If you search the Web you can find a number of debt clocks. Here’s one page that will give you a headache: www.usdebtclock.org/. This page shows a running meter of the U.S. national debt, which goes by too fast for the eye and brain to follow, and many other financial markers. Some numbers fluctuate up and down, like taxes. Some stand still; that is, they don’t change as quickly as the others.
There’s no way to judge the accuracy of this page, and it’s not clear who is behind it, but if you hover your mouse over the tab labels you’ll get the sources of the figures. There’s no doubt, however, that our debt, which was more or less managed under Clinton, has increased under Obama to a truly incredible and frightening degree, and it shows no signs of retreat.
Obama is not solely responsible for all the debt. He had Congress to help him. But he doesn’t seem to have any interest in reducing the debt or spending.
Can you afford to increase your personal debt, whether or not you are a taxpayer? Because it is our debt.