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Suffering from Triskaidekatwinkia

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By John Pawlak

Twelve trillion bottles of beer on the wall, 12 trillion bottles of beer. You take one down and toss it around and before you know it, you’ll see 13 trillion bottles up there!  No, no, no, I shouldn’t use beer in this analogy.  The last thing I would ever want to do is bad mouth beer.  

What I wanted to talk about is dollars and yes, the nearly inconceivable has happened again.  Our national debt has hit yet another trillion dollar mark.  As news stations continued to focus on the Gulf oil spill, violence in Gaza and mounting tensions between North and South Korea, our national debt quietly crept over $13 trillion.

Thirteen trillion.  That’s a big number and much bigger when you are talking dollars.  Then again, the dollar isn’t what it used to be.  If the world market continues to deteriorate, we might be able to barter off that debt for a small chest of trinkets and a few cases of cigarettes.

Anyway, as I’ve said before, a trillion is a big number.  I know that it gets tiring to hear about this, so maybe I should only rant about the national debt every time we hit another trillion-dollar mark.  Of course, that’s getting more and more common these days


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