National Debt costs everyone

By Taylor Stilwell
Staff Writer

Do you know how much money you owe the government? Do you know how much the national debt is in America? Have you or have you not started working yet? Should you care? Why should you care? Will you be able pay it off? Are you apart of the debt?

To start it off the nation’s debt is and still growing over $16 trillion dollars $16,738,158,460,368 to be exact and still growing. The government on average spends $35 million dollars every 2 hours and $2 billion dollars every 24 hours. The amount of money individual US civilians owe to the government right now is $52,752 even if they have or haven’t started working. Should anyone be upset? Yes because every day that passes the debt raises higher and higher.

There are 317,297,938 U.S citizens and they owe the government money; and a huge percentage of the population hasn’t even started working yet.

Why should anyone care? People should care because as long as the government spends more money the debt goes up and it will never stop. Even one million years after you die the citizens of America still won’t have the debt paid off.

  •  To pay back one million dollars, at a rate of one dollar per second, would take you 11.5 days.
  •  To pay back one billion dollars, at a rate of one dollar per second, would take you 32 years.
  •  To pay back one trillion dollars, at a rate of one dollar per second, would take you 31,688 years.

If you had $50,000 and spent that every year to pay off the debt it would take 32 million years to pay off $1 trillion. Now multiply the 32 million by 16 and you will get 512 million years that’s how long it will take to pay off the debt America is always going to be in debt and it will never be paid off.
There’re some students who feel like the debt is not going to affect them in any way.
“I feel like it’s not going to matter either way because nobody will do anything about it, and if they try to, the government won’t listen or do anything about it” said Sophomore Collin Walters.

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