Check the household comparison when they take away 8 zeros from the national debt status. Two days ago Congress, with the Presidents urging continued a tax break for 162 million workers. Another loan from China I presume. The Best Summary Ever: Why the U.S. credit rating was downgraded: . 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: . Annual family income: $21,700 . Money the family spent: $38,200 . New debt on the credit card: $16,500 . Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710 . Total budget cuts: $385 Got it? OK now Lesson # 2: Here's another way to look at the Debt Ceiling: Let's say, You come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in your neighborhood....and your home has sewage all the way up to your ceilings. What do you think you should do? 1. Raise the Ceilings, or 2. Pump out the sewage Your Choice is coming November 2012.