176 years ago. The last year was 1836. But I guess the question is not WTF happen. The REAL question is who do we blame for this? With this country being in debt for the last 176 years I think it's safe to say we will never be debt free again. If we haven't gotten it right by now it will never happen. The Democrats will keep doing the same shit that doesn't work and so will the Republicans. The American sheeple will keep thinking that their party is better than the other add keep voting party instead of job. Nothing will ever change because sheeple are to stupid to change things. Just remember "An educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern" This nation is none of those things.