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  1. Profile photo of msieg007
    msieg007 Male 18-29
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    April 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm
    Link: The United States National Debt Clock - In real time! Oh I love feeling involved, don`t you? Americans will sob. Non-Americans will LOL.
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    Salted_Eggs Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm
    It`s like listening to the ocean OvO
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    SorasNobody Male 13-17
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    April 28, 2010 at 1:12 pm
    "Like"
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    admisaok Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm
    wow i didn`t know our national debt goes up at such a constant pace. it`s good to know that we spend our money linearly
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    firetiger16 Female 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm
    Wow just...wow.
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    FoSchizle Male 18-29
    323 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 1:18 pm
    Now you know why people are pissed off about Health Care.
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    pmarren Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm
    Ooh, pretty.
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    TNoussis Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm
    LOL
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    bizzarmind Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm
    yep....I need to move to Canada
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    dsp2003 Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm
    perhaps im reading it wrong, but did anyone else notice that the total US debt in the center was actually going down?
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    Dr_Sexy Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm
    this was really interesting thanks
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    littlepete50 Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm
    har har!
  13. Profile photo of Dakkar
    Dakkar Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm
    A more interesting statistic is debt as a percentage of GDP. It is comparable, but the U.S. is better than Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, UK, Norway, and other industrialized nations.

    CIA provides the source

    So from those details, the U.S. should actually be entitled to the laugh. But unlike our European counterparts, we`re too humble to do that.

    Of course, there are many other details to consider too, some more damning to America and some not. All said, irresponsible spending is bad for everyone. A person can bankrupt themselves in less than a lifetime by being irresponsible, it just takes a country a few more lifetimes.
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    Nerdfighter0 Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 1:50 pm
    Ouch. It burns.
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    lakerzz8 Male 18-29
    366 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 1:53 pm
    There is nothing wrong with increasing national debt as long as our GDP increases along with it, and in most cases it does. As long as the GDP grows, the US can continue making payments on their loans and countries will continue lending money to the US.
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    xhappyhourx Female 18-29
    34 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 2:02 pm
    Thank you, Obama.
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    StarDagger Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2010 at 2:04 pm
    The EU countries have much less debt than the USA. The US would not be able to apply to the EU because of economic practices that are against the EU treaty (and because of the US` use of the death penalty, it would be excluded on human rights grounds)
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    Dakkar Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm
    EU countries have less gross debt than the U.S., but many of them have a higher debt percentage of GDP. As this has been pointed out, it is a more serious problem.
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    brutalnewt Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm
    Isn`t that the way debt is supposed to go under our current economic system that is based entirely on constant growth? If you want to stop seeing debt go up, the US needs to shift to a "steady state" economic policy. Until then, the system is designed to be either booming or busting, there is no middle ground.
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    FoSchizle Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 2:24 pm
    Lakerzz8, you are the reason this crap is happening. When did debt become acceptable? When did spending more than you make EVER make sense? They only time a country should be in debt is if it`s trying to develop, but guess what... WE ARE developed. Now we`re just blowing money on more and more worthless and broken government programs.

    If it wasn`t for people trying to live beyond their means we wouldn`t have had most of this crisis happen, particularly the housing market crash.
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    blckhawk1234 Male 18-29
    518 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 2:27 pm
    @xhappyhourx

    Your statement made me laugh. I would like to thank you. Now please don`t reproduce unless you have logical reasoning behind your statement.
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    Lou-Saydus Male 13-17
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    April 28, 2010 at 2:28 pm
    and 0% of that debit is mine.
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    MCFC89 Male 18-29
    122 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 2:35 pm
    haha ya that is bad
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
    15511 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 2:39 pm
    Oh crap, It doesnt look like the best time to start selling this

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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25407 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 2:45 pm
    Hmm.. i wonder if its genuine!
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    Mo73 Male 30-39
    322 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm
    hmmm..better then i thought..
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    a1butcher Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm
    Dakkar..". A person can bankrupt themselves in less than a lifetime by being irresponsible, it just takes a country a few more lifetimes."

    Good point...but, isn`t EVERYTHING we do is "less than a lifetime"... think about it,

    I just sayin...
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    tvremote Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 3:00 pm
    You know, as hard as it is for people to believe, other countries besides the US have debt. In fact, *gasp* the US isn`t even the worst off. Not by a long shot. Sure ours looks bad, but as a percentage of GDP it`s piddly.

    Oh and you smug Europeans, why don`t you buy some Greek bonds then tell me how bad the US debt is.
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    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 3:01 pm
    I don`t see any numbers, just empty boxes.
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    wko Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 3:21 pm
    bright flashy numbers hurt my eyes
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    Omni Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 3:30 pm
    "I don`t see any numbers, just empty boxes."

    Call now and we`ll also make your debt DISAPPEAR!
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    Mo73 Male 30-39
    322 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm
    Why would we cry...the debt is going down if you look at that. sooo...im happy.
  33. Profile photo of Dakkar
    Dakkar Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 3:37 pm
    "Good point...but, isn`t EVERYTHING we do is "less than a lifetime"... think about it,

    I just sayin..."

    I completely understand, my statement was a little weak without any additional clarification.

    What I was trying to convey was the fact that we can be blinded by our lifetime quantum and fail to see things like government spending on a macro-level. All of our actions constrained to 80 years really hurts our view past that point.

    In my opinion, this is at least of part of the reason why many problems keep getting forfeited to younger generations. And the only time people act on it is when it is too late to stop it. That is, of course, an untrue blanket statement, but in many cases I think it holds.
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    Kadinsky Male 18-29
    575 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 4:06 pm
    LOL
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    MrSchreiber Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 4:23 pm
    How`s the National Debt going up, but the "Total Debt" going down? I`m no economist, someone explain this to me?
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    deltaumarcus Male 18-29
    1958 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm
    *head desk*
  37. Profile photo of ZNaught
    ZNaught Male 13-17
    351 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm
    @MrSchreiber: Because that includes EVERYONE`s debt. Such as household and business debt. WHY DOESN`T ANYONE PUT YOUR CURSOR OVER THIS?

    The federal debt is going up, however the private sector debt is being reduced. (Maybe that is because they actually know that they need to tighten their belts)

    So guys, I hope you like your entitlements. They are simply destroying this country.
  38. Profile photo of ZNaught
    ZNaught Male 13-17
    351 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 5:03 pm
    @Loxen: If by pay it back you mean... Increase spending... then yes!
  39. Profile photo of Loxen
    Loxen Female 30-39
    1387 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 5:03 pm
    Debt... hmm... Is there really a plan on paying it back at some point?
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    jamie76 Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm
    atually to even worry about the debt is pointless...the US relies on the debt and it has for decades.

    the US sells its debt to other countries, mostly China, and uses the money to fund the budget etc...any time China or other countries that hold debt start making overtures that they are going to cash in on their holdings the US deflates the value of the dollar, crashing their debt value and everything stays the way it was.

    this will most likely never change...not in anyone`s life time.
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    perhapsmaybe Female 18-29
    446 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 5:42 pm
    Im moving to Australia.
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    SomeShoes Male 13-17
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    April 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm
    COUGHzeitgeistCOUGH

    lol
  43. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 6:16 pm
    the US sells its debt to other countries, mostly China, and uses the money to fund the budget etc...any time China or other countries that hold debt start making overtures that they are going to cash in on their holdings the US deflates the value of the dollar, crashing their debt value and everything stays the way it was.

    Nope. The dollar looses value. One day the Euro will become the leading circulated currency. This will be within our lifetimes.
  44. Profile photo of Pabasa
    Pabasa Male 18-29
    4014 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 6:28 pm
    Dollar will still lose value, but in my opinion it will still be the leading currency for global trading purposes in the near future (10 years more, at least). No other currency is stable enough to replace the USD.

    Euro? Look at how one country can threaten the entire currency. Yen? The Japanese are overprotective of their currency, can`t use it for trade. Pound Sterling? It`s devaluating, fast. I think the Renminbi has the potential, but its user base is very small, and it`ll take more than 10 years for them to reach even Yen standards.
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    howlingwolf Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 7:04 pm
    Look at all the pretty numbers going up, up, up...
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    msieg007 Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 7:12 pm
    I`ve been coming here 6 years and this is the first link I`ve had posted... What does that say about me?
  47. Profile photo of ZNaught
    ZNaught Male 13-17
    351 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 7:29 pm
    @Pabasa: Stable? Monetizing debt you say?

    Not only are we monetizing the debt, but our debt is going to get so out of control that the interest (ONLY THE INTEREST, not money that we are paying back) will become the largest part of the budget in years to come.
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    krisley Male 18-29
    525 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 7:51 pm
    .... I don`t feel educated enough to talk about currency and world trade and what-not, but from looking at those numbers... i`d say we`re pretty boned.
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8309 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 8:09 pm
    > perhapsmaybe
    > Im moving to Australia

    It`s not as good as you think it is here. I mean, apart from the 30-hour working week for average $700US per week, the sunshine, the low population density of 1 person per 2.8 sq km, the free health care, hospitals, ambulance, dental, the fact that even unemployed people get paid $400 per week, without any time limit, or the fact that our speed limit is 75mph, and the stunning scenery, lack of pollution, extremely low crime rate and incredible abundance of mineral wealth in our ground, we really have nothing whatsoever going for us over here.
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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
    7425 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 8:20 pm
    hey, at least its going down.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    31771 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 8:36 pm
    Gosh, Obama is so much a better president than Bush! Just LOOK at how fast he`s making the debt rise! It took that loser Bush 8 whole years to blow 2 trillion!
    /sarc
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    yudontn0me Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 8:50 pm
    > perhapsmaybe
    > Im moving to Australia

    It`s not as good as you think it is here. I mean, apart from the 30-hour working week for average $700US per week, the sunshine, the low population density of 1 person per 2.8 sq km, the free health care, hospitals, ambulance, dental, the fact that even unemployed people get paid $400 per week, without any time limit, or the fact that our speed limit is 75mph, and the stunning scenery, lack of pollution, extremely low crime rate and incredible abundance of mineral wealth in our ground, we really have nothing whatsoever going for us over here.

    plus, you gotta deal with ausholes every day.
  53. Profile photo of axeman929
    axeman929 Male 30-39
    195 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 9:09 pm
    Debt solved. Dissolve USA and start anew.
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    Raberboom Male 18-29
    833 posts
    April 28, 2010 at 9:33 pm
    wow someone made a table with numbers going up... how interesting.
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    xxPinkxx Female 18-29
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    April 28, 2010 at 9:40 pm
    LOL
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    April 28, 2010 at 9:45 pm
    We are so phucked...
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    Evilcupcake Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm
    kind of looks like the clock I have hanging on my wall that keeps track of how long since I lost got laid...
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    Pabasa Male 18-29
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    April 29, 2010 at 2:18 am
    @Znaught

    Stable might not be the appropriate word. It`s definitely doomed, but it`s still the number 1 used currency in the world, and that won`t change in the near future. Either another currency needs to step up their game (Yuan and Euro are working hard) or we need a new monetary system.
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    Kiwigirl2 Female 30-39
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    April 29, 2010 at 2:43 am
    I didn`t think that a number that big existed! How you gonna get out of this one USA??
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    CurlybackJoe Male 18-29
    222 posts
    April 29, 2010 at 4:16 am
    lolz

    suckers :P
  61. Profile photo of SamVimes
    SamVimes Male 30-39
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    April 29, 2010 at 4:24 am
    These are frightening numbers to consider.

    That being said, at least someone in America had the capacity and concern to create something like this. We haven`t seen anything like this for any other countries.

    Canada - "The good news is that we`re several billion Loonies in the black. The bad news is that internationally we`re known as, `America`s Hat.`"

    Greece - "We can`t afford to make this clock. Give us some Euros."

    China - "We`re the only people to report economic growth during the recession! Haha! Let`s use all that money to buy American debt! Ha... wait, what?"

    Nigeria - "Please send me your bank account number so I can transfer out national budget surplus into it."

    France - "We surrender!"
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    mal_BB Male 18-29
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    April 29, 2010 at 5:43 am
    "I didn`t think that a number that big existed! How you gonna get out of this one USA??"
    Simple; Never actually pay it off. Think of the government being a student, and the government debt being the biggest student loan ever to exist. Technically the money doesn`t even exist anyways, so America, don`;t worry about it too much! The UK is in a similar boat.
  63. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8309 posts
    April 29, 2010 at 6:19 am
    > SamVimes
    > at least someone in America had the capacity and concern to create something like this

    You forgot Switzerland in your Countries list: $3,123,288,323.00239121039802930921
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    rebetikas Male 30-39
    213 posts
    April 29, 2010 at 6:27 am
    13 Trillion! That`s about 41k for each person, or about 100k for each person in your workforce. This is something I won`t need to tell my grandchildren, you`ll still be paying off this debt in a hundred years.
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    Lizzy_girl Female 18-29
    47 posts
    April 29, 2010 at 6:37 am
    Hahahahaha ahahahahahaa!!

    How the hell did you manage this one America? *watches it keep going up forever*
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    Sinclair Male 30-39
    269 posts
    April 29, 2010 at 6:45 am
    Yes, and your major screw-up has been felt here in Canada as well. Still not hearing any apologies, U.S.A....
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    mal_BB Male 18-29
    1231 posts
    April 29, 2010 at 6:52 am
    xhappyhourx- you`re level of ignorance astounds me. This isn`t a new problem- and Obama can not be blamed for it, in fact, believe it or not, he has little say in the matter.
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    crabcake Female 30-39
    397 posts
    April 29, 2010 at 7:26 am
    wouldn`t it be funny if america was a ZILLION dollars in debt? we should all get a prize at that mark.
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    GosuPaul Male 18-29
    516 posts
    April 29, 2010 at 7:48 am
    It`s quite obvious that our federal government needs an Economic Stimulus package.

    40 trillion will do.

    Any volunteers?
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    Brant167 Male 18-29
    106 posts
    April 29, 2010 at 8:33 am
    They don`t include how much other countries oe the U.S. which is actually double the deficate. But hey, we only want to induce parinoia and turmoil right?
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    radoinc Male 18-29
    184 posts
    April 29, 2010 at 8:36 am
    I wish I could lol. But we`re all going down with you :(
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    April 29, 2010 at 10:47 am
    "We`re going down in a spiral to the ground
    No one, no one`s gonna save us now! (not even god!)
    No one saved us, no one saved us
    No one saved us, no one`s gonna save us now
    Where do you expect us to go when the bombs fall?"
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    ajr2006 Male 18-29
    943 posts
    April 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm
    Yes, I cry when I see that America has the highest GDP in the world, second to only the European Union, which is comprised of 27 countries competing against our one country. *sob sob sob* /sarcasm
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    ZNaught Male 13-17
    351 posts
    April 29, 2010 at 5:04 pm
    @Pabasa: We simply need to cut spending, cut entitlement programs and return America to the ideals it was founded on. Then we can use a 11% flat rate tax (will actually cover all of our current spending...) and pay off the debt. I find it funny how you can actually donate money to the fed with your taxes now. What a joke, at least until we stop spending like crazy.
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    angelo0317 Male 18-29
    331 posts
    April 29, 2010 at 8:00 pm
    AAAAHHH!
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    Armydillo Male 13-17
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    April 29, 2010 at 10:40 pm
    LOL McGovern.
    Their best album.
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    APJ311 Male 13-17
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    April 30, 2010 at 9:01 am
    This is confusing. o_O
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    plurr4all Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm
    yuck
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    last-iconOC Male 13-17
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    June 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm
    and so my trek begins through all the old post up until the most recent D:

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