Letters to the Editor

August 15, 2014

Spending, debt now out of control

The U.S. government's debt is $17.5 trillion dollars. Let's pretend dollars are seconds -- 17.5 trillion in seconds equals approximately 550,000 years. Human civilization has existed about 7,000 years. The estimated increase in federal debt for 2014 alone when converted into seconds equals 15,850 years. Every year of interest payments at 4 percent equals 22,196 years. Nice gift to our young, isn't it?

Related content