tops $15.23 trillion. That’s roughly equal to the value of all goods and services the U.S. economy produces in one year: $15.17 trillion as of September, the latest estimate. Private projections show the economy likely grew to about $15.3 trillion by December — a level the debt is likely to surpass this month.

But don’t worry. The press is focused like a laser on more important issues, such as whether the states might someday consider outlawing the pill.

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