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1/18/2013 9:22:00 AM
Driving our nation debt

To the Editor:

I was reading an Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader and came upon an interesting bit of information. 

A stack of a trillion new $1 bills would be 69,000 miles high. If that stack contained $100 dollar bills it would only be 690 miles high. If the national debt, which is now a shade short of $16.4 trillion, was stacked in a pile of $100 bills, that stack would be 11,316 miles high. 

My 2002 Chevrolet Suburban gets 15 miles per gallon on the highway. It would take me 755 gallons of gas to drive the length of the stack of bills. At today’s gas prices about $3.15 a gallon, my cost would be $2,378.25 for fuel. Driving the distance non-stop, at a gas saving 55 mph, would take me a few minutes under 206 hours.

Today each man, woman, and child, who are citizens of the United States of America, owes $52,000 to pay off the national debt. I haven’t figured out how high a stack of $100 bills that is per citizen. I don’t want to even try to figure it out.

I do have an idea to decrease individual debt for each citizen. The government would grant citizenship to all the illegals in the country. The United States population of 313 million citizens would be increased by 11.1 million to 324.1 million citizens. Divide the national debt by the new number of citizens and everyone would be ecstatic over the lower amount they owed toward the national debt. 

Unfortunately my plan might appear to lower everyone’s “fair share” of the national debt, but does nothing to pay the debt off. If the Congress decided to act on a plan like this it would be patting itself on the back and proclaiming how they have reduced everybody’s individual debt in one fell swoop, but would they mention the millions of dollars in cost to implement. The government would have to borrow millions more to get their savings information out to the public.

If Congress had looked back in history, they might have found the answer to the national debt problem. It was the Mayans that decided the world would end on Dec. 21, 2012. The solution: No world, no debt. That was another plan that didn’t pan out. 

Why doesn’t the government just buy everyone a parachute to use when the country goes over the “financial cliff?”

Dave Beranis
Racine and Presque Isle

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