Big, Fat Uncle Sam and the U.S. National Debt

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Uncle Sam has put on 247 lbs since 2000.

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Big, Fat Uncle Sam and the U.S. National Debt

  1. 1. “Big, Fat Uncle Sam and the U.S. National Debt” By Tom Tierney29 May 2013If you use the “time machine” function on the www.usdebtclock.org website, you can comparethe U.S. National Debt from the year 2000, to the current debt of 2013.In 2000, the U.S. debt was roughly $20K per U.S. citizen. Currently in 2013, the U.S. debt isroughly $53K per U.S. citizen. Neither of these figures include “unfunded liabilities” (socialsecurity, health care etc.), which hopefully get addressed before they have to be funded.So, what would the iconic “Uncle Sam” image look like if he visually represented thecomparison of $20K debt per U.S. citizen in 2000 versus the $53K today?Let’s say “Uncle Sam” weighed around 150 lbs in 2000 ($20K), he would weigh roughly 397 lbsin 2013 ($53K), weight increase in proportion to debt increase (53K/20K = 2.65, 150 x 2.65 =397.50).Here’s Uncle Sam’s weight gain, in proportion to the National Debt per U.S. citizen, over thepast 13 years:YEAR U.S. Debt Per Citizen Uncle Sam’s Weight2000 ~$20,000 150 lbs2004 ~$24,000 180 lbs2008 ~$31,000 232 lbs2013 ~$53,000 397 lbsHow’s that for a visual?Needless to say, I think “Uncle Sam” needs to go on a diet.Tom Tierney lives in Encinitas, CA and is a member of Tech Coast Angels (www.techcoastangels.com).Also see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tech_coast_angels for more background information on the TCA.

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