Brilliantly explained.. This puts things into a much better perspective. Lesson # 1: * U.S. Tax revenue: $ 2,170,000,000,000 * Fed budget: $ 3,820,000,000,000 * New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000 * National debt: $14,271,000,000,000 * Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000 Let's now remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget: * A nnual family income: $ 21,700. * Money the family spent: $ 38,200. * New debt on the credit card: $ 16,500. * Outstanding on the credit card: $142,710. * Total budget cuts so far: $ 385. Got It ?????