A Tad More Than A Pound Of Flesh

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 11:21 AM.

It is well documented that the United States of America is something a’kin to seventeen trillion dollars in debt. I’m not even going to get into here how much money that is ’cause I don’t know. I care of course, we all do! But seventeen trillion of anything is light years beyond my comprehension.

Here’s what I’d like someone to explain to me this morning. Who, exactly, do we owe that money to?

It can’t be France. We’ve done baled them out twice. We “lend leased” every thing we had to England back in 1940. I don’t think they’ve paid us back yet. It can’t be Germany. After we flattened them in World War II, we immediately paid for most of the rebuilding. Germany, more than any country on earth, has proved that old Will Rogers’ adage, “The best thing a country can do is to get into a war with America…..and lose.” 

It obviously isn’t Greece, Spain or Italy. They are all three broke…..and I don’t think even they could spend seventeen trillion that fast! I’m running out of countries! Americans have bought enough Toyotas to make Japan rich….but that enterprising nation had rather sell us electronic devices and Godzilla movies than loan us money. The oil rich Middle East nations don’t trust us enough to loan us anything. Plus, we’d have to “turn over” Israel in any deal with them.

We all know it is not GM, Chrysler or Fannie Mae. Those folks seem to have some kind of “open account” with Washington. You would think a United States of America “note holder” would naturally be one of the big banks…..but that can’t be the case. Our government has been giving them money just to keep them open. If somehow we were indebted to them to the tune of seventeen trillion, it would be the other way around!

Questions abound here. How do you get seventeen trillion dollars in debt? That, in itself, is near ’bout unfathomable! You’d have to have government officials spending around the clock, or just giving it away, to unload that kind of dough. Someone must be laying awake at night, scheming up ways to reach such debt heights! I’ve heard of “pork barreling”, “expense accounts”, “sinkholes”, “foreign reparations” and “the cost of doing business” but something here has gotten way out of hand. And please, don’t give us the ole “best interest of the country” speech!

I read recently that our government spent right at eighteen million dollars on a test project to create an inflatable home for astronauts in space. Well there you go! Why didn’t they just borrow a pup tent from the nearest Boy Scout? Don’t tell me we’ve got people in charge of our money that have “eyes that are bigger than their stomachs”! 

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